N F O R M A T I O N T E C H N O L O G Y
Registry: A foundational registry of the EHR
The Centre for Health
Information is managing the development of the EHR on behalf of the
province, regional health authorities, health professionals and the
public, and is currently working to develop the Provider Registry.
To successfully implement a provincial
Electronic Health Record (EHR), several foundational registries must
be created to support full clinical information sharing. The Newfoundland and
Labrador Centre for Health Information is managing the
development of the EHR on behalf of the province, regional health
authorities, health professionals and the public, and is currently
working to develop the Provider Registry.
The Provider Registry is a secure,
web-based system that will hold professional and demographic
information, as well as delivery location information, for licensed
health providers who are authorized to use the Newfoundland and Labrador
The application chosen by Newfoundland and
Labrador to serve as the Provider Registry is a proven and secure
application that has been implemented in British Columbia, Alberta,
Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Additionally, the same Provider Registry
system is used by Medavie Blue Cross. There is no linkage among the data
in the provincial provider registries or the provider registry of any
Information in the Provider Registry is
supplied by the regulatory organizations for licensed health providers.
As the regulatory bodies change their rosters, updates will be sent to
the Provider Registry to ensure that data remains current.
Certain data elements held in the Provider
Registry are required for purposes of identifying providers. These
include provider type, provider ID, name, status code (the current state
of the license), and status reason (any provided reason for the current
To support the implementation of the
Pharmacy Network, the Provider Registry project will start with the
integration of the six regulatory bodies whose professionals prescribe,
dispense or view medication profiles. These are the College of
Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador, Association of
Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador, Newfoundland and
Labrador Pharmacy Board, Newfoundland and Labrador Dental Board,
Newfoundland and Labrador Optometric Board, and the Newfoundland and
Labrador Veterinary Licensing Board.
The Provider Registry is a secure and
private system that is not accessible by the general public or by the
regulatory bodies. Information provided to the Provider Registry is of a
professional nature, is standard across all health professions, and is
already available publicly on the Internet or by request to a regulatory
The Centre for Health Information will act
only as a custodian of the data entrusted to it for use in the EHR.
Formal agreements with the regulatory bodies that govern the parameters
of use and disclosure will be in place prior to deployment.
For more information about the Provider
Registry, please email Herb Spence
or call (709) 752-6041.