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Provider Registry: A foundational registry of the EHR

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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.

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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 EHR.

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 private company.

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 status).

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 body.

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.



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