N F O R M A T I O N T E C H N O L O G Y
physicians recognize value of Pharmacy Network
In a recent survey
administered by the Centre for Health Information, in partnership with
the NLMA, physicians were asked a series of questions regarding their
attitudes towards technological change, and awareness of the Pharmacy
Network, the provincial drug information system.
In a recent survey administered by the
Centre for Health Information, in partnership with the NLMA,
physicians were asked a series of questions regarding their
attitudes towards technological change, and awareness of the
Pharmacy Network, the provincial drug information system.
The successful implementation and adoption
of the Pharmacy Network is an important step in the development of the
provincial electronic health record (EHR). The Centre is managing the
development of the NL EHR and conducted the survey as part of efforts to
assess physicians’ level of readiness for the Pharmacy Network and to
plan future engagement and collaboration with physicians.
While the survey response level was low,
the survey did uncover some noticeable trends.
For the most part, physicians were in
agreement on perceived benefits of the Pharmacy Network. Eighty-one per
cent of respondents felt it was important that the Pharmacy Network
provide online, real-time medication profiles to health professionals.
Almost 70 per cent believed the Pharmacy Network would help reduce the
amount of prescription drugs present in the illegal drug trade and that
it was very important to allow for sharing of patient medication
profiles among health professionals, in both hospitals and community
clinics in the province.
When it came to assessing computer
aptitudes and resources as the province prepares for Pharmacy Network
deployment, over 70 per cent of those surveyed used a computer in their
clinical practice on a daily basis, and over 65 per cent had access to
the internet, with over 86 per cent of those using a high speed
connection. Forty per cent of physicians indicated that the greatest
challenges in incorporating the Pharmacy Network into their clinical
practice would be the lack of time to learn a new system and intrusion
to clinical workflow.
The survey revealed that although
physicians recognize the value of the Pharmacy Network, they were unsure
where to find information regarding the project (50%), are unaware of
timing and implementation phases (60%) and do not have a complete
understanding of the project and its connection to the NL EHR.
The Centre also asked about physicians’
preferred methods for receiving future communications regarding the
Pharmacy Network. This information will be used to develop further
communication and increase engagement of physicians.
Physician acceptance and adoption of the
Pharmacy Network is essential to its success. The Centre for Health
Information is committed to increasing its engagement with physicians as
the Pharmacy Network moves closer to “going live”.
NLMA members are encouraged to check out
the latest edition of the
EHR Fast Facts,
which includes an update on development of the Pharmacy Network and
additional NL EHR projects. As well, physicians can download a copy of
Pharmacy Network Patient Consent Management and Access Consultation