The College has long had an interest and an objective to harness the power of technology to improve pharmacy care and ultimately deliver better health outcomes for British Columbians. The College is proud of the work it did in supporting the launch of the PharmaNet system in 1995 and continues to support a number of initiatives related to technology.
The College, therefore, is happy to announce a grant of $250,000 to the PhORSEE program out of the University of Victoria. The $250,000 grant is part of a larger Ministry of Health grant that the College agreed to administer on their behalf in order to support patient safety through evidence based research and pharmaceutical services.
This money will fund a study designed to test improvements that address the discovered gaps in medication communications. The researchers will work with a community of pharmacies and the overlapping division of family practice to adapt and apply best practices to medication communication activities.
The hope is that as a result of this work, health care professionals and their patients will be better served by improved medication communication and safety across the circle of care, supported by the most effective use of medication focused eHealth tools such as PharmaNet.