Drug Information System

The Nova Scotia Drug Information System is a province-wide system that will, over time, contain a comprehensive medication profile for everyone who gets a prescription filled in a community pharmacy in Nova Scotia. Your medication profile includes information about the prescriptions you have had filled as well as important medication-related information such as allergies, adverse reactions and medical conditions. As of October 2016, all pharmacies in Nova Scotia are connected to the Drug Information System.

The Drug Information System allows authorized health care providers to access your medication profile and to contribute medication-related information to it. An authorized health care provider is someone who provides health care services in hospital or in your community, such as a physician, dentist, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, pharmacist, optometrist, or midwife. Having access to your medication profile when and where it is needed will help your health care providers make better decisions about your care.

The Drug Information System is a part of Nova Scotia’s electronic health record (EHR) system called SHARE (Secure Health Access Record). It is a secure and private system - only authorized health care providers can access your medication profile and their access is subject to the provisions set out in the province’s Personal Health Information Act (PHIA). The Nova Scotia Health Authority Information Management & Technology team provides on-going technical support to pharmacies using this system.

The Drug Information System will increase the quality and safety of patient care for all Nova Scotians and those who receive care here. For additional information about Nova Scotia's Drug Information System, please contact dis@novascotia.ca or visit http://novascotia.ca/dhw/ehealth/dis/.