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CHANGE: PharmaNet Viewer Access

Posted on: May 3, 2021

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The following has been sent on behalf of:

Dr. Mary-Lyn Fyfe, Chief Medical Information Officer &

Executive Medical Director, Medication Systems and Medical Informatics

April 30, 2021

Many physicians had questions regarding the changes to be made in accessing PharmaNet information. To be able to answer these questions and clarify the communication, we have delayed the change to May 19, 2021.

PharmaNet information will remain available through Cerner’s PowerChart and FirstNet. How it is accessed in the Cerner Electronic Health Record (EHR) changes. In many Emergency Departments, a third party solution (the Medinet application) is used by nursing unit assistants to access and print PharmaNet information. This is not being removed and they will continue to use their current processes at sites until eBPMH in the Cerner EHR has been rolled out.   

On May 19, 2021, accessing PharmaNet will occur in the Cerner EHR through the “External Rx History” field (see attached). The consistency of this view offers the following:

  • A collapsible medication list with headings based on medication name. When headings are collapsed, it is easier to see a full list of medications dispensed within a given timeframe.
  • The ability to expand a specific medication heading allows for easy view of serial dispenses. This makes it easier to see medication dose titrations over time.
  • The ability to use the “Import” function allows for more streamlined eBPMH documentation using PharmaNet information. This is the first step in the eBPMH and Medication Reconciliation process.  
  • A workflow that has been adopted consistently among colleagues at peer Health Authorities also using the Cerner EHR (Vancouver Coastal, Providence, BC Cancer, and Northern).

Click here for the PharmaNet Viewer Changes Document

Please contact me at MaryLyn.Fyfe@viha.ca if you have further questions. 


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