First Looks: Pharmacy Information Network integration

The Alberta Pharmacy Information Network (PIN) offers a fairly complete record of medications that may have been dispensed for a patient from an outpatient pharmacy. The dispensing information is not the same as prescribing (intended) or complying (actually taking) medication lists. It is most accurate for persons over age 65 who are Alberta residents. Still, PIN can be a valuable source of information when doing medication reconciliation.

Connect Care has an interface to the PIN dataset. It is possible to see and review medications that have been dispensed. It is particularly useful to be able to select from those to initiate a patient's medication history during admission or new outpatient review.

A short demonstration shows how PIN information can appear and be reconciled.