Infoway Request for Proposal Yields Promising Submissions for PrescribeIT

(Toronto) – Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) closed the Request for Proposal (RFP) for PrescribeIT™, Canada’s new e-prescribing service, on December 12, 2016, concluding the eight-week response period.

Infoway issued the RFP to select a partner to help design, build and operate the technology infrastructure for PrescribeIT, a multi-jurisdiction e-prescribing solution that will enable prescribers to electronically transmit a prescription to a patient’s pharmacy of choice. PrescribeIT is an important component of Health Canada’s Action on Opioid Misuse.

“We are pleased with the response to the PrescribeIT™ RFP process,” said Michael Green, President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway. “We are confident that our public-private approach incorporates the best of both worlds to create a system that protects patient health information and is accountable to Canadians and our federal and jurisdictional partners.”

The RFP was made available through MERX and was open to a wide range of potential vendors. There was strong interest from the industry and submissions are currently being reviewed. The preferred partner selection is expected to be completed by January 30, 2017.

The Government of Canada has committed significant policy and funding support to Infoway to establish PrescribeIT™ as an interoperable national e-prescribing service for Canadians. The PrescribeIT™ team is actively planning and working with the early adopter provinces (Alberta and Ontario), provincial regulators, privacy commissioners and experts, and retail pharmacy stakeholders to ensure the successful launch of the service. As a neutral third party, free of commercial interests, Infoway is best positioned to convene this complex group of stakeholders and to ensure their meaningful ongoing involvement as this important service for Canadians is established and scaled.

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About PrescribeIT™

Canada Health Infoway is working with Health Canada, the provinces and territories, industry stakeholders and private sector IT companies to create, operate and maintain the multi-jurisdiction e-prescribing service, known as PrescribeIT™.

The service will provide improved patient safety and continuity of care by enabling more effective medication management, ensure greater accuracy and fewer errors in filling prescriptions, optimize existing jurisdictional investments in their drug information systems and help reduce fraud and abuse.

About Canada Health Infoway

Infoway helps to improve the health of Canadians by working with partners to accelerate the development, adoption and effective use of digital health across Canada. Through our investments, we help deliver better quality and access to care and more efficient delivery of health services for patients and clinicians. Infoway is an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the federal government.


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