A drug information system (DIS) enables authorized users to access, manage, share and safeguard patients' medication histories. A DIS can reduce prescription errors resulting in fewer adverse drug events (such as drug-to-drug interactions) and reduced hospitalizations. A DIS can also reduce prescription drug abuse and improve patients' compliance with their medications. Pharmacists are more productive because a DIS reduces the need to call doctors with questions about hand-written prescriptions.
Infoway's goal is to have all Canadians' drug dispensing profiles stored in jurisdictional drug information repositories and available to authorized clinicians. As of September 30, 2014, this had been achieved for 62 per cent of Canadians. By 2014, there were 35,000 estimated users of DIS, triple the estimated 10,000 users in 2006.