Canadian Pharmacists Association

Canadian Pharmacists Association

March 19, 2007 20:15 ET

2007 Budget: Pharmacists Support Funding of Health Technology

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 19, 2007) - The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) commends the federal government's provision of $400 million to Canada Health Infoway to fund quicker implementation of information technology that supports the delivery of health services.

According to CPhA's President, Brian Stowe, "The Canada Health Infoway funding will accelerate development by the provinces of electronic health records (EHR), which support better clinical decision making, more effective treatment and improved patient safety. In its 2007 annual 'health report card', the Health Council of Canada recommended accelerated implementation of EHR in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health care delivery. We are pleased the government listened and has recognized the important role technology plays in our health care system."

Dr. Jeff Poston, CPhA's Executive Director, commented, "Studies have shown that up to a quarter of hospital admissions are caused by preventable drug errors. A national network of EHR systems linking doctors' offices, hospitals and pharmacies will go a long way to reducing inappropriate drug use and ultimately improve the health outcomes of millions of Canadians."

Continued Stowe, "The $22 million provided to the Canadian Institute of Health Information, along with additional funding for universities and research, certainly add to the infrastructure that supports health care in Canada."

CPhA also welcome two other initiatives announced in today's budget - support for a national HPV vaccine program, and additional funding for wait times. These are both areas in which Canadian pharmacists can make a contribution.

The Canadian Pharmacists Association is the national organization of pharmacists, committed to providing leadership for the profession and improving the health of Canadians.

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