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Ministry launches PRIME for PharmaNet access

Jun 11, 2020

The Ministry of Health has launched PRIME, the new way for health practitioners to request approval for PharmaNet access. PRIME is currently used by nurse practitioners (NPs), physicians, and pharmacists in a community practice setting, as well as by those who access PharmaNet on their behalf, such as LPNs, RNs and RPNs (and MOAs).

PRIME consists of two new processes: user enrolment and site registration. It replaces the paper-based ComPAP and MPAP enrolment forms and agreements.

Enroling in PRIME

NPs will need to enrol online in PRIME when they join a new practice or to update information provided previously through ComPAP or MPAP.

LPNs, RNs and RPNs who join a new community health practice where they will access PharmaNet on behalf of a physician, pharmacist or nurse practitioner must enrol in PRIME. (Previously, such on-behalf-of users completed undertakings on site only.) If LPNs, RNs and RPNs need to access PharmaNet on behalf of a practitioner they have not worked with before, they will also need to enrol in PRIME.

Community practices needing a new PharmaNet access site, or updating information for an existing site, will go through a new site registration process.

New remote access policy

The Ministry has simultaneously released a new remote access policy allowing community nurse practitioners, physicians and pharmacists access to PharmaNet at a location outside an approved PharmaNet site (e.g., from home), which was previously prohibited. The PRIME terms of access allow for remote access under specified conditions. The remote access policy applies only to care provided in a private community practice setting, not hospitals or other health authority facilities.

Before a practitioner can access PharmaNet remotely, the community practice will complete the new site registration process, and each practitioner requiring remote access will complete the user enrolment process in PRIME.

RNs, RPNs and LPNs will not be able to access PharmaNet on behalf of a practitioner while they are providing patient care remotely, or access remotely themselves.

NPs who already use PharmaNet in a community practice site and do not need remote access do not need to enrol in PRIME at this time. The Ministry of Health will advise of the onboarding schedule when confirmed.