PharmaNet FAQ

Who can access PharmaNet?

Physicians, Practitioners, Pharmacists, Midwives, Registered Nurses & Registered Psychiatric Nurses, as well as, any individual who is supervised by them in a clinical setting, such as a Medical Office Assistants and clerks.  Employees of a Health Authority are covered under Hospital Access to Pharmanet.

How do I sign up for Medinet Access to PharmaNet?

STEP ONE:
Are you NEW to MediNet or do you need access at a NEW location?  Complete our online signup form! Click the orange signup button on this page.

When can I start using it?

According to the Ministry of Health, access is granted to qualified applicants within four weeks. Sometimes it takes a bit longer.

What equipment do I need?

If you have access to the Internet, you are ready to go! Our program is web-based and accessible through your Internet browser. No special equipment or installation is required, although high-speed Internet access is recommended.

How much does it cost?

Physicians can gain access to PharmaNet for a small monthly fee. Hospital staff are covered by a master agreement with the Health Authority. Please contact us to make arrangements.

Does the Ministry of Health require BC health authorities to collect patient consent for the purpose of accessing PharmaNet? 

The Ministry of Health’s view on patient consent in health authorities is…
“If the HA wants patient consent, they can collect it under their own policies in whatever way they prefer (written or verbal). We assume that anyone accessing PharmaNet for patient care has adequately informed the patient about information uses.”

“…notices are required under FOIPPA as well as very old PharmaNet requirements (at least for EDAP). We aren’t requiring or enforcing notices specifically for PharmaNet.”

—PharmaNet BC, Dec 19, 2020

Next steps

You can reach Medinet in Vancouver at 604 737-1477, toll free at 1 800 737-3771, or send us an email.

As a member of Safer Healthcare Now! we are committed to complete and accurate recording of patient medications at all transition stages in acute and long-term care.