BCCNM is supporting the Ministry of Health as it rolls out
PRIME, the system by which all health care practitioners will enrol with the Ministry of Health for access to PharmaNet.
This change is driven by revisions to the
Information Management Regulation, that were passed in mid-December 2021. These changes mean that BCCNM registrants previously accessing PharmaNet on behalf of another practitioner (e.g., a physician) may now access independently.
You can read more on the PRIME website:
Over 30 midwives attended an information session with the Ministry of Health (MoH) on Aug. 3, 2022, to learn about PRIME and PharmaNet.
The MoH team cleared up some confusion during the online session. They first explained that enrolling in PRIME is a legal requirement for healthcare professionals who access PharmaNet to care for patients.
Registered midwives may be unaware they are accessing PharmaNet at a health authority facility, as PharmaNet is often accessed through another application such as Cerner. If you work at a health authority and require PharmaNet access to deliver patient care (e.g., to complete medication reconciliation when your patient is admitted), you must enrol in PRIME. This is a requirement for all health care practitioners who require access to deliver patient care, including physicians, midwives and nurse practitioners.
Health care settings where practitioners want to access PharmaNet must
register their access sites with the Ministry of Health.
Below is a summary of the questions and answers from the information session, as well as information on how to enrol.
Questions about PRIME should be directed to PRIME support: call 1-844-397-7463 or email
PRIMESupport@gov.bc.ca. We thank all midwives for their attention as the Ministry rolls out this important initiative.
At its simplest, PRIME is an online application. You first confirm your identity with the BC Services Card app, then provide information about your work—your role, where you access PharmaNet, and your history managing confidential information. The MoH reviews the information and approves or does not approve you to access PharmaNet. When you are approved, you are assigned a unique ID (“GPID”). This is used to set up your access and then is linked to every transaction you make in PharmaNet.
PharmaNet is a computer network that contains records of every prescription dispensed in a B.C. community pharmacy. About 500,000 PharmaNet transactions occur each day, performed by an average of 7000 users. PharmaNet is used by health professionals working in community pharmacies and health practices, and health authority facilities such as hospitals and outpatient clinics.
You must enrol in PRIME
if you need to access PharmaNet to deliver patient care, including prescribing.
As stated above, if you work at a health authority and require PharmaNet access to deliver patient care (e.g., to complete medication reconciliation when your patient is admitted), you must enrol in PRIME.
As per the midwife
prescribing standards, midwives who prescribe must “obtain the best possible medication history for the client using PharmaNet.” Checking PharmaNet is considered a best pratice for prescribers, and is
mandatory for those prescribing controlled drugs and substances. If you do not prescribe, this is not a requirement for you.
Every private community practice requiring PharmaNet access must contract with a third-party vendor for use of an application to access PharmaNet. As stated above, midwifery practices who prescribe are expected to secure access to PharmaNet, as indicated in the
To use PharmaNet in the health authority facilities, you must enrol in PRIME and let the health authority(ies) know about your enrolment so they can set up a local PharmaNet account for you in their PharmaNet software application(s). Please connect with your employer/institutional department head to determine who sets up PharmaNet access at your work location.
If you need access to PharmaNet for patients you are not caring for in an health authority facility, you must set up access for your own practice. Please refer to the “How To” sections on site registration and user enrolment below.
Remote access to PharmaNet is available to some practitioners in private community health practices. The practice must contract a PharmaNet software vendor and have registered their access sites with the Ministry. We are looking into providing remote access to midwives if the interest is there.
Please note that any remote access must still be connected to a registered PharamNet site in B.C. where you deliver patient care. PharmaNet does not support entirely virtual services.
A site is a combination of a physical location and a PharmaNet software vendor. If a practice has one location with two PharmaNet software vendors, they will have two sites. If they have two locations and one vendor, they have two sites.
PharmaNet ID/Prescriber ID: This is a five-character (either all numeric or alpha-numeric) ID assigned by BCCNM that allows a midwife to be identified as an independent user of PharmaNet. For midwives, your PharmaNet ID is the last four digits of your licence number, with one zero added at the beginning. So, if your licence number is 001234, your PharmaNet ID will be 01234.
If you already had a five-digit ID for prescribing that is all numbers, and no letters (formerly known as College ID), you will continue to use this number. It is now called your PharmaNet ID.
Registration ID: This is your unique identifying number associated with your BCCNM registration. You use this when you renew your registration, etc. and will also need it to enrol in PRIME. This is a number and is six digits. When you are enroling in PRIME, you enter it in the field called "License Number from College".
To find your licence number,
log in to your online services account:
You will need your PharmaNet ID and your BCCNM licence number (registration ID).
PRIME Support 1-844-397-7463PRIMESupport@gov.bc.ca