Drug Profile Viewer

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The Drug Profile Viewer (DPV) System is a secure, Internet-based application that provides authorized health care providers in 245 hospital sites with the prescription drug claims information of 2.5 million Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) and Trillium Drug Program (TDP) recipients.

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) has made this information available to authorized health care providers for the purpose of providing care. Since 2005, Ontario hospitals have been successfully using the DPV System. The recognized value of this information in hospitals has led to requests for access to the DPV System by providers outside of hospital settings.

On August 31, 2011, the London InterCommunity Health Centre will become one of the first community health centres in the province of Ontario to introduce the use of the DPV to its clinical providers.

As part of the government’s provincial strategy to improve patient care, safety and access, eHealth Ontario is exploring ways to effectively bring prescription drug claims histories to health care providers outside of the hospital sector. The DPV System is a key step toward the future, province-wide Medication Management System which, along with Diabetes Management, comprises one of eHealth Ontario’s clinical priorities over the next three years.

The ODB Program provides coverage to eligible recipients for more than 3,300 drug products. The DPV System is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and includes the following key components:

  • Web-enabled application that:
  1. May be deployed to health care organizations that are connected to the eHealth Ontario secure network
  2. Provides health care providers with the ability to view and print an individual’s ODB drug claims information,
    unless that individual has withdrawn consent
  • Registration Management System to support the identification, enrolment, authentication and access privileges of DPV System users Consent Management System to manage the consent directives of ODB recipients
  • Detailed Audit Trail to identify users who request and/or view drug profiles
  • Production of Operational Reports including statistics on DPV System use
  • The DPV System is maintained and operated by eHealth Ontario under the direction of the MOHLTC.


It is estimated that preventable adverse drug events are the fourth leading cause of death in Ontario. These events occur for several reasons. The patient may arrive in the emergency department unconscious or with language difficulties. A health care provider may not be aware of all the medications a patient may be taking and may prescribe a drug that is contra-indicated, especially if the patient is taking multiple medications. The DPV System is helping to prevent a significant number of adverse drug events by providing drug claims histories of many patients who come to a hospital. The ability to electronically share medication information between authorized health care providers is one of the most important aspects of a complete electronic health record and can improve patient safety.

Patient benefits:

  • Increased safety by preventing adverse drug reactions.
  • Faster assessments and treatments.
  • Reduces the need to repeat medication information.
  • Access to drug history is immediate – in real time – and is simple and quick to use.
  • Provides a strong foundation when reconciling a patient’s medication history.
  • Contributes to faster recognition and prevention of adverse drug reactions.
  • Potentially expedites medical assessments, allowing for a faster diagnosis.