MD Snapshot-Prescribing

A tool for self-reflection, with the dual purpose of increasing your prescribing awareness and supporting you in optimizing care for your patients.

What is MD Snapshot-Prescribing?

Now available online in the Analytics tab of the Physician Portal, MD Snapshot-Prescribing is an interactive tool, providing physicians with relevant and timely information about their prescribing practice. Customized for each recipient, MD Snapshot-Prescribing contains trend data, easy-to-access resources and more.

MD Snapshot-Prescribing is not a judgment of the care you provide to your patients—we know your data is just one of many factors (patient, clinical and system) that impact your prescribing practice. Our goal is to support physicians in enhancing patient care, by increasing prescribing awareness and encouraging self-directed quality assurance and improvement.




MD Snapshot-Prescribing is available to physicians in an interactive online environment through the Analytics tab in your secure Physician Portal. There are many features to explore, including long-term trending and customizable comparator groups.

Where do we get the data for MD Snapshot-Prescribing?

MD Snapshot-Prescribing contains patient-level prescribing data and details on how it relates to clinical practice guidelines.

Alberta Netcare’s Pharmaceutical Information Network (PIN) is the primary data source for MD Snapshot-Prescribing. However, the data we have access to via PIN is limited.

Continuing medical education credits

Reviewing MD Snapshot-Prescribing qualifies for continuing medical education credits:

  • Claim non-certified Mainpro+ credits under the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s assessment category. A Linking Learning exercise can also be completed for an additional 5 Mainpro+ certified credits. Visit to find out more.
  • Members of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada can claim MOC Section 3 credits. Learn more at

Did you know a Linking Learning exercise can earn you 5 Mainpro+ certified credits?

Linking Learning exercise example

Select 5 to 10 patients and for each of them, ask yourself the following:

  1. Is the therapy indicated and appropriate?
  2. Are there safer pharmaceutical and/or non-pharmaceutical options available?
  3. Can I further optimize prescribing for my patient?

Peer comparisons

To provide an additional perspective, peer comparison data is also included in MD Snapshot‐Prescribing.

Physicians are assigned to the comparison group containing their primary specialty, self-reported on their annual Renewal Information Form (RIF).

Physicians who belong to a Primary Care Network (PCN) can now select PCN as their specialty group, to see prescribing information relative to other physicians in their network.

MD Snapshot-Prescribing FAQs

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All FAQs

Why does CPSA provide MD Snapshot-Prescribing?

We believe in supporting physicians through collaboration and tools that enable practice improvement. MD Snapshot-Prescribing is one such tool. Your prescribing profile is not a judgement on your practice—it is a mechanism to enable meaningful self-reflection that increases your prescribing awareness and allows you to optimize care for your patients.

What do I do if there are people in my prescribing profile who are not my patients?

The dispensing information in PIN is entered manually at the community pharmacy level. While it’s rare, manual data input increases the risk of errors. If you notice an error on your MD Snapshot–Prescribing, please email

How should I review MD Snapshot-Prescribing?

There are several things you can do to get the most out of your prescribing profile:

  • Read the whole thing. In addition to your personalized prescribing data, there is also information on multi-doctoring and patients who are on multiple medications. Trend data is also included.
  • Review and reflect on your prescribing. Ask yourself what is working well in your practice and what you might need to modify.
  • Talk to your peers. Ask what has worked well for them and their patients. You may be able to help each other.
  • Take advantage of our resources. To help you improve your practice, we have helpful links, additional information, support material and clinical resources available on our website. Visit our resource bank.
  • Claim Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits.

How are MD Snapshot-Prescribing indicators determined?

They are informed by guidelines, evidence of risk and best practice recommendations. CPSA endorses the 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Non-Cancer Pain.

What peer group am I compared against?

You were placed in the comparator group containing the specialty you provided in your most recent Renewal Information Form (RIF).

If you are a member of a Primary Care Network (PCN), you now also receive information on your opioids and benzodiazepines prescribing practices comparative to the other physicians in your PCN. This offers reflection on your prescribing relative to colleagues with the most similar practice environment to yours (acknowledging there will still be some variations in practice, such as part‐time vs. full‐time practice, patient complexities, etc.).

Questions or comments? We can help.

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