When was the last time you’ve faxed your booking information to an airline, and got a ticket in the mail? Had your lifetime financial records printed off at the bank and picked them up? Went to the grocery store and had the cashier at the checkout write out your grocery receipt by hand?
But when was the last time you got a prescription from your doctor on a little white pad scrawled in blue pen and had to physically hand it over to the pharmacist? Health care can no longer be an exception to the rule that is present in so many facets of our lives. Computers, when used properly and securely, are tools that can help us.
Electronic Medical Records are computerized tools intended to help care providers share relevant patient information safely and securely. They help ensure patient information is up-to-date and that all patient information – lab results, referrals, medical histories, and more – are stored in one place. They help doctors apply their skills more effectively, lower the paperwork that medical office assistants wade through, and help with access to care for patients as productivity improves.
New Brunswick has one of the lowest rates of adoption for EMRs in the country. Most other provinces have had a program for years, designed to increase the number of doctors using an EMR. The road has been not without challenges, but it is now clear the Canadian health system will save hundreds of millions of dollars annually thanks to better record-keeping and fewer administrative headaches.
If you are a member of the New Brunswick Medical Society, click here to read more about the provincial EMR program.
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