Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
Physicians will have access to their patient's complete medical information including medical history, medication profile, lab test results and immunization history, from their EMR.
Over time, EMRs will support workflow between general practitioners and specialists by providing methods for the electronic transmission of referral and surgical registry information.
Over time, EMR applications in physician offices will link to B.C.’s Electronic Health Records (EHR) system and other eHealth services like ePrescribing.
Government and Physicians
On May 5, 2006 the British Columbia Medical Association and the provincial government completed the negotiation of a new agreement on behalf of the physicians of British Columbia. As part of this negotiation, the parties agreed to work collaboratively to coordinate, facilitate and support information technology planning and implementation for physicians.
The scope of the information technology includes: professionally hosted EMR applications; implementation support; secure, high-speed networks; secure e-mail, and office hardware such as computers and printers.
For more information visit the Physicians Information Technology Office website at www.pito.bc.ca
Paula and her local physician have a telehealth consultation with a Vancouver specialist. The specialist views her lab tests on line and prescribes for her pharmacist in Terrace online. Paula’s physician in Terrace reviews her recent diagnostic scans on her EMR from the electronic health record, shows her the lab and drug results and discusses next steps using complete information that only Paula and her physician can see.
eHealth will provide
- secure and authorized access to health records from anywhere in the province.
- physicians better access to patient records.
- consolidated lab results - your tests online for your caregiver when you need them.
- enhanced PharmaNet to improve patient safety.
- X-rays, CT scans and MRIs online for your caregiver.
- health services over distance - teleHealth in rural and remote areas and for First Nations.
- improved public health service delivery to the public.