Wednesday, April 18, 2007

globeandmail.com: Record-keeping to leap out of Stone Age in Canada

globeandmail.com: Record-keeping to leap out of Stone Age in Canada : "Advocates of centralized, electronic record-keeping also believe the new system will result in fewer medical errors.

'When you talk to clinicians about what they need in terms of making a more accurate diagnosis, they will tell you they need lab results, medication history and access to diagnostic images from radiation technologists,' he said. 'This is really about presenting an individual history to the right provider at the right time to improve the outcome. That's what this is all about.'

The project's aim is to have every physician's office in the province hooked up to the system, with ready access to individual medical records, although only with patient consent. 'The more this is used, and the more people on the system,' Mr. Canham said, 'then the more valuable it becomes.'"

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