Many businesses and organizations share information electronically because it's faster, more secure, and more accurate. Many health care providers in Nova Scotia use electronic medical records (EMR) to track patient information and we're working to help more healthcare providers get on board.
For generations, health care providers have had paper files for their patient information. They would request the file, make additions to it, and return the file for storage. However, patients typically have more than one health care provider and records in files were not necessarily being shared among them.
Through its Primary Health Care Information Management (PHIM) program, the Department of Health and Wellness and District Health Authorities/IWK support a province-wide electronic medical record system making robust electronic medical record tools available to a diverse group of providers including family doctors, specialists, Collaborative Emergency Centres, nurse practitioners in long-term care, Hearing and Speech clinics, Hepatitis C clinics, and more.
Electronic medical records provide benefits and improvements in care for Nova Scotians by improving accuracy of and access to your health information and test results, reducing duplication in testing, and making it easier to track and treat conditions such as diabetes. They also reduce doctors' paperwork. It is also easier to track user access to your files.
Many Nova Scotia doctors and other health care providers have automated their practices by using electronic medical records. The province is working to have even more health care providers use an EMR. The Primary Health Care Information Management program provides needed support to clinics with implementing electronic medical records so health care providers can get the most out of the EMR, contributing to the provincial goal to provide better health care, sooner.
Implementing a province-wide EMR system will help to transform the way health care providers access information and deliver primary health care for Nova Scotians, meaning quicker access to your healthcare records, better disease trending and illness tracking, and better health care.