Primary Health Information Management and Electronic Medical Records

Primary Health Care

Primary Health Care Information Management

The Primary Healthcare Information Management (PHIM) Program supports Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems used by clinics to manage patients' medical information. With electronic medical records, primary health care teams have accurate and reliable records of their patients' health information which enhances quality and continuity of care.

Clinics using the provincial EMR system also receive information from provincial hospitals electronically. This includes labs, X-ray reports and hospital reports. Having all the information in one place supports coordination among care providers, especially for patients with chronic and complex health care needs. Electronic medical records also help ensure patients’ personal health information is protected since only authorized users have access to patients' electronic medical charts.

Electronic Medical Records are a part of a larger E-Health initiative.  For more information on E-health and the components of this strategy visit Nova Scotia Electronic Health Initiative web pages.