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Electronic Medical Records a game-changer in Canadian health care

By Michael Green      

Today, 73 per cent of general practitioners in Canada use an EMR, according to the Commonwealth Fund’s 2015 International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Doctors. Furthermore, Infoway investments mean 25,000 health care professionals working in outpatient clinics now have access to EMRs as well.

Ten years ago, only 23 per cent of Canadian general practitioners (GPs) used an office-based system called an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) to record patient information such as weight, blood pressure, allergies, and symptoms. The Hill Times Photograph courtesy of Pexels.

Chances are, when you visited your doctor’s office a decade ago, the walls were lined with cabinets filled to the brim with pages and pages of patient files. Back then, only 23 per cent of Canadian general practitioners (GPs) used an office-based system called an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) to record patient information such as weight, blood pressure, allergies, and symptoms. Through Canada Health Infoway, the federal government, along with the provinces and territories have helped turn those

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