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Digital Distractions of Doctors

With each new abundance comes a scarcity as a counterbalance. This appears to be the message of a very well written commentary by Dennis W. Jirsch MD PHD, editor of the Alberta Medical Digest. Dr. Jirsch points to the undeniable benefits … Continue reading

MEDICAL-RECORD ACCESS EMPOWERS PATIENTS

An emerging electronic revolution, known as eHealth, is poised to empower patients to take a more proactive role in managing their health. As an example, Continuum Medical Care, a private clinic in West Vancouver, offers a service called Health eGateway, … Continue reading

THE PAYOFFS OF GOING PAPERLESS: ONE HOSPITAL’S SUCCESS STORY

Increasingly, it’s becoming a digital world, with hospitals switching over to electronic medical records (EMR). Going paperless brings a number of benefits (for example, it frees up office space previously used to store records). Reaping a host of other, significant … Continue reading

Should Physicians Outsource Scanning?

Management guru Tom Peters, best known for his book “In Search of Excellence,” (co-authored with Robert H. Waterman Jr.) once wrote “Do what you do best and outsource the rest!” We like Peters’ philosophy! Of course, outsourcing any product or … Continue reading

Medical Record Security: What Doctors Need to Know

It may not always be top-of-mind for physicians, but guaranteeing the security of their patients’ medical records is crucial. The stakes are huge: physicians must safeguard patient privacy and ensure that their healthcare is never compromised by records that are … Continue reading

IMPROVED PATIENT EMR PRIVACY COMING TO ONTARIO?

            What a potential leap forward for patient privacy! In a progressive move, the Ontario government has introduced legislation to safeguard the security and privacy of electronic medical records (EMR). In a nutshell, the legislation … Continue reading

B.C. Medical Results Theft Highlights Importance of Secured Paperless Records

What a nightmare. As recently reported in The Province, personal information of approximately 16,000 patients of a medical-services lab in Kamloops, B.C., just…disappeared. In January, LifeLabs sent the computer to its main office in Burnaby for servicing. But when the … Continue reading

The “Tipping Point” in Paperless Medical Records

Like much of the world, the medical community is going electronic, harnessing the computer’s digital power to create a lightning-quick, convenient workflow. Want proof? Look south of the border, where, traditionally, trends begin and, eventually, migrate north, to Canada. Recently, … Continue reading

Is Your Medical Practice “Green”?

              Like most doctors, you’re looking for ways to run your practice more efficiently and in a more environmentally friendly way. With that in mind, here’s a savvy way to kill two birds with … Continue reading

Medical Record Retention Rules Change for BC Doctors

        It’s no secret that, beginning June 1,2013, physicians in British Columbia will have to start keeping all patient medical records for a period of 16 years from the date of last visit orfrom the age of … Continue reading