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Electronic Medical Records & Primary Health Care

​​​​What is an Electronic Medical Record (EMR)?

An electronic medical record (EMR) is a digital version of a paper chart that contains all of a patient’s medical history from one practice. An EMR is mostly used by providers for diagnosis and treatment​.

​​What are the benefits of an Electronic Medical Record?

An EMR is more beneficial than paper records because it allows providers to:

  • Track data over time

  • Identify patients who are due for preventive visits and screenings

  • Monitor how patients measure up to certain parameters, such as vaccinations and blood pressure readings

  • Improve overall quality of care in a practice

The information stored in EMRs is not easily shared with providers outside of a practice. A patient’s record might even have to be printed out and delivered by mail to specialists and other members of the care team.

​​​What personal health information is collected?

​​The same information routinely entered in  medical chart. such as,:

  • ​​​Registration information

  • Name, address, date of birth, health services number

  • Medical information, treatment notes, prescriptions, lab test results, etc.​​

​​Is my personal information safe and confidential?

​Your personal health information will only be shared with another Health Provider if they are approved to use your information to provide care. All staff sign confidentiality agreements & will take great care to protect your personal health information.

​Access to health information is tracked in EMR. A permanent record is created with time, date & who accessed the chart. 

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Last Modified: Thursday, March 27, 2014 |
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