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Our Impact: Health Informatics

Using EMR data to improve quality of care - 2016/17

In the spring the Division initiated a project focused on electronic medical record (EMR) systems integration in Boundary Region. The goal is to integrate the current five separate EMR systems to create a “single electronic medical record” for each patient that is accessible by all Boundary clinics and in the Boundary Hospital emergency department. This shared EMR solution will ensure the continuity of care for all Boundary residents. The direction is towards an Interior Health (IH) hosted shared EMR solution for the Boundary.

In the Summer we collaborated with IH to facilitate four workshops to help guide improvements in the EMRs and other electronic systems. Workshops were held in GF, Rossland, and Nelson bringing together various physicians, nurses, allied health, clinic staff and administrators to provide input and direction.

In the fall we Initiated two projects which will be progressed through 2017: (i) an EMR forms optimization project to increase the level of clinical efficiency through improved use of electronic forms within provider EMRs across the region, and (ii) Driving Clinical Value via Health Data Collaborative technologies with initial roll-out at Nelson Medical Clinic

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