In a report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), produced in collaboration with the U.S. Commonwealth Fund, we noticed some interesting findings. Chief among them was the claim that Canadian doctors are doing more to be virtually accessible to their patients, with tangible results stretching back to 2019 and before the pandemic. Today, let’s take a quick look at just how Canadian family practitioners are repurposing the tools they have available in order to better serve patients.
Nearly 90 Percent of Doctors Use E-Medical Records
A decade ago, less than half of Canadian doctors relied on electronic medical record-keeping processes. The technology wasn’t far enough along, there were valid concerns over data security and accessibility, and implementing e-records was a much more cumbersome task back in the day. Fast forward to the present day and, according to the study, 86 percent of family practitioners are relying on digitized records. This has helped them work with patients and continue to assist them despite pandemic-related restrictions.
Healthcare Apps, Patient Access, and More
We live in a time where an electrocardiogram can be performed on an Apple watch, and the results provided on such consumer-grade devices are valid in many countries including Canada. Combined with most of us having a smartphone in hand several times a day, doctors have the opportunity to field important medical updates, vaccination schedules and even blood sugar test results via secure, reliable mobile applications approved by healthcare regulatory bodies. Granting such access to patients – and only them – is essential if we wish to further optimize and streamline our record-keeping and medical services rendered.
Plenty of Room for Improvement
While we’re collectively on the right track here in Canada, we’re not out of the woods yet. For instance, in 2019, only around 77 percent of primary care physicians can get ahold of electronic health records, and a mere 34 percent of them allow patients to view test results. Many EMR systems aren’t connected to one another to form a cohesive network for medical staff to share critical data, whether it consists of patient progress updates or otherwise. This can interfere with operational efficiency if, say, a patient needs to be transferred elsewhere for specialized care. There’s plenty more we can do together, especially nowadays during these strange times, so let’s continue to make future-friendly optimizations and embrace what technology can do for all of us.
We at Qualicare Waterloo are witnessing this commitment firsthand among our hardworking caregiving and support staff. Everyone has been pitching in to ensure our patients and their loved ones are well looked after, and this news has us feeling optimistic about the future of Canadian healthcare! For more details regarding our services, reach out to us today. We’d love to hear from you!
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