Welcome to Soldiers' / Electronic Medical Record
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We live in a digital age where everyone has some form of smartphone, tablet, or computer. These new forms of communication have transformed how we communicate with each other, but they have also transformed how we do business and provide care. Here at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) we are proud to be implementing an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) that will allow us to improve the clinical care that we provide.
During this time of transition we are aware that our patients may experience some delays. We have prepared for this by having more staff around the hospital to help minimize the delays as much as possible. Please bear with us as we go through this process that will add great benefit to your healthcare experience.
EMRs are transforming healthcare and OSMH is proud to be part of this movement.
What is an Electronic Medical Record?
Electronic medical records (EMR) software is computer software that we will use to collect, manage and store your health information; the digital equivalent of the old paper files and charts. Now, details about the care you receive from a family doctor, specialist, nurse, dietician or other health provider is captured electronically using EMR software. This makes accurate, clear and concise information about your health care status available to all members of your health care team*.
Why is OSMH transitioning to Electronic Medical Records?
Implementing an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) is a necessary step forward in order to leverage technology to help improve care for our patients. The EMR will enable OSMH to put patients at the centre of the system, giving our health service partners the ability to access information to respond to patient needs, leading to better integration and coordination of care across the system.
What are the benefits of Electronic Medical Records?
Electronic Medical Records (EMR) changed how clinical functions are documented and recorded. They also improve care and safety by standardizing documentation and best practices. They also:
Is my information secure?
- Ensure more accurate and efficient data collection
- Decrease the time spent on charting and eliminate duplication of charting, giving our providers more time at the bedside
- Create an access point to patient information for all providers
- Provide real-time information about our patients, including lab results, medications and orders, in one place on one screen
- Allow multiple providers to access a patient’s record at the same time in different locations
- Make it easier to share patient information available with other providers at other facilities
Yes. Our EMR has a number of access controls, encryption safeguards and audit steps in place. Rest assured that your personal health information is of the utmost importance and we have put a highly secure system in place to ensure your privacy.
What changes will I see?
Instead of your healthcare provider writing your health information into a paper chart, they will now be documenting it in a computer system. The system can be accessed through a stationary computer, a rolling computer workstation, a tablet or a smartphone. You may see your provider using these devices as they are caring for you.
*Source: eHealth Ontario, http://www.ehealthontario.on.ca/en/ehrs