On Tuesday, September 16, health record keeping in the Keewatin Yatthé Health Region leaps forward as a new computer-based electronic patient registration system goes live in Ile a la Crosse and La Loche.
Hard to manage, hard to store paper files will be replaced with digital files. Basic demographic data – name, address, health number and other personal information – will be entered and stored on computer, opening a world of possibilities for improving care based on secure and accessible electronic information.
Patients presenting at registration will be asked by health records staff to confirm this information to load this new system with correct and up-to-date information. As a result, registration may take longer than usual for the first while as data is collected and checked.
A little slower out of the gate, but much faster in the long run. This new system is the foundation for improving turn-around time for x-ray and lab results, and, eventually, for establishing electronic health records.
Canada Health Infoway defines an electronic health record as a private, lifetime record of an individual’s key health history and care, providing authorized healthcare professionals with real-time access to patients’ test results, past treatments and medication profiles - information they need to provide effective, safe treatment while protecting privacy and confidentiality.