EHR recommended by Doig to physicians

Dr. Anne Doig, President CMA, told that health-care change requires that doctors make their practices more efficient. Dr. Anne Doig, made her inaugural address to delegates at the organization’s annual conference in Saskatoon as the new president of the Canadian Medical Association on Wednesday evening. At this week’s meeting many doctors said that properly managed electronic health records and electronic medical records are one of the keys to fixing Canada’s beleaguered health-care system, making Information Technology as a hot topic. CMA delegates voted in favour of several motions pledging to push for speedier, more effective use of electronic records in a way that protects patients’ privacy. One of those motions was to ask the federal government to immediately transfer $500 million to Canada Health Infoway, an investment the government promised in February as part of its economic action plan. The non-profit organization helps doctors pay for computer equipment, software and IT gear so medical offices can get electronic health records up and running. Doig told that to create tangible change in health care in Canada, doctors need to start by fixing what they can control, including finding ways to make their own practices more efficient. Utilizing technology is an important step, she added.

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