Michelle Greiver MD, CCFP, FCFP
David M. Kaplan MD, MSc, CCFP
Kimberly Wintemute MD, CCFP
Department of Family & Community Medicine, North York Family Health Team, North York General Hospital, University of Toronto
IT Consultant, London, Ontario
Today we presented at the Canadian eHealth 2011 Conference. We argued that the collaboration of a large Family Health Team with a strong interest in EMR, a national Primary Care EMR chronic disease surveillance project and a provincial Quality collaborative has leveraged the experiences and strengths of all partners.
We concluded that a culture that supports practice, research and quality improvement is present in primary care teams. The availability of resources for data management and data analysis at the local level is needed for EMR-based clinical care, quality improvement, research and epidemiology. There is the need for the Vendor community to allow appropriate access to the underlying databases and data dictionaries for clinical practice, research and quality improvement.
Furthermore, there is a need for implementation of EMR data standards. Primary care groups should consider methods for implementing data standardization as a way if furthering EMR usage as appropriate to their circumstances.
Most importantly, there is a critical need for system integration. This is important for research but more important for good clinical care.
The complete presentation is available here.