HALIFAX, May 2, 2012 /CNW/ - More clinicians in Nova Scotia will receive
support from their peers as they transition to electronic medical
record (EMR) systems thanks to an expansion of the interdisciplinary
Nova Scotia EMR Peer Support Network, announced today by the Nova
Scotia Department of Health and Wellness and Canada Health Infoway (Infoway).
"Accelerating the adoption of Electronic Medical Record systems is
essential to enabling timely and secure access to the health
information clinicians need to make care decisions," said Richard
Alvarez, President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway. "Support from
experienced colleagues can help clinicians make this happen."
As part of Infoway's clinical engagement strategy, which connects physicians, pharmacists
and nurses, the pan-Canadian Clinical Peer Leader Support Network
Program enables experienced peer leaders to work closely with their
colleagues to help them achieve clinical value through practice and
process changes during the adoption process.
This initiative will extend the support provided in the existing peer
network to approximately 1,500 additional health care providers
throughout Nova Scotia. It will also complement learning and
development efforts. In addition, learning modules to address barriers
to adoption will be developed.
"We know that electronic medical records provide healthcare
professionals with timely access to patient records so that Nova
Scotians receive better care sooner," said Maureen MacDonald, Minister
of Health and Wellness. "The Peer Network provides healthcare
professionals using the Nightingale EMR the opportunity for peer-based
support and learning through experienced EMR users."
Infoway's continued investment in clinician peer networks is part of the $500
million in funding provided by the Government of Canada in its 2010
Budget. The Nova Scotia Clinician Peer Support Network builds on a
previous project funded by Infoway and is one of several Clinician Peer Support networks across Canada.
About the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness
Created in January 2011, the Department of Health and Wellness brings
together the former departments of Health and Health Promotion and
Protection. This merger will streamline operations and ensure better
integration between the prevention and treatment sides of health care,
providing better health care to Nova Scotians.
About Canada Health Infoway
Canada Health Infoway is an independent, not-for-profit organization
funded by the federal government. Infoway jointly invests with every province and territory to accelerate the
development and adoption of information and communications technology
projects in Canada. Fully respecting patient confidentiality, these
secure systems will provide clinicians and patients with the
information they need to better support safe care decisions and manage
their own health. Accessing this vital information quickly will help
foster a more modern and sustainable health care system for all
SOURCE Canada Health Infoway
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