SEMI is Fully Digital, With Electronic Medical Records!
SEMI was among the first, if not the first, sport medicine clinic of its kind in Canada to adopt an Electronic Medical Records (EMR) platform for administering patient care. Traditionally, paper records have been the mainstay for the recording and storage of patient data. EMR systems enable clinics to use computers to perform these tasks.
These systems are the future of healthcare, and Canada's federal and provincial governments are currently trying to move toward a system wide adoption of electronic medical records, ultimately enabling all health care facilities and practitioners to access relevant patient health related data.
This means that every Canadian citizen will have an electronic medical record. Ideally, this electronic medical record will be accessible countrywide by facilitiesand practitioners that have the appropriate security clearance to do so. For example, if your family doctor is in Toronto, and for some reason you end up in a hospital in British Columbia, while on vacation there, the hospital team would be able to call up your EMR, which would contain your entire medical history and facilitate your treatment. So, regardless of where you receive healthcare in Canada, it all will be recorded on your EMR record.
How Many Facilities Currently Use EMR Technology?
Very few. But, the number is growing. Ultimately, all healthcare facilities in Canada will have to be electronic. SEMI is leading the charge in this regard!
Why Did SEMI Switch to Electronic Medical Records?
We wanted a more efficient and secure way of recording and storing patient information. SEMI's EMR system is an Application Service Provider (ASP) model, meaning that it is executed over the Internet. An ASP setup means that we do not have any software, or patient records, on our in house computers. Rather, all software and patient records are accessed over the Internet. All of our practitioners can access our patient records, and as such, we all share the same patient information, helping us function as a more cohesive medical team, and facilitating our patients' care.
How Does SEMI Record My Data?
Each SEMI physiotherapist, doctor or practitioner uses a laptop, netbook or tablet to enter in patient data either during or after a consultation.
Is My SEMI Electronic Medical Record Secure?
Much more secure than it ever was when we used paper charts. Paper charts can be lost, damaged, and would be ruined in a fire. Our electronic records are stored offsite, using companies who specialize in the secure storage of data. So, even if anyone could hack into our onsite computers, they wouldn't find any patient data, and no confidentiality would be breached. Contrast this to paper charts, which are a tremendous security risk for many reasons.
How Many People Can Access My SEMI Electronic Medical Record?
Only authorized SEMI employees, and you.
How do you record my data?
Each SEMI practitioner uses a laptop, netbook or PC Tablet to enter in patient data either during or after a consultation.
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