Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) has made significant progress toward the establishment of a provincial electronic health record (EHR) system.
In 2001, NL was the first Canadian jurisdiction to implement a client registry, one of the core EHR elements. The registry uniquely identifies patients, a first step in ensuring the right health information is matched to the right patient. A Diagnostic Imaging/Picture Archiving and Communication System (DI-PACS) was rolled out next. It allows the sharing of medical images between physicians and radiologists, reducing the time required to obtain diagnostic reports.
As well, NL has successfully expanded its use of Telehealth services, reducing the need for patients to travel to receive specialized care. The province is now implementing The Pharmacy Network, a provincial drug information system, which will link all pharmacies to one drug information system.
Mike Barron, president and chief executive officer of the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information, talks about his province's progress and next steps on the journey toward a provincial EHR system.