The Montmagny-L'Islet Family Medicine Group in Montmagny, Quebec, was formed in 2003 by the staff of three clinics and has grown to include five clinics served by 20 doctors and three nurses. The need for collaboration among multiple health care providers over several points of care made an obvious case for an electronic medical record (EMR) system. Implementation began in 2006 under the leadership of Dr. Jean-Francois Rancourt, a family physician.
Users of the EMR system can now book appointments, prescribe drugs, receive lab results and retrieve diagnostic imaging information. Notes from patient encounters are automatically entered into the system, providing practitioners with the latest information when making decisions about diagnosis and treatment.
For patients, the benefit is improved coordination of care. Physicians find the time saved allows them to see more patients and the nurses are able to do more education and follow-up with patients suffering from chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension. Dr. Rancourt talks about the positive outcomes of the group's EMR system and how it improves access to patient information.
* This video is available in French only.