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Electronic hospital reports improving patient care in Barrie, agency says

Barrie Ont.'s Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) is now electronically sending 2,500 patient reports per week to ph...


May 26, 2010  


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Barrie Ont.’s Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) is now electronically sending 2,500 patient reports per week to physicians at the Barrie and Community Family Health Team (BCFHT).

“Timely access to hospital reports on my patients helps me offer better care,” says Dr. Anne DuVall, Lead Physician at the BCFHT. “When patients come in for follow-up care after visiting Royal Victoria Hospital, I already have received an electronic copy of their report.”

In the past, these reports were sent in paper format (mail, fax, hospital pick up), taking as long as 12 days to reach the patient’s family physician.

This new electronic Hospital Report Manager has been developed as a computer application that can work at any hospital in Ontario to communicate with physicians using an EMR subsidized by Ontario’s EMR Adoption Program.

The partners for this project include RVH, the BCFHT, OntarioMD (a subsidiary of the Ontario Medical Association that manages Ontario’s EMR Adoption Program), eHealth Ontario (which funded and provided network services for this project) and the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (which sponsored the proposal and coordinated the partners’ participation).