Electronic medical records (EMRs) contain personal health information gathered by a patient's health care provider. They are the digital versions of the paper charts commonly used in clinics and hospitals.
The number of physicians with access using Electronic Medical Records (EMR) in their practice is growing every day.
Since working with the Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA), more than 80 per cent of eligible physicians have implemented an EMR as part of their practice.
There are many types of EMRs used in different health care settings, such as hospitals or by specialists. Primary health care EMRs contain personal health information collected in a family doctor's office or other primary health care setting. It includes patient histories, allergies, visit notes and medication history. Nearly all Canadian family doctors store patient data in primary health care EMR systems.