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Signing off by Dr. Michelle G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The time has come for me to sign off.  As you can see in the title, "I will be implementing an Electronic Medical Record in my practice, starting in March 2006. This blog is ... Read on »
Not yet good enough by Dr. Michelle G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Here we are, at the start of a new year.  This seems to be a good time to take stock of things.  It has now been almost four years that my group started using an EMR.  My of ... Read on »
Upgrading the office hardware by Dr. Michelle G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy My tablet is now 3 1/2 years old; that's old for a computer!  It is still working well, but I expect it to have an increasing number of problems over the next few months.  I ... Read on »
H1N1 vaccination clinic and EMR by Dr. Michelle G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Our H1N1 vaccination clinics are now running at full capacity, five afternoons a week. All Family Health Team physicians have volunteered to staff the clinics. Family Health ... Read on »
H1N1 influenza by Dr. Michelle G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy There are increasing numbers of people with H1N1 influenza reported in the past two weeks. This feels a bit like SARS did in 2003 (my hospital was at the epicentre of the sec ... Read on »
Open Access by Dr. Michelle G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy We are continuing to implement new things in my office. Here you see an initiative to decrease the number of days that patients have to wait until they get an appointme ... Read on »
Internet speed and quality of care by Dr. Michelle G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I have a fast connection to the Internet in my new office. The reason for this is that we have several practices on our floor, with a lot of physicians, staff and Allied Heal ... Read on »
New office by Dr. Michelle G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I love my new office! We spent the weekend moving in, unpacking, hanging things on walls, and installing and testing all the IT we have. Our IT guy spent several days at the ... Read on »
Of concrete blocks and EMRs by Dr. Michelle G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I am moving to my new office on August 22nd, next Saturday (or at least that was the plan). A 20 foot block of concrete fel l from the third floor on the back entrance of the ... Read on »
Summertime data entry by Dr. Michelle G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I am now back from vacation. Our summer students did a lot of work while I was away. In the previous post, I mentioned that we have missing data on smokers; we also foun ... Read on »
Phase change by Dr. Michelle G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy My moving date to the new office is August 22nd 2009. We are getting very busy with the many details that go into the move. Informing everyone is very challe ... Read on »
Reviewing and changing my scanning process by Dr. Michelle G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I have changed my scanning process. My EMR company had provided software called "ADM" (or Advanced Document Management) in the past, but I didn't use it. The reason for that ... Read on »
User group meeting by Dr. Michelle G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I went to the annual user group meeting last weekend. I believe that bringing together users is extremely valuable; we shared many tips and tricks on how to use the EMR mor ... Read on »
Quality improvement, year 3 by Dr. Michelle G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Our quality of care for preventive services continues to improve. We have 9,985 eligible services. We provided 87.75% of these services, compared to 73.53% last year, a ... Read on »
Outbreak by Dr. Michelle G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy We are now in a Category 5 outbreak, with several cases of Swine Flu (H1N1) reported in Ontario. I went through SARS in 2003; my hospital was at the epicenter o ... Read on »
The three year old EMR by Dr. Michelle G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I now have a three year old EMR. I am way past that terribly disruptive newborn period, have dealt with the Terrible Twos, and am starting to reap some nice benefits from a ... Read on »
The importance of communication by Dr. Michelle G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I had a difficult day last week. A patient came in with two reports: one (from a downtown hospital) showing a decreased bone density, and a second (from a different downto ... Read on »
The spread of EMRs by Dr. Michelle G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy We had our monthly departmental meeting recently; about 50 to 60 local family physicians regularly attend. These colleagues tend to be more involved in the department (teachi ... Read on »
Structure, process, outcome by Dr. Michelle G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy An academic group I belong to has been having a pretty lively discussion on the initial difficulties with starting an EMR. There is consensus in this group (in which everyone ... Read on »
EMR transition for the second wave of physicians by Dr. Michelle G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy My practice partner is continuing on his journey through the transition. It has now been nine months for him. He is definitely not a "techie", but has now adopted the EMR, a ... Read on »