Ontario primary care settings are at various stages of adoption and utilization of electronic medical records (EMRs). Some practices are still contemplating moving away from paper charting while others are beginning to embrace technology. There are practices that are getting very comfortable using EMRs. Some are at the point where they are using EMR data for care planning, health program planning and quality improvement.
Between 2013-2014, the OntarioMD/RNAO Collaborative Peer Leader Program, funded by Canada Health Infoway, supported community-based primary care providers and their support staff, every step of the way, as they transition from paper to electronic medical records. This peer-to-peer network assisted in increasing engagement and use of Electronic Medical Records in family practice offices with physicians and family practice nurses/nurse practitioners and in nurse practitioner-led clinics.
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