Dr. Clifford, Chief Medical Information Officer for NH, has spearheaded the interoperability of electronic records, has won 2 Golden Apple Awards from the BC Health Care Awards and has been appointed to the Order of BC for his work.
Innovation in Information Technology has Resulted in an Electronic Medical Record Interface to Improve Patient Care and Provider Experience
Northern Health and Interior Health have collaboratively developed innovative models of sharing patient information with electronic medical records. This has been recognized provincially for out of the box thinking.
In 1993, Dr. Bill Clifford, Chief Medical Information Officer with Northern Health, recognized the need for an innovative solution which would distribute electronic copies of patient lab results, medical images and pharmacy document into a provider’s electronic medical record (EMR). At that time, physicians and other providers were beginning electronic patient records but were receiving paper copies of patient data which was resulting in inefficiencies in process. Previously, the only way that was used to connect to physician or provider offices was through pieces of paper or fax which then had to manually entered and often scanned. Unless care was taken to enter discrete information from the reports, results were unreportable and couldn’t be used for clinical decision support.
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