■ Duties and responsibilities:

Expectations of physicians in practice

Electronic records handbook

Implementing and using electronic medical records and electronic health records

Electronic medical records (EMRs) and electronic health records (EHRs) have become an integral part of healthcare delivery in Canada. Implementing and using EMRs and EHRs (eRecords) can raise a number of technological issues and medico-legal risks. Physicians should learn about applicable legislation, regulatory requirements, technological standards, and software options. For advice and information, they might consider consulting with their colleagues, medical regulatory authority, provincial or territorial privacy commissioner (or the equivalent), and provincial or territorial medical association, and with the CMPA. 

Read the Electronic records handbook [PDF].

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