CMA provides website service to Canadian doctors
OTTAWA – As part of its ongoing
mission to help Canadian physicians improve their professional lives,
the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has recently launched mydoctor.ca
– a unique, online service that enables physicians to create and
maintain their own sophisticated websites quickly, easily and
By using this online tool, Canadian physicians and their staff will
receive immediate, tangible benefits that include: a reduction in
repetitive administrative tasks such as responding to telephone
inquiries for information on office hours, directions and instructions;
improved practice efficiency by helping doctors spend less time
explaining and more time consulting; access to a trusted collection of
online healthcare resources, including websites and health information
that doctors can safely recommend to their patients; and reduced online
and legal liability by following CMPA best practice guidelines.
A 2002 Survey showed that 51% of patients requested information from
their physicians via the Internet. Today, mydoctor.ca enhances
physician-patient communication substantially by offering patients
online access to information from their physician 24 hours a day.
Not only does this help patients prepare for appointments and better
understand the services offered by the medical clinic, they can also
access information that complements their knowledge of their illnesses
Patients will have a reliable source of health information and their
physicians won’t have to grapple with patients arriving with Internet
printouts from questionable sources. As a result, patients can maximize
the quality of the time they spend with their physicians. In short, the
service encourages a more prepared, more productive interaction between
physicians and patients.
Dr. Sunil Patel, president of the Canadian Medical Association, created
his own practice website using mydoctor.ca, noting, “I’m looking forward
to offering my website to my patients. It took me less than 30 minutes
to set it up and I know my patients will value the information resources
to which I can now direct them. I have even been able to add some of my
own local resources to reflect my practice profile and my community.”
According to Dr. Patel, this is just the first phase of mydoctor.ca.
“Physicians that sign up with us today will be able to ride a wave of
innovation over time that they would never be able to match if they were
trying to build a site from scratch themselves.
Unlike most commercial providers, physicians also know that CMA member
services are designed from a physician’s viewpoint first and that
commercial considerations are secondary. As new information and
communications technologies emerge and the potential for strengthened
online physician/patient communication increases, the mydoctor.ca
service will evolve to reflect these changes.”
The new member service will be managed and supported by GlobalMedic, the
CMA’s Internet subsidiary. Physicians can access it by going to cma.ca
or directly to mydoctor.ca.
With mydoctor.ca , personalized practice websites are easy to create,
preview and manage. Using easy to follow, step-by-step instructions,
doctors can have their own site up and running in less than 30 minutes.
And maintaining the site is just as easy, with no technical training
required, according to the CMA. What’s more, CMA will help ensure that
resource links are kept up to date.
Dr. Jay Mercer, GlobalMedic’s medical director, stated “my staff and I
have already seen significant time savings and experienced the benefits
of improved patient preparation since I introduced this into my practice
earlier this summer.”
The CMA represents more than 57,000 physician members. GlobalMedic, a
subsidiary of CMA Holdings Inc. (the business arm of the CMA), is a
healthcare information technology company that applies the power and
connectivity of Internet and wireless networks. GlobalMedic serves CMA
members, the CMA, other healthcare organizations and the Canadian
public, to enhance the professional and personal lives of CMA members,
and improve the health of Canadians.
Created by the CMA, cma.ca is said to be the No. 1 physician portal in
Canada through which physicians can access healthcare information and
Internet services, such as online drug information, in-depth online
medical references and journals, accredited CME courses, practice
website services, PDA Handhelds and medical PDA applications, medical
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