BC Council for high-performance
Dr. Brendan Byrne (pictured), President and
founder of Wolf Medical Systems, a Canadian leader in Electronic Medical
Records (EMR) software, has announced the creation of the Council for
High Performance Medicine. The organization has been established to
identify and highlight benefits and best practices in electronic medical
records in British Columbia.
“The Government of British Columbia has demonstrated a compelling vision
for healthcare in our province with its eHealth initiative and goal to
create a citizen/patient-centric health environment focused on
high-quality, coordinated healthcare,” said Dr. Byrne. “In its eHealth
initiative, we are excited to see Government recognize the value that
electronic medical records bring to improving patient care.”
The council will convene in June 2006 and will be comprised of
physicians, EMR thought-leaders and technology experts.
Dr. Byrne adds, “With its proposed funding to help physicians adopt EMR
technology, the Government is taking an important step in improving
patient care. In forming the Council for High Performance Medicine, we
plan to engage with physicians and thought-leaders to showcase the
improvements to patient care that will accrue from the successful
adoption of EMRs.
“Our goal is to create an environment for physicians to share their
insight and experiences on designing and implementing an EMR strategy,
based on their own experiences in making the move from paper to
technology-based medical practices.”
In B.C., the most common place to receive healthcare is in physician
offices, where doctors often work alone and are paid for each service
they provide. Often referred to as ‘the last mile’ in the healthcare
continuum of care, many provinces have articulated goals to support and
encourage the establishment of an office information infrastructure in
the physician office.
EMR technologies dramatically improve physician work flow, enrich the
physician-patient encounter, enhance patient care, and ultimately are a
key link between the individual patient and regional, provincial and
national health systems.
These technology investments in the physician offices have the potential
to keep waiting lists down, lessen the pressure on emergency rooms, make
the system more sustainable and above all improve the quality of patient
According to Dr. Bryce Kelpin, Medical Director, Continuum Medical Care,
“Our EMR software is a powerful system that allows us to bring together
doctors from geographically disparate locations and integrate them in a
way so that we can deliver a high level of continuous patient care. From
prevention to diagnosis and treatment, this system is extremely
impressive; it’s also powerful for patients to see their records and the
lifestyle changes they need to make, especially when we’re managing
chronic diseases. This council offers an excellent opportunity to focus
on the benefits of EMRs from the physicians’ perspective, and to share
and highlight these benefits with physicians across B.C. that have yet
to adopt this type of technology.”
Technology leaders, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard (Canada) have joined
the Council for High Performance Medicine to show strong support for the
evolution of healthcare in British Columbia.
According to Glenn Berg, national partner manager, healthcare, at
Microsoft Canada Co., “Microsoft is pleased to participate with Dr.
Byrne on the Council for High Performance Medicine and to be part of
this initiative, which assists physicians and medical practitioners to
deliver primary care and to further develop and implement electronic
medical records in patient care. This is an exciting time for healthcare
in B.C. and we look forward to more dialogue with physicians, vendors
and the government to help realize the vision for excellence in primary
“Fragmented systems and cumbersome, outdated record-keeping methods have
magnified over the past decade, making healthcare both inefficient and
costly,” said Dave Mosher, healthcare business manager, HP Canada.
“Physicians are the gateway to identifying and supporting patients’ well
being in B.C. and we are pleased to see the government recognize the
value that EMR technology brings to improving patient care. HP looks
forward to collaborating with physicians, vendors and the government to
turn the vision of patient-centric, high-quality and coordinated
healthcare into a reality.”
Physicians, thought-leaders and technology experts with EMR expertise or
knowledge are encouraged to email
email@example.com for information on joining the council.
About Wolf Medical Systems
Wolf Medical Systems is a leading national provider of electronic
medical records (EMR) software for physician offices and medical clinics
across Canada. Founded in 1998, the company has more than 300 installed
sites in Canada and more than 1,000 physician users nationwide.