Electronic health records
PEI’s system for all hospitals is set to go
CHARLOTTETOWN – All Prince Edward
Island hospitals will begin using a Clinical Information System (CIS) on
April 1. “The system will allow healthcare providers to gather and
access patient information electronically, in a secure manner,” said
Health Minister Doug Currie. “The implementation of the CIS in hospitals
across the province represents a significant step toward the development
of an Electronic Health Record for the province.”
The CIS will begin to provide electronic access to hospital records,
eventually eliminating the need to copy and transfer paper versions of
medical records. This reduces the risk of error and improves the safety
and security of medical records.
The CIS will also help prevent the occurrence of duplicate medical
tests, help reduce the risk of drug reactions in patients, and reduce
the need for patients to answer the same series of questions each time
they receive treatment.
The public will see a change in the admitting and registration process
as the CIS is introduced at all hospitals.
A provincial hospital record requires all patient records to be
identified using a number that is consistent across the province. All
patients will be asked for their Provincial Health Number, found on
their orange provincial health card, when they are admitted to a
hospital or registering for a service, such as lab testing. The
provincial health card will replace the individual health cards that
were formerly used at each hospital.
Continuing to provide the best possible patient care remains a top
priority during the transition to the CIS. Physicians and hospital staff
across the province have worked to plan, prepare, and train for the
introduction of the new system.
“All efforts have been made to ensure that it is introduced with little
or no impact to the services provided at Island hospitals. The CIS will
update existing technology in the Registration, Pharmacy and Lab
Departments in Island hospitals,” said Brenda Campbell, project director
for the CIS.
“Later this year, and in the spring of 2009, the CIS will expand to
include nursing documentation and physician orders, and will support
Surgery and Emergency Departments.”
Future phases of the project will build on the CIS foundation to create
a comprehensive Electronic Health Record (EHR) for Islanders. When fully
implemented, the province’s EHR will provide healthcare providers with
secure electronic access to patients’ medical records, including test
results and medication history.