Electronic health records
CanadianEMR awarded funds to evaluate
VANCOUVER – CanadianEMR, a
comprehensive eHealth web site for physicians and a provider of
electronic solutions for doctors, announced that it has
been awarded funding from the National Research Council-Industry
Research Assistance Program and MITACS. The research project will answer
the question: “What is the value of eHealth in the context of Electronic
Medical Record adoption and usage?”
Using statistical methodologies and various data sets, CanadianEMR aims
to build a model that will predict the benefits of EMR adoption in
relation to the overall value of eHealth, based on specific geographic
regions or groupings of use.
Research indicates there is very little evidence linking the adoption of
EMR systems to patient satisfaction, health outcomes, or even access to
healthcare. Although most believe that EMR adoption has an important
part to play in the overall benefits that can be demonstrated through
the use of Information Technologies, there is very little evidence to
From June to September 2008, Greig Pothan, MBA/CMA (Certified Management
Accountant) Candidate at UBC Sauder School of Business worked with
CanadianEMR to develop statistical models that can be linked to EMR
adoption and satisfaction as a foundational measure in relation to other
health and system outcome measures.
CanadianEMR believes this will be important work that will inform
government, industry and other public bodies regarding the value of
investment in EMR in relation to the overall value of eHealth.
CanadianEMR is collaborating with the BC Medical Association, University
of Victoria, Canadian Institute for Health Information, and Canada
Health Infoway, and has been using National Physician Survey data.
One of the funding agencies, MITACS, is a research network based at
Simon Fraser University. On June 5, 2007, the Ministry of Advanced
Education of the Government of British Columbia announced $10 million
for a major expansion of the MITACS Internship Program. This funding
launched ACCELERATE BC –- BC’s Graduate Research Internship Program,
expanding it to include all university faculties and disciplines in the
province. Because of this new funding, 650 internships were to be
offered in BC from 2007 to 2011.
ACCELERATE BC connects BC companies with the research expertise within
the province’s universities. Graduate student interns, under the
supervision of a university faculty supervisor, undertake a four or
eight month project which investigates a research challenge experienced
by a partner company.
Half of the intern’s time is spent on site with the partner company,
interacting with staff, collecting data and furthering their
understanding of the challenge. The remainder of the intern’s time is
spent at their home university, developing a new tool, technique,
methodology or solution to the partner company’s research challenge.
Companies benefit from accessing the intellectual capital within the
province’s universities while connecting with potential future
employees. Graduate interns benefit from the opportunity to apply their
research skills to real-world challenges.
For further information about this research project, please contact