Ian PUN, MD, Family Physician, Scarborough, Ontario.
Although many doctors have embraced and modernized their practices with a the advent of an EMR (Electronic Medical Record) system, there still a remaining majority who are hesitant to convert to a computerized recording keeping system fearing change and hassle. I have listed a few brief points urging doctors to change to a more efficient system that saves time and space which will ultimately improve patient care. In future articles, I will go into more detail of specific usages of EMR, specifically the open-source OSCAR McMaster EMR. I will also point of the issues of maintaining an EMR.
Key Words: OSCAR McMaster EMR, computerized medical records, electronic prescription, health information technology.