Access to data in primary care is difficult, largely because the quality of data in Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) is poor. While it is important to improve the quality of data going into EMRs, it is also worthwhile to get better at using the data and systems as they are. Over 30 Quality Improvement Decision Support Specialists (QIDSS) are dispersed across the province to help members access and use data better to improve care, supported by our Quality Improvement Decision Support (QIDS) program.
Change Concept – EMR Communities of Practice (CoPs)
AFHTO convened CoPs for 6 EMRs to engage EMR vendors, QIDS Specialists, Physicians, Interdisciplinary Healthcare Providers, and practice staff to continuously improve user expertise and access to EMR data.
Unlike most EMR “user groups” the CoPs have the following characteristics:
Where are we now?
Access to good quality EMR data remains a challenge, with low maturity in EMR use and low functionality. Integration with other systems is increasing but still problematic. Increase in the spread of standard EMR data entry and extraction tools, however, illustrates that people and processes can increase the value of the technology, with the goal of being able to show improvements in care.
AFHTO continues to support the EMR Communities of Practice to help members access and use data better to improve care. For more information or if you’d like to join an EMR CoP – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.