Dialogue Volume 13 Issue 3 2017 - Page 40

PRACTICE PARTNER A n electronic medical record (EMR) has tremendous potential to help physicians track patient data trends, identify individu- als due for testing or in need of follow-up care for chronic conditions. And it can save considerable time compared to a paper-based practice. But EMRs, like any technology, can overwhelm the neophyte, especially one who does not view themselves as computer liter- ate. It takes time and commitment for their uses to be fully understood and optimized. Making that task much easier for clinicians are Peer Leaders – physicians identified by OntarioMD as advanced EMR users who have developed the expertise and best prac- tices to share with their peers who are new to 40 DIALOGUE ISSUE 3, 2017 the world of EMRs. “I believe there is tremendous untapped wisdom and clinical, specialty-specific help that Peer Leaders can provide to special- ists who use EMRs,” says Dr. Eoin Lalor, a gastroenterologist in Barrie, who has worked with Dr. Ilana Halperin, a Toronto endocri- nologist and a Peer Leader. “Several of her suggestions have dramatically improved my efficiency and satisfaction with my EMR.” In 2007, fewer than 1,000 Ontario family physicians were connected to EMR. Fast forward a decade, and more than 14,000 community-based family doctors and specialists now use EMRs in their practice – moving Ontario from the lowest provincial EMR adoption number to the highest in that time span. In fact, Ontario has more Mentoring Physicians to Optimize Electronic Medical Record Use