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The transition from paper charts to electronic medical records (EMRs) in community-based practices has helped enhance patient care, improve clinical decision making, and facilitate better communication between care providers. But as clinics increase their storage of electronic information and prepare to share more clinical data through primary care networks, securing this data and protecting patient privacy becomes more important.
To help physicians meet their IT security needs, the Doctors Technology Office (DTO) - funded jointly by Doctors of BC and the BC Government through the General Practice Services Committee (GPSC) - offers a variety of training resources that have been recommended by BC’s health authorities.
The Fraser Health Authority recently made DTO’s IT security training a standard requirement for clinics who want to access patient data via Fraser Health’s Unifying Clinical Information (UCI) eHealth viewer. The requirement can be fulfilled in two ways:
Both cover common best practices for safeguarding patient data privacy in clinical settings, including practical guides, checklists, and templates that clinics can implement. For more information about the UCI eHealth viewer, contact UCI@fraserhealth.ca.