The technology will enable more efficient clinical practice and better patient care by eliminating the need for phone and fax communications and ensuring that all communication history, such as referrals, specialist consultations, laboratory testing results and other patient information, remains inside the digital chart.
A recent Health Canada survey of healthcare facilities revealed that nearly 25 percent of issues impacting patient safety or healthcare errors were related to communication and documentation errors. In a recent Telus Health survey of EMR users, physicians reported that phone (65 percent) and fax (85 percent) were the top two most commonly used communication methods used by physicians within their practice.
MedDialog enables physicians to have conversations with one another, relating to the care of a patient, in a more efficient manner. These digital exchanges allow for a seamless flow of communication by eliminating the need for a physician to switch from updating a patient’s chart to making a phone call, sending an email through a separate system, or printing hard copy letters to be sent using a fax machine.
This not only saves the physician valuable time which could be spent with patients, but also has the potential to eliminate fatal medical errors.
“MedDialog is built on the capabilities of the Telus Health Exchange platform, an open and vendor-agnostic solution that fosters collaboration and more efficient and effective healthcare for the benefit of patients,” said Michael Guerriere (pictured), chief medical officer, Telus Health. “The launch of MedDialog advances our vision that to improve patient outcomes, we must harness the power of technology to enable a fully connected health ecosystem.”
Today, more than 73 percent of physicians use EMRs to maintain patient clinical notes. MedDialog will ensure that all patient communications are electronically stored within an EMR chart so physicians have a full medical history and can ensure that all patient data transmissions follow best practices for privacy and security.
MedDialog will be launched in the Ottawa region, digitally connecting more than 560 physicians using Telus Health’s PS Suite and Med Access EMRs. The solution will be added to other Telus Health EMRs across the country through the end of 2018 to create a national messaging solution.
The solution will evolve to connect all 20,000 physicians using Telus EMRs and be integrated with other software vendors to enable communication with physicians using other EMR platforms.
“Communications between primary care physicians, specialists and other practitioners will no longer be a sporadic, disjointed and unreliable chain of telephone calls, fax and letters in the mail,” said Dr. James Kavanagh, family physician and medical director, Telus Health.
“Telus Health is equipping physicians with the tools to send and receive patient information quickly and easily right from our EMRs. Our time, and that of our administrative and clinical staff, is optimized because information is added directly to the patient chart, without any manual intervention or interruptions to our workflow.”
For more information on MedDialog please visit http://page.telushealth.com/meddialoginfo
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