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Jason N

Toronto, ON – Throughout my training and career, digital health systems have facilitated my education and allowed me to become an effective and efficient physician. When I started medical school, most of the hospitals used paper records almost exclusively. As I entered clerkship, a big shift to digital health information systems started. This began with electronic systems used for ordering medications. Next, electronic medical records and the electronic digital imaging systems allowed testing such as blood tests and radiographic images to be requested, obtained and interpreted seamlessly. This allowed information required for patient care to be available immediately and directly at the point of care. These changes resulted in improved efficiency and patient safety. Immediate and automatic checks for drug interactions and digital checklists ensured that nothing was missed.  These systems also enhanced and accelerated the learning process for me as a student. More time was dedicated to patient care and learning instead of keeping up with inefficient paper trails.  As I transitioned into my professional career, integrating digital systems into my office was a no-brainer. With support from OntarioMD, the office has been paperless with an EMR from day one and has been running efficiently and smoothly. There is no lag for getting lab or imaging results from patient testing – it automatically gets updated into the EMR and we are notified of abnormalities immediately. Communication with doctors’ offices is quick and seamless. I can only imagine how much more difficult things would be without the help of the EMR.