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Transitioning

Island Health’s new EHR is being developed so it is available for all health care providers.

One of the goals with the electronic health record (EHR) is to move away from paper-based charts and records. Moving to a totally electronic health record will take time; paper-based records will continue to be used until they are all transitioned to the new EHR.

All documentation from a facility that has transitioned to the new EHR can be viewed by all other sites. This means the viewing healthcare workers and physicians will have access to the sending site’s complete medical chart.

Uploading Existing Health Records

The process of uploading all existing health records into the EHR is a huge undertaking and will take time. We know, for example, that all existing health records will not be uploaded for First Activation at NRGH and Dufferin Place.

The goal with the EHR is to move away from paper-based charts. Moving to a totally electronic health record will take time; paper-based records will continue to be used until they are all transitioned to the EHR. As more patient information is entered into the EHR we will use fewer paper-based records.

As all areas are not transitioning at the same time, there will still be the need to share information using the historical data in the paper-based records.

For more information, read the following FAQ:

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