Dr. Suzanne Hall-Losier
Dr Suzanne Hall-Losier made the switch from paper to the Provincial EMR in 2014, and spent a fair amount of time preparing for the transition. She, like most doctors, was a bit apprehensive about the time it would take away from patient care to get started.
“I was optimistic about its potential from the start, but I knew I couldn’t stop seeing my patients to learn how to use the system – slowing down my practice and seeing fewer patients would stress me out more than staying later to make sure I got the information right.”
As a result, she set goals for herself of inputting information from a handful of charts per day. Months later, she’s well on her way to using only the Provincial EMR. “I love the direct access from the EMR to the EHR and carrying a paper chart around has always been awkward,” she laughs.
From her initial experience with the “very helpful” Velante trainers and helpdesk, she has volunteered to be part of the Peer-to-Peer Program. The Program is made up of several physician volunteers who visit other doctors who are in the process of implementing the EMR to help advise them on what they could do to ease their transition.
The Program is made up of doctors from all around the province who are working to help their colleagues switch to the Provincial EMR. For some the EMR was intuitive, but that wasn’t necessarily the case for Dr Hall-Losier. Though they come from different perspectives and practice types, they have one major thing in common: “We’re all very optimistic about the potential of the EMR.”