Patient Records – Proof of Good Medical Practice

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A patient’s medical record serves three functions: To remind you of the care you provided to your patient. To enable someone else to step in and provide the appropriate care. To show diligence in the care provided, as required. While most physicians’ patient records are fine as a personal reminder, many do not meet the standard required for numbers 2 …

Managing Workloads and Standards of Practice

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You are a family physician responsible for admissions to an institution in a small community. With up to 20 admissions a day, the patients are often complicated and require additional time. The physicians are struggling with the workload and attempts to recruit more physicians are underway, but have not been successful. At a recent staff meeting to discuss this issue, …

Email update – OIPC releases Practice Note

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About six months ago (April 2012), EMR Forum looked at the issues around the use of email to communicate patient information. While convenient, email is inherently insecure so extra precautions are needed to protect confidential information. The College’s advice has been that password protection is sufficient when using email, so long as you use a strong, alpha-numeric password and communicate …

Queue Jumping, Standards of Practice and Budgets

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The judicially led inquiry into allegations of queue jumping (known officially as the health services preferential access inquiry) will begin later this year. Like many physicians, I will be very interested as to who brings forward stories, who may be subpoenaed to testify, and, of course, to learn what is said. The most common concern others both inside and outside …