The Auditor General’s Report on Primary Care Networks

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I like Primary Care Networks. I’ve liked them from their inception. I thought, at the time, they had the potential to substantially improve primary care delivery to Albertans and were flexible enough to adapt to the various locations and needs within our large province. My family doctor is a member of a PCN and I am one of those rare …

Discharging Patients for Refusing Vaccination

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Your colleague is concerned about the rising amount of parents who decline having their children immunized due to media stories about the dangers of immunization. You recall the College published a Standard of Practice on how toterminate the Physician-Patient Relationship where it explains physicians cannot discharge a patient for not following medical advice, unless the patient does this repeatedly and …

Viewing Netcare Information for Self or Family – What Do You Think?

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An open letter to Netcare Users was recently posted to the Netcare flash page by the Integrated Clinical Working Group and the EHR Data Stewardship Committee. This letter was the subject of discussion by the CPSA Medical Informatics Committee (MIC). The letter dealt with a number of issues related to the security and confidentiality of Netcare information, but of most …

CPSA Endorses Physician Participation in Netcare ePrescribe Pilots

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Within about six months, the Netcare ePrescribe project will be tested in controlled pilots. Participants will be recruited by the project Steering Committee. College Council has endorsed the ePrescribe initiative. Physicians are encouraged to participate in the Netcare ePrescribe pilot projects, notwithstanding our Standards of Practice which currently do not endorse prescribing via electronic media. The College has had a …