Emailing Patient Information

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Security should always be a top concern when communicating identifiable patient information, especially in an electronic environment. Email, while convenient, requires specific security measures to prevent unauthorized viewing. If you use email to convey identifiable patient information – whether to a patient or a colleague – it is a good idea to: Limit your use of email: Email is not …

Identifying the Sex of a Fetus: The Potential Issues

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You are a family physician in a large urban centre. Your practice is diverse and includes long-time residents and many new immigrant families. You have received two requests from women in early pregnancy asking for investigation to determine the sex of the fetus and you are wondering why this is so important to them. You have just read the editorial …

When you move your practice – what to do about your electronic patient records

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If you’re like most physicians, you’ll move your practice at least once in your career. Wherever you go, the responsibility for the security and accessibility of your patient records goes with you. A simple concept if you’re in solo practice, but what if you’re leaving a multi-practitioner clinic with a shared EMR? Here are some suggestions. Make the transition as …

Using a shared EMR? Make sure you sign on the dotted line

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In the November 2011 Messenger, we provided a checklist of all the things you need to do to make sure your Electronic Medical Record (EMR) is secure and accessible only by authorized users. But what happens if you don’t own or control the EMR yourself? Maybe you are one of several physicians working part-time in a clinic. While you all use …