Why an EMR?

Are you interested in improving quality of care?  Would you like your practice to be more efficient, cutting-edge, and have a distinct professional advantage?  Do you want to attract and retain new physicians?  Research shows, physicians can benefit from EMRs.

Benefits of EMR
What you may have heard about implementing and EMR
Who is eligible
Change management services through the Saskatchewan EMR Program
Getting started
EMR software vendors
 

The Saskatchewan EMR Program

The Saskatchewan EMR Program assists physicians with the implementation of Electronic Medical Record systems.  Through a joint funding agreement between the Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health, physicians in Saskatchewan can receive on-going support to adopt one of the approved EMR software solutions.  We can help you navigate your EMR decision from the point of consideration through implementation; you will not have to go it alone!

For more information about the Saskatchewan EMR Program and the SMAs no-cost change management support services, please contact the EMR Program at:

Telephone:  306.657.4557
Saskatchewan Toll-free Telephone:  1.800.667.3781

Fax:  306.974.0326
Email:   emr@sma.sk.ca 
 

Benefits of EMR

Strengthen patient safety

  • Improve the quality of and access to patient information
  • Reduce clinical errors
  • Help providers keep more complete records
  • Identify unauthorized access to personal health information

Lower cost of care over time

  • Reduce need for paper and file storage
  • Save administration costs by generating automatic reports
  • Quick access to patient record

Quantifiable data analysis

  • Provide easier observation of trends and patterns
  • Enhance the ability to analyze data

Easy retrieval of patient information

  • Faster than manual file pulling and re-filling
  • Patient file is always available, less potential for misfiling attachments
  • Access Electronic Health Record (EHR) integrated services such as electronic lab results

Communication

  • Improve access to clinical information regarding patients
  • Improve the sharing of information among health-care providers within the clinic
  • Manage effective patient scheduling

Billing and reconciliation

  • Automatic billing and reconciliation process
     

Who is eligible

Most fee-for-service physicians in Saskatchewan are eligible for the Saskatchewan EMR Program. This includes family physicians/general practitioners (FPs/GPs) and specialists, working in solo or group practice. An eligible physician:

  • Has a clear clinical need for a patient record within an EMR
  • Is practising as an approved specialty on the EMR Program Specialties list
  • Is a Saskatchewan-licensed physician practising in a Saskatchewan clinic or practice
  • Will use their EMR instance to document clinical encounters and perform billing for insured services (clinical documentation and billing must occur in the same EMR instance)
  • Has financial responsibility for their EMR instance (including initial investment, licence costs and/or annual maintenance/subscription costs
     

Change management services through the Saskatchewan EMR Program

  • Champion coaching (Peer support)
  • Change management transition planning
  • Workflow analysis
  • Project management
  • Privacy and security (including exit agreements)
     

Getting started and application

  1. Your clinic completes the online form. Click here for the online funding application.

  2. Your form is submitted to the EMR Program at which time a Change Management Advisor contacts you to schedule an orientation meeting.

  3. The CMA discusses EMR vendor software options for your selection.

  4. You and the CMA schedule a planning meeting with your EMR vendor of choice and arrange a Go Live date.  Privacy and security requirements are completed at this time.

  5. Your CMA will provide additional support services beneficial to your practice, (e.g.) workflow analysis.

  6. The SMA arranges for funding to begin. Confirmation is provided by the CMA.

  7. The CMA arranges a follow-up meeting with your clinic within four weeks after Go Live.
     

EMR software vendors

Physicians may choose one of the two qualified electronic medical record vendors:

These vendors were selected through a competitive request for proposal process conducted by the Saskatchewan EMR Program.