Medical staff at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital have been testing a new system. They've been working with a new electronic records system. Hospital vice-president Cathy Dawe talks about the advantages of the Meditech system.

"So, we've done a lot of work and combined the Meditech features with other programs to make a really great improvement in medication safety and accuracy," she said.

Lab reports and pathologies can also be attached to the electronic record, Dawe noted.

"So, it's in one place, and it's really provided continuity of care and access to information, when it's needed," Dawe added.

Electronic health records will also help patients, who are being transferred from one site to another. In the future, Kenora staff are hoping to create links with neighbouring locations in Manitoba, as well as First Nation clinics.

Four years ago, the eHealth scandal became front page news, as the province struggled to explain how they'd spent a billion dollars on creating electronic systems for health records, with little results to show for the expenses. The goal has been to replace paper records that were handwritten and difficult to transfer with the patient from site to site.

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