The following was submitted by Dr. Ian Pun and is published on his behalf:
Recently Novartis issued an advisory about stopping the combination Rasilez (renin inhibitor) + ARB or ACEI in diabetics.
Using my EMR, I quickly searched my patient database for “Rasilez”. Although, I’ve never started this combination myself personally, I found one of my patients where a specialist had started Rasilez and I had already put him on Cozaar. The other six results were patients of other family physicians that I had seen. Immediately the patients were contacted via phone or email.
Good for the EMR. The more (correct) data that is in an EMR, the more useful it becomes. There is no way you could search this using paper charts — unless you went individually through a ton of charts! If done manually and browsing one paper chart per minute, for 3,000 charts it would take you 3,000 minutes or 50 hours. The computer does it in five seconds.
This is a true-to-life example of how an EMR should serve you.
Dr. Ian Pun, Family Physician, Scarborough, Ontario
(Dr. Pun uses OSCAR EMR)
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