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Electronic Medical Records and Public Health

Here’s one electronic records initiative that looks good as cost-savings and doesn’t seem too controversial from a privacy perspective:

…as the province moves toward electronic health records, Dr. Barbara Yaffe,  Toronto’s associate medical officer of health, said she wants children’s immunization charts to be included.

…By law children in Ontario must be vaccinated against measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus and polio.

But in 2008 the city witnessed the largest outbreak of measles since the mid-1990s, as well as cases of mumps…

“[W]e would always be up-to-date on what every child has. We wouldn’t have to go through all this inefficient process of sending letters and bugging parents and even suspending some children, if we had that information.”

As a parent who is a recipient of those (many, many!) letters, I’m 100% in favour.

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