The Saskatchewan Cancer Agency is speaking on their accomplishments.
A public meeting was held in Regina on Tuesday night at their quarters on Parliament Avenue, where advancements in the S-C-A’s strategic plan and other initiatives were elaborated on.
One of those advancements, said President and CEO Jon Tonita, is the work done as it regards to electronic records.
“There’s a very big safety component to having an electronic record and not having patient information in multiple sources,” he said. “You prefer to have it all in one source.”
Another advancement is the work and strides made in regards to implementing voice recognition.
“Physicians dictate notes that go directly into the patient record and then they go into the provincial EHR viewer for all physicians to see,” he noted. “It’s eliminated our need for transcription services.”
Tonita stated they’re one of a few Canadian oncology centres to successfully implement voice recognition to the degree they have.
This, especially as it regards to voice recognition technology, is part of a bigger plan, according to Board Chair Ron Waschuk.
“That’s part of a whole package of activity which we refer to as CMS, so Clinical Management System,” said Waschuk. “Basically, computerizing, systemizing that entire system to try and remove as much paperwork as we can from the system.”
Waschuk said terms of patients records, the more accessible it is to care providers, the less handoff of information is required.