Electronic Medical Records (EMR)

An Electronic Medical Record (EMR) is a computer-based patient medical record used by physicians, nurses and administrative staff. EMRs contain patient information that authorized health professionals can access electronically rather than through a traditional paper chart.

EMRs will:

  • improve patient care by giving physicians better access to clinical information.
  • improve physician office efficiency and workflow.
  • reduce duplicate tests and clinical assessments.
  • Enhance patient privacy and confidentiality as defined in legislation and professional practice standards.


Physicians will have access to their patient's complete medical information including medical history, medication profile, lab test results and immunization history, from their EMR.

Over time, EMRs will support workflow between general practitioners and specialists by providing methods for the electronic transmission of referral and surgical registry information.

Over time, EMR applications in physician offices will link to B.C.’s Electronic Health Records (EHR) system and other eHealth services like ePrescribing.

Government and Physicians

On May 5, 2006 the British Columbia Medical Association and the provincial government completed the negotiation of a new agreement on behalf of the physicians of British Columbia. As part of this negotiation, the parties agreed to work collaboratively to coordinate, facilitate and support information technology planning and implementation for physicians.

The scope of the information technology includes: professionally hosted EMR applications; implementation support; secure, high-speed networks; secure e-mail, and office hardware such as computers and printers.