Section of Researchers

CFPC Position Statement supports access to EMR data for quality improvement and research

(November 28, 2017, Mississauga, ON) – The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) today released a new position statement related to access to electronic medical records (EMRs) to support practice-level quality improvement (QI) activities and research in family medicine and primary care. The statement is supported by the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN) and the University of Toronto Practice-Based Research Network (UTOPIAN).

The statement identifies current demands imposed by EMR vendors that may restrict access to data through prohibitive fees, restrictions on third party extraction and analyses, or limitations on the type or frequency of data extractions.

“The ability to analyze EMR data is essential to quality health care and the ability to measure progress,” says CFPC President Guillaume Charbonneau, MD, CCFP, FCFP. “Quality improvement, family medicine research, and disease surveillance are fundamental requirements to support our health care system.”

“CPCSSN relies on access to EMR data so we can better understand population health,” adds CPCSSN Director Richard Birtwhistle, MD, MSc, CCFP, FCFP. “Access to these data should not be subject to prohibitive charges by EMR vendors for data extraction.”

“Data stored in EMRs actually belong to our patients,” says UTOPIAN Acting Director Michelle Greiver, MSc, MD, CCFP, FCFP. “The adoption of EMRs is subsidized through provincial and territorial public funding. Public funds should not then be required again to extract patient-owned data used to inform and improve care delivery.”

In 2017, 85 per cent of family physicians in Canada use EMR systems; an increase from 16 per cent in 2004. The growth is very positive to support QI, research, and high-quality and safe care for patients—defining pillars of the Patient’s Medical Home, a model of patient-centred care as defined by the CFPC.

*Canada Health Infoway. Use of Electronic Medical Records among Canadian Physicians, 2017 Update. Toronto, ON: Canada Health Infoway; 2017.

The Section of Researchers’ (SOR’s) Blueprint for Family Medicine Research Success

 

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The Section of Researchers’ (SOR’s) Blueprint for Family Medicine Research Success 2012–2017 is a detailed outline of the work to be undertaken by the SOR to support the vision of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. It contains five strategic objectives, which will guide our activities for a 5-year period.


Highlights of the Section of Researchers’ Spring 2014 Council Meeting

The Section of Researchers’ Council oversees the business of the SOR. The Council activities include advocating for and supporting family medicine research in Canada, developing and implementing the SOR’s Blueprint for Family Medicine Research Success, and monitoring the progress of the SOR’s activities. The SOR Council holds two face-to-face meetings each year. Read the Highlights of the SOR’s Spring 2014 Council Meeting.

Family Medicine Research Awards

The Section of Researchers, with the support of the CFPC and the CFPC’s Research and Education Foundation, promotes the development of new knowledge and recognizes outstanding contributions to family medicine research through numerous honours and awards.

CFPC 2014 Research Awards

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