The AMA's position on EMRs

Our EMR vision: Part of Patients First®

In this section, read about our role in advocating for a vision for EMRs that is part of Patients First®.

Just as advocacy for a quality system is an essential role for our physician members, the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) has a responsibility to advocate for what physicians collectively need to put Patients First®.

The health care system gets better when all parties show leadership and make progress together.

  • EMRs advance Patients First® and Value for Patients®.
  • When used to full potential, EMRs can offer significant benefits at the point of care.
  • The value of an EMR to an individual physician depends on how well it generates clinical value and supports business processes.
  • The AMA believes that information-sharing capabilities must acknowledge that the compassion, trust and respect between the patient and the physician are cornerstones of the health care system.
  • The most important role physicians play is helping patients to be as healthy as possible. Fully functioning EMRs can increase efficiency and effectiveness in delivering care.

Provincial Electronic Medical Records Strategy Consultation Agreement

Part of the recent AMA Agreement included three Consultation Agreements, each focused on a particular area of interest and importance to physicians, including one on EMRs:
Provincial Electronic Medical Records Strategy Consultation Agreement >>

Abbreviations used in this section

  • AHS: Alberta Health Services
  • AH: Alberta Health
  • AMA: Alberta Medical Association
  • CPSA: College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta
  • EHRs: Electronic Health Records
  • EMRs: Electronic Medical Records

The provincial health-information environment

Reaching the vision

Your comments about the ideas in this section are welcome:
Caroline Garland
EMR Advisor
Alberta Medical Association
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The AMA advances patient-centered, quality care by advocating for and supporting physician leadership and wellness.