Environmental scan for implementing electronic communication at a Family Health Team in rural Ontario
Feng Chang, RPh, BScPhm, PharmD - Gateway and School of Pharmacy, University of Waterloo Claudio Munoz MD, PhD - Gateway Rural Health Research Institute Nishi Gupta, BScPhm candidate - School of Pharmacy, University of Waterloo Rob Annis, MD - North Perth Family Health Team
With the rapid advent of technology in our daily lives, it only seems natural that patients would want to email their health care providers. In the US, patients are already communicating electronically with physicians and most patients and physicians are satisfied with the services they are being able to provide. In Canada, however, the advent of e-communication has been relatively slow. Even though more and more practices are adopting electronic medical records, very few practices are hoping to add electronic communication to their repertoire.