Online health records slow in coming, France Gelinas says

Health care records continue to go online in this province, but a Sudbury opposition MPP says the process is taking too long.

Health care records continue to go online in this province, but a Sudbury opposition MPP says the process is taking too long.

It was recently announced by the Province that three health centres in Sudbury will be using electronic records by 2015.

The Shkagamik-Kwe Aboriginal Health Centre in Sudbury started using electronic health records almost a year ago.

Executive Director Angela Recollet said while the system is beneficial, not all health care providers are in the system yet.

The agency known as eHealth was established by the province in 2008. It reports about 60 per cent of doctors in the province are using the electronic system.

"Province wide, I think that we still have a long way to go,” she said.

New Democrat MPP France Gelinas said she also has concerns about how fast the process is taking.

"We're a long way from having to go to an emergency or a scheduled appointment down south and having our records available to us electronically,” Gelinas said. “I'm starting to give up hope."

The agency known as eHealth was established by the province in 2008. It reports about 60 per cent of doctors in the province are using the electronic system.

Gelinas said she wonders when all Ontario residents will have this service.

"They've done a small step. Let's celebrate the small step,” she said. “But at the rate of the small steps, it will take decades to get anywhere."

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