There is a significant difference between the transfer of a sub-set of patient data between two similar or different community based EMR systems and the transfer of a complete patient record. The ability to transfer an entire patient record is a requirement of practice. When a patient leaves one physician to attend another physician, there is a need to transfer the clinical records to the new physician. In an electronic system in which there is no capability to transfer any more than a core data set, the record needs to be printed and mailed or faxed to the new physician. In addition, the faxed or mailed chart is still not integrated in the new physician's EMR.
In the UK, a recent development has been the live transfer of a record between two practices electronically.
"With electronic transfer, the complete patient record is transferred directly to the new surgery’s computer system, rather than being sent in paper format and then re-input manually. The new system will dramatically speed up the process, which can currently take up to six weeks, and should also make records more accurate."
To read more, click here - Link: PRESS RELEASE: EMIS Celebrates UK’s first electronic patient record transfer.
Also - Link: First live GP2GP record transfer.
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