spring 2007

H E A L T H   T E C H N O L O G Y

How EMR is transforming primary health care

By Jonathan Carpenter

The dawn of the electronic medical record (EMR) is transforming the way family practice clinics across Canada are managing workflows, as well as the way physicians interact with patients and each other.

P R I V A C Y
EMR pilot project

By NLMA Staff

 The EMR pilot project is a joint initiative of the Department of Health and Community Services, the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information (NLCHI) and Eastern Health, as well as the NLMA.

E X E C U T I V E   D I R E C T O R ' S   M E S S A G E
Team approach to chronic pain absent in our province

By Rob Ritter
Is our health care system today meeting the needs of those who endure constant suffering? Will we be able to meet the ever-increasing challenges of tomorrow?

P E R S P E C T I V E S
Valuable sources of information for doctors

By Dr. Susan King
Useful online resources and information line telephone numbers for physicians and patients.

S T A F F
Long-time NLMA manager retiring after 36 years

By NLMA Staff
Judy Hunt, the NLMA’s director of administrative services, is retiring after 36 years with the Association.

H E A L T H   P R O M O T I O N

Kids Eat Smart helps kids make the grade

Submitted Article

Some 16,000 children and youth kick off the school day with breakfast at their school’s Kids Eat Smart Club. ... but food to think on is just the start of the benefits of Club membership.

H E A L T H  T E C H N O L O G Y

What’s the flap about the ‘new’ Pap?

By Dr. Dan Fontaine
 In the 1930’s, Dr. George Papanicalou developed the most successful screening test for cancer – the Pap test. Despite its success, the Pap test has received much criticism over its low sensitivity.

R E S I D E N T ' S   C O R N E R
PAIRN promotes well-being of every resident

By Dr. Mairi Chadwick

The term “residency” is self-explanatory in that during our post-secondary training, we are expected to eat, sleep and live at the hospital... (but) it is safe to say that the satisfactions definitely offset the stresses.

H e a l t h  A D M I N I S T R A T I O N
Noninsured service rate increases

By NLMA Staff

The NLMA Board of Directors has approved an increase of $30 to the NLMA non-insured hourly rate. Effective April 1, 2007, the recommended rate will be $280.

E D U C A T I O N
New organization offers unique medical education and conferencing services

Submitted Article
Professional Development and Conferencing Services (PDCS), a new organization at Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine, offers unique medical education and conferencing services.

H e a l t h   P R O M O T I O N
Arthritis: The disease that keeps on taking

By Beverly Byrd

Of the more than 40,000 hip and knee replacements done in Canada in 2000/01, over 80 per cent had an arthritis related diagnosis.

F I N A N C E
Get corporately-owned insurance working for you

By MD Financial Staff

Can you invest your corporate surplus in a tax-preferred universal life policy? Do you have to buy another policy or can you use the one you already own personally?

E D U C A T I O N
Letter of thanks from NLMA bursary recipient

Submitted Article

This bursary will be extremely helpful with meeting some of my medical training expenses. Your kindness is greatly appreciated.

H E A L T H    P R O M O T I O N
Government sends message to restrict youth access to tobacco

Submitted Article

“Government has taken an integrated approach to tobacco control that includes public education and awareness, legislation, enforcement, community and school based programs, ” said Health Minister Wiseman.

H E A L T H    P R O M O T I O N
Smokers’ Helpline shares strategies to help youth ‘kick the habit'

By Mary Lynn Pender
Thanks to the work of health care providers such as physicians, in partnership with others concerned about the health of young people, smoking among youth has decreased over the past few years.

Online Only  H E A L T H   P O L I C Y
2007 National Physician Survey is here

By NLMA Staff

The envelopes and emails have been sent and the 2007 National Physician Survey is in the field. If you haven't already filled it in, there is still time.

Online Only  h e a l t h   p o l i c y
Province developing best practices guidelines for physician recruitment

Submitted Article
The provincial physician recruitment office has received support from Health Canada to develop best practice guidelines for  physician recruitment, orientation and retention.

 Online Only  H E A L T H   T E C H N O L O G Y
Informing the management of patients at risk of thromboembolic events

Submitted article

Point-of-care monitoring devices can be effective in the management of patients on long-term oral anticoagulation therapy, the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH).

 Online Only  p r i v a c y
Update on two provincial EHR projects

Submitted Article

The Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information (NLCHI) was established to provide quality information to health professionals, the public, and health system decision-makers.

 Online Only  H E A L T H   P R O M O T I O N
VON offers palliative care volunteer program

By VON Staff

Are you aware of patients, families or caregivers coping with a life-threatening illness? If yes, the VON can help.

 Online Only   H E A L T H   A D M I N I S T R A T I O N
Expiry of MCP Cards Extended

Submitted article

Due to the high volume of applications submitted with incomplete information or information inconsistent with the (MCP) database, government has extended the date for MCP re-registration to July 31, 2007.

 Online Only  H E A L T H   P R O M O T I O N
Information for physicians with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) patients

Submitted article

The number of LGBT  people in Newfoundland and Labrador who are ‘coming out of the closet’ is increasing. Discrimination, whether real or perceived, still keeps many from seeing  a doctor.

 Online Only  P R I V A C Y
Health Information Act anticipates electronic health records

Submitted Article

The Department of Health has recently circulated a draft Health Information Act for public consultation.

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Nexus DEFINED
A connected group or series; a bond, a connection.

Nexus is published quarterly for Newfoundland and Labrador's physicians. It is a forum for the exchange of views, ideas and information for members.