Summer 2004

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Hospital ship inspires new name for EMR project
Nell, the new name and visual identity for the NLMA’s electronic medical record project, is inspired by a piece of Newfoundland and Labrador medical history.

      Nell, the new name and visual identity for the NLMA’s electronic medical record project, is inspired by a piece of Newfoundland and Labrador medical history.
      The Bonnie Nell was a hospital ship that served the people who lived along Newfoundland’s rugged east coast in the 1940s and ’50s. The Nell, as the ship was known locally, was state-of-the-art for her time and carried on board x-ray equipment and housed the medical records for all those treated. Cries of “the Bonnie Nell is here” or “here comes the Nell” were often heard in the isolated communities along the coast as the ship, carrying with her doctors and nurses, arrived in port.
      “Our Nell is also state-of-the-art for our time,” said NLMA President Andrew Major. “We hope that the spirit of the Bonnie Nell will be captured in our project, as we move forward with this exciting, leading edge enterprise to provide the physicians of the province with the tools they need to provide the best care possible to our patients.”
      Nell: Charting a Lifetime of Care will be the focus of an awareness campaign in the coming months and years as the project is developed and implemented.
      “From now on, when you hear about the electronic medical record, you’ll be hearing about Nell,” said Dr. Major. “We believe the good work of the Bonnie Nell so many years ago, a service the people of the province trusted and relied upon, will live again in our efforts to implement an electronic medical record.”


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