Saskatchewan Medical Association

Saskatchewan Medical Association

November 03, 2011 09:30 ET

SMA Representative Assembly to Meet in Saskatoon, November 4-5

Docs to discuss patient privacy and primary health care reform

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Nov. 3, 2011) - The Representative Assembly of the Saskatchewan Medical Association will meet November 4-5 in Saskatoon at the Sheraton Cavalier. Patient privacy and the proper storage of medical records will dominate much of the discussion on Friday, followed by primary health care reform on Saturday.

"Patient privacy and the proper storage of patient medical records are of paramount importance to both patients and physicians," says Dr. Phillip Fourie, president of the SMA. "We want to equip physicians with the knowledge and resources to ensure patients and their families trust that their medical records are safe and secure in Saskatchewan. Physicians are more than willing to work collaboratively with all the parties involved to create the best made in Saskatchewan process for safe and secure storage."

Collaborative relationships and the need for them among all health care providers will be fundamental to discussions on Saturday as well when physicians tackle the issue of primary health care reform.

"With primary health care redesign there is an endless slate of opportunities to try new things in team-based patient care, and measure the results. For only then can we focus on providing the best patient care in each circumstance," Dr. Fourie says. "In all arrangements with other health care providers however, every patient must be connected to a physician or physician group. This is essential for patient- and family-first care."

Highlights on the agenda include presentations from representatives of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan and from the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner on record storage and privacy. Firsthand accounts from physicians regarding primary health care in Saskatchewan - what is working, and where there are opportunities for improvement - will also be discussed.

The Representative Assembly consists of approximately 80 physicians elected from specialty sections and health regions across the province. They meet to consider health issues of interest to the medical profession and to set policy for the association.

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