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What is the Québec Health Record ?

Advantages for all

For you and those close to you

With the QHR, your doctor and the health professionals who are responsible for your health care can assure you, and those close to you, better care and more efficient aftercare.

Because they will have direct access to a great deal of important information (medications, lab results, X-ray results, etc.), doctors and health professionals will be able to intervene more rapidly for you and those close to you, especially in emergency situations.

You would also possibly have less examinations to start over if you must consult several professionals.

By consulting the QHR, your doctor and your pharmacist could see on their screen all the medications that are prescribed to you, regardless of who prescribed them to you, and this, no matter which pharmacy you got your prescriptions from. Therefore, they could adjust your medication in order to avoid unwanted reactions to the medication.

Wherever they are in Quebec, the people who are authorized would have access to information collected by the QHR. This will be very useful if you must consult many doctors who are in different health care facilities or who are in regions other than your own.

For the health professionals

Because it will give access to a lot of important information almost instantly, the QHR will help to establish a diagnosis and orient treatment.

The information which the QHR has access to will permit authorized professionals to know the medication profile of their patients as well as the evolution of the results from analyses and exams that have been taken over time.

Finally, the QHR will make the work of doctors and health professionals easier by reducing time devoted to the requests for and the searching of files. Thus, they would have more time for their patients.

Example of a situation:

Mr. Tremblay, who is 70 years old and has complex diabetes which is treated with insulin, is being monitored for this condition. As he has not been feeling well for the past few days, he fears his diabetes is to blame. Unfortunately, he can see neither his doctor, who is on vacation, nor the nurse who usually sees him, as she has taken some vacation time. He goes to his clinic anyway where he is seen by a replacing doctor who has Mr. Tremblay take a blood glucose test. In consulting the QHR, the replacing doctor can compare the results of this test with the blood glucose curve of his patient. He can therefore adjust Mr. Tremblay's medication until the return of his family doctor, who would continue to regularly follow his patient.

Example of a situation:

Ms. Gagné, 45 years old, suffers from kidney disease. During her vacation in the Gaspésie area, she goes to a walk-in clinic for what seems to her to be a urinary infection. The doctor that she sees confirms this diagnosis. Before prescribing an antibiotic to her, he consults the QHR in order to choose the one best-suited to her condition. In a few minutes, he knows Ms. Gagné’s medications and the results of her previous examinations. Thus, he is in a position to prescribe the most effective antibiotic and one which will not have any unwelcome effects.

Example of a situation:

Chloé, 18 years old, has just moved to Montreal for her studies. Last year, she badly fractured her leg during a day of skiing. She was operated on that same day in Quebec where she was living. She was back in shape several weeks later. Chloé is worried however, as she has been feeling intense pain in her leg for several days. So, she decides to go to the university clinic where she speaks to a doctor about her pain and her accident. The doctor consults the QHR which permits him to see, in a few seconds, the X-rays taken at the hospital the previous year. Thanks to these images, the doctor can refine his diagnosis and suggest appropriate treatment to Chloé.