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Charmi Shah

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 12:36

Thank you Dr. Callum for your informative insight and Jummy for the wonderful summary.

I enjoyed listening to Dr. Callum shed light on the evolution of transfusion medicine throughout the years. I appreciated her insight of moving transfusion medicine towards a holistic approach to minimize the amounts of blood required by optimizing patient conditions before transfusions. In hindsight, these changes seem like a clear direction to take in this field, but I know it is never that apparent or simple to facilitate for those involved. This is why I always appreciate hearing insight from individuals who have years of experience to help me build my understanding of not only why changes occurred in medical practice, but also how certain progress took place.

As Michaela mentioned, I found Alberta’s use of a single EMR system to be fascinating. Alberta’s electronic health records (EHRs) are built to be shared with other health care providers, as reported on their province health page: With this system, the family physicians can instantly send medical records to a patient’s heart specialist, their hospital, the lab, their pharmacy, and even their computer at home. The goal of EHRs is to improve the coordination of patient care by giving healthcare providers accurate, up-to-date information.

If other provinces in Canada could adopt a similar system, it would streamline patient data sharing and improve coordination between healthcare providers so they could improve patient outcomes more productively.

I look forward to hearing about how Dr. Callum benefits the KHSC in improving their Transfusion Medicine program.

Charmi Shah

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