We read with great concern the recent commentary on IHealth (“Paper health records just can’t cut it,” March 10). Many of Dr. Larry Dallen’s assumptions are completely wrong, and show a lack of understanding of what has been happening at our hospital.
Contrary to his accusation, the doctors at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital strongly support a move from paper-based orders and records to electronic health records. We are committed to the objectives of EHR, to have one record per patient and to eliminate the safety concerns of the paper-based world. We have always been clear on this point, and indeed, it was this enthusiasm in part that led to Nanaimo being chosen as the first IHealth site on the Island.