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Bring an EHR to Every Canadian by 2016

Posted Dec 18 2008 7:51pm
Infoway Canada (a collaborative of provincial Health Ministers and Federal funding) announced greater funding for electronic health records and the goal of an electronic health record for every Canadian by 2016.

I'm conflicted by the report. On the one hand, electronic records can help patient care. The infrastucture is needed (just the other night a radiologist 400km away read an emergency CT for me) and I'm a believer in EHR. I don't believe they will revolutionize health care though. On the other hand, it looks like we have a greater chance of having and electronic health record for every Canadian before we have a doctor for every Canadian. Are we putting the cart before the horse?
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