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Health Affairs Study - Only Canada Ranks lower than US in Adoption of EMR by Primary Care Physicians

Posted Oct 30 2008 3:21pm

Is this a wake up call for Canada? We pride ourselves on our dedication towards the development of a Pan-Canadian interoperable Electronic Health Record. However according to a study published online by the Journal of Health Affairs, Canada lags even the US in terms of adoption of electronic health/medical records by primary care physicians.

Despite programs in place in Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia and soon to be available in British Columbia, are we moving fast enough or doing enough to support adoption of EMR? Does this place all of the other eHealth initiatives at risk if physicians cannot connect to the bigger system?

Advocates say greater use of electronic records would improve patient care, reduce errors, curb unnecessary tests and cut paperwork. About 28 percent of U.S. primary care doctors said they use such records, compared with 98 percent in the Netherlands, 92 percent in New Zealand, 89 percent in the United Kingdom, 79 percent in Australia and 42 percent in Germany. Only Canada ranked lower, at 23 percent. Link: U.S. Lags in Several Areas of Health Care, Study Finds - washingtonpost.com.

Click on this link to download the PowerPoint presentation of the Commonwealth Fund Study: Link: Primary Care Doctors' Experiences in Seven Countries.

November 27, 2006 - This is an article that appeared in the Globe and Mail: Link: globeandmail.com: When it comes to electronic health-care records, we're so last century.

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