Electronic health record (EHR) systems will only be widely used in Canada when doctors here realize the benefits the technology offers, say a group of New Zealand-based healthcare technology product vendors. “What’s needed is a compelling enough reason for doctors to shift from paper-based records to computer-based systems,” said Roger Brown, director of information technology at MedTech Ltd., one of the largest providers of EHR systems to primary healthcare professionals in New Zealand.

Brown, and other New Zealand-based IT vendors toured