The government of British Columbia has set in motion a province-wide $148-million health-care initiative that aims to reduce wait times for medical procedures, cut costs by reducing unnecessary re-tests, and provide medical practitioners with faster access to patient information
Canadian doctors should be enticed to adopt electronic health record systems through a combination of subsidies and results-based incentives similar to those employed in New Zealand, suggests a group of Kiwi experts on tour in Canada. EHR systems will be widely used only when physicians realize the benefits the technology offers.
The Australian federal government is only weeks away from formalizing data standards for the country's national electronic health record system. Putting in place an immediate working model for HealthConnect is critical to meet Health Minister Tony Abbott's ambitious, 12-month time frame.