Monday, May 28, 2007

Doctors too slow to embrace electronic health records

I'm glad to see this issue getting attention. I think it's embarrassing that Canada is so far behind when it comes to using electronic record keeping when it comes to medical records.

From CBC News:
Patients would be better cared for if Canadian hospitals and doctors' offices would stop relying on paper charts and begin using electronic health records, health policy experts say.

Computers can improve patient care, for example, by helping to prevent drug interactions, said Charlyn Black, head of the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research at the University of British Columbia.

It can "make sure patients are receiving refills, that they don't forget to take medications, that they get reminders for important preventive care," said Black. ...more

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