Canadians are heavy users of the healthcare system. Every year, there are 322 million office-based visits to the doctor. The vast majority of them - 94 percent - result in handwritten paper records.
According to Canada Health Infoway, in the absence of a comprehensive electronic health record system, for every 1,000:
- Hospital admissions: 75 people will suffer an adverse drug
- Laboratory tests performed: up to 150 will be unnecessary.
- Emergency room visits: 320 patients will have an information gap, resulting in an average increased stay of 1.2 hours.
Source:Electronic Health Records: Potholes on the Road to
Date: May 27, 2009
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