According to Canada Health Infoway ... every year, Canadians visit doctors' offices 322 million times. Around 94 per cent of those visits result in handwritten paper records [that's about 303 million].
Canada lags behind most of the developed world in adopting electronic health records. In the Netherlands, 98 per cent of health records are electronic. New Zealand's not far behind at 92 per cent. The U.K. boasts an 89 per cent digital rate while Australia comes in at 79 per cent. Only the United States fares worse than Canada - among developed countries - although President Barack Obama has signaled that he wants the system to get serious about digitizing health records now.
Source:The State of Electronic Health Records across
Date: June 30, 2009
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