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$500 million to be invested in electronic health record systems

Canadian physicians and nurse practitioners will benefit from a $500 million investment made by the federal go...


September 29, 2010  


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Canadian physicians and nurse practitioners will benefit from a $500 million investment made by the federal government in Budget 2010, says Richard Alvarez, president and CEO of Canada Health Infoway, an organization that is overseeing implementation of electronic medical record (EMR) systems across the country.

 

Of the total amount allocated to Infoway, $380 million of the new money will be directed to speed up the implementation of electronic medical record systems.

 

EMR systems are the gateway that will enable physicians and nurse practitioners to securely access vital patient information including diagnostic images, blood test results, drug histories and clinical reports, Infoway says.

 

“A number of provinces and territories are making solid progress developing systems to electronically store the patient information that is far too often unavailable when health providers need it,” said Alvarez.  “The time has come to shift our attention to the front-lines, where the lion’s share of care is delivered, so more physicians and nurse practitioners can access and retrieve the information stored in these systems.”