For all the differences between the healthcare systems in Canada and the U.S., one common theme on both sides of the border is physicians want easy, instant electronic access to their patient information.
We see hospitals in both countries working diligently toward that goal. Even without a “Meaningful Use” incentive program, Canadian hospitals are investing to make electronic medical records more usable for physicians. That message came through loud and clear at the e-Health conference in Ottawa this week.
Why would Canadian hospitals do that without a direct financial incentive? Because driving physician adoption of healthcare IT is a “best practice” for improving patient safety, quality of care and physician satisfaction. And those are benefits that know no borders.