Independent IT healthcare consultancy Canada Health Infoway has thrown its weight behind the Health Council of Canada’s recommendations to speed up the development and use of linked electronic systems for patient records, prescriptions, and clinical decision-making.
Richard Alvarez, Infoway’s CEO, said, Significant progress has been made in implementing electronic health records across the country, but competing priorities in healthcare mean that this initiative may not get the attention it deserves. The Health Council of Canada (HCC) report will help to keep this issue top of mind.
Mr Alvarez went on to highlight some successes; including the continued development of diagnostic imaging networks in every province across the country. These allow healthcare providers to view a patient’s electronic X-Ray, MRI or CT scans, avoiding problems due to lost film and patient transfers.
He also noted the widespread adoption of electronic health records, and confirmed that Infoway was on track to meet its target of having electronic health records available for 50% of Canadians by the end of 2009. Though he said that almost $10 billion would be required for complete implementation of the system.