Nothing could be further from the truth, but perhaps it is easy to get that impression from popular media coverage, especially in some jurisdictions.
In my own Canadian province of Ontario, electronic health record implementation is the mandate of eHealth Ontario. More broadly, the Federal Canada Health Infoway aims to coordinate the activities of each province.
Electronic health records are inevitable, but the general public can be forgiven for thinking that their implementation should be relatively easy.
“How hard can it be for my doctor to start using a computer instead of paper?”
First, Canadian physicians are increasingly adopting electronic health records (EHR):
There is a larger, developing base of users for the initial applications of EHR for drug information, diagnostic imaging and laboratory information among all healthcare workers: