Canada invests $500 million in electronic health record systems
Canada Health Infoway announced that the Government of Canada has invested $500 million in electronic health record (EHR) systems. Most of the new funds ($380 million) will be used to speed up the implementation of electronic medical record (EMR) systems, to enable physicians and nurse practitioners to securely access patient information including diagnostic images, blood test results, drug histories and clinical reports. Some of the funding will also be used to support consumer health, diagnostic imaging and telehealth solutions. See the news release “Canada Invests $500 Million in Electronic Health Record (EHR) Systems with a Focus on Physicians and Nurse Practitioners across Canada,” September 17, 2010, at www.infoway-inforoute.ca.