On January 28, 2009, Canada Health Infoway announced $500 Million in funding to support electronic health record systems as part of the 2009 Federal budget.
It has been a long time coming, but finally an announcement has been made regarding the promised funding, although no clear detail is yet available.
September 27, 2010 (Toronto, ON) - Canadian physicians and nurse practitioners will benefit from a $500 million investment made by the Government of Canada in Budget 2010, announced Richard Alvarez, President and CEO of Canada Health Infoway (Infoway).
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. "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.
As further detail is announced, we will publish analysis of the intended funding program(s) and feedback will be welcomed from visitors to CanadianEMR.