The report finds that, overall, efforts at reform are not keeping pace with the changing healthcare needs of Canadians. There is variability of access to services across the country.
The report specifically highlights primary care and electronic health records:
- Canadians have not received 24/7 access to primary healthcare services.
- The Health Council’s analysis of the 2012 Commonwealth Fund Survey showed that the percentage of practices providing after-hours care remained below 50% for all provinces except Ontario.
- Although progress has been made overall in implementing EHRs and EMRs, physicians are slow to implement.
- In the 2012 survey, 57% of Canadian physicians reported using an EMR, but use varied across the country; this was an increase from 2006 where only 23% of physicians were using EMR.
- As of March 2012, EHRs with the six core components (registries, diagnostic imaging, drug information systems, lab test results, clinical reports, and immunizations) were in place for 52% of the Canadian population.
Clearly, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to improve the adoption and use of EMRs and EHRs.
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