August 2007

e-Health: Tangible Lessons from Canada

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In response to strong public concern about wait times, Canada's First Ministers committed to providing evidence-based wait time benchmarks for cancer, cardiac care, diagnostic imaging, joint replacement and sight restoration (cataract surgery).  Moving forward, public attention on these benchmarks will be heightened each year as they look to see how the health system in their respective province/territory is progressing.

Information is the lifeblood of Canada's healthcare system. Yet each year, most of the patient data generated from approximately  one  billion healthcare encounters in Canada is captured predominantly on paper. Over 100 million physician exams, half a billion lab and radiology tests, and 382 million prescriptions

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