US lags behind most developed countries in use of electronic medical records but is set to change

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 01 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6198
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

The United States and Canada lag behind most other developed countries in their use of electronic medical records, a 2009 cross national survey of more than 10 000 primary care doctors has found.

The survey results were presented on 29 October at a briefing for congressional staff in Washington, DC, by the charity the Commonwealth Fund.

Primary care doctors’ access to electronic medical records was “near universal” in the Netherlands (99%), New Zealand (97%), Norway (97%), the United Kingdom (96%), Australia (95%), and Sweden (94%), said Robin Osborn, director of international programmes in health policy and practice at the Commonwealth Fund. Germany (72%) and France (68%) were further down the list, while the US (46%) and Canada (37%) …

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