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A study commissioned by Canada Health Infoway provides a comparative analysis of automation in general practice in 10 countries. The most common clinical application is the automation of medication prescriptions--even if it is not a mandatory requirement as it is in Norway. It is the clinical application that provides one of the biggest benefits to general(More)
Denmark is one of the world's leading countries in the use of health care technology. Virtually all primary care physicians have electronic medical records with full clinical functionality. Their systems are also connected to a national network, which allows them to electronically send and receive clinical data to and from consultant specialists, hospitals,(More)
The author was invited to assist in the development of an evaluation methodology for the Strategy. One of the conundrums of measuring the information management & technology (IM&T) function is that infrastructure investments cannot be cost justified on a return on investment basis. The balanced scorecard (BSC) is a means to evaluate corporate performance(More)
BACKGROUND It is generally acknowledged that Denmark is one, if not the, leading country in terms of the use of information technology by its primary care physicians. Other countries, notably excluding the United States and Canada, are also advanced in terms of electronic medical records in general practitioner offices and clinics. PURPOSE This paper(More)
The introduction and operation of an effective information system can be difficult. To meet this challenge health care organizations are beginning to add information specialists to their staff. This article describes the role of the newest member of the senior management team--the chief information officer. It details the background credentials of a good(More)
Although the title "chief information officer" (CIO) has enjoyed some success in the private sector, it is not yet a common term in Canadian health care. However, with the explosion of information technology, the particular responsibilities of the person overseeing hospital information are significantly different from those using the title "chief financial(More)
BACKGROUND Recent evidence indicates increased access to and use of Internet and non-healthcare-related email by older patients. Because email adoption could potentially reduce some of the disparities faced by this age group, there is a need to understand factors determining older patients' enthusiasm to use email to communicate with their physicians.(More)