The emerging benefits of electronic medical record use in community-based care

A PwC study, commissioned by Canada Health Infoway

With a two-fold increase in adoption since 2006, use of electronic medical records (EMR) in community-based practices in Canada has yielded efficiency and patient care benefits valued at $1.3 billion. The emerging benefits of electronic medical record use in community-based care, a PwC study commissioned by Canada Health Infoway (Infoway drew on more than 250 research publications from around the world and includes up-to-date Canadian results from recent studies and surveys. The study uncovers the benefits achieved over a six year period (2006-2012):

  • $800 million in administrative efficiencies as staff time is redeployed in community-based practices;
  • $584 million in health system level benefits, such as reduced duplicate tests and adverse drug events;
  • Improved interactions and communications among care team members and between providers and patients; and
  • Better quality of care and health outcomes through preventive care and chronic disease management with advanced EMR use.

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Canada Health Infoway: The emerging benefits of electronic medical record use in community-based care — Report (624 KB)
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Canada Health Infoway: The emerging benefits of electronic medical record use in community-based care — Executive summary (341 KB)
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