The increased use of electronic health record systems helped reduce costs in Canada's health care system by about 1.3 billion Canadian dollars -- or about $1.27 billion -- over six years, according to a new study by PricewaterhouseCoopers, EHR Intelligence reports (Bresnick, EHR Intelligence, 4/22).
The study was commissioned by Canada Health Infoway, a government-funded organization charged with monitoring and improving the use of IT in Canada's health care system.
For the study, researchers examined EHR adoption among family physicians between 2006 and 2012. They reviewed recent research, national surveys, cost data and interviews.
The study found that that between 2006 and 2012, EHR adoption helped Canada's health care system save an estimated:
The study also found that in 2012 alone, Canada's health system saved an estimated:
According to the study, EHR adoption in Canada also contributed to:
When asked about the benefits of EHR adoption:
Canadian officials said the country aims to continue achieving savings through EHR adoption.
Richard Alvarez -- president and CEO of Canada Health Infoway -- said, "We expect significant additional gains as adoption grows, use matures and connections to other care settings expand" (CBC News, 4/22).