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IT Adoption and Performance Measurement

Results from The Commonwealth Fund 2015 International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians show that use of electronic medical records (EMRs) is increasing in Canada, but use of data to measure primary care performance is lagging.

Fewer family doctors in Canada use EMRs compared with the international average.

Table 1: Proportion of primary care doctors who use patient EMRs in their practices (not including billing systems)
United Kingdom98%
United States84%
International Average88%

The proportion of Canadian primary care doctors using EMRs increased from 37% to 73% between 2009 and 2015.

Family doctors in Canada are less than half as likely as those in other countries to review surveys on patient satisfaction and experience.

81% of physicians in primary care teams use electronic medical records, compared with 64% in other practices. Primary care teams are those supported by public funds. Examples include family health teams in Ontario, primary care networks in Alberta and groupes de médecine de famille in Quebec.