In many ways, Canada, the world’s second biggest country by area, is a global leader in the effective use of technology in its public health system. Almost all X-rays, MRIs, CTs and other imaging tests in its hospitals are now filmless, which equates to adding the equivalent of up to 500 radiologists and 11 million more exams annually. Drug information systems are now being used in about half of Canada’s emergency rooms and one-third of community pharmacies, thanks to telehealth patients saved 47 million kilometres of travel in 2010 alone and access, productivity and quality benefits are valued at $CAN6.2bn (€4.5bn) since 2008.
... "Each Province has a lot of autonomy in deciding how to approach health IT reform and development,” confirms Professor Samer Faraj of the Desautels Faculty of Management in Montreal.
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