Thursday, April 26, 2007

Denmark, U.S. military on parallel paths to e-health

Denmark, U.S. military on parallel paths to e-health : "Denmark, which spends about half of what the United States does on health as a share of gross domestic product, is ahead of America in instituting e-health records, or EHRs, with more than 90 percent of general practitioners using computerized records. Now Denmark is developing the content and structure for an international EHR standard.

Danish doctors began relying on EHRs years ago, without government incentives. Some in the audience asked Kverneland how that happened, noting that U.S. doctors are struggling to adopt EHR systems, even with government support.

Kverneland answered, 'They gained money by using electronic health records.' Time savings translated into dollar savings, he said."

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