07 April 2020
Myth: Canadians aren’t comfortable with their health information being shared electronically between doctors and other health care professionals that care for them.
Fact: A 2017 study indicated 85% of Canadians agree that doctors and other health care professionals require timely and easy access to patients' health information so they can provide high quality care.
Sharing health information electronically through digital health allows for more timely access to information, which enables Canadians to receive better quality care, more efficiently. Electronic health records (EHRs) allow doctors to see patients’ complete health information, saving time and reducing the need to order duplicate tests. In fact, 77% of Canadians reported they are comfortable with their health information being shared through EHR systems with providers on their care team.
Source: 'What Canadians Think’: Canadians’ Perspectives on Privacy of Personal Health Information in the Context of Digital Health — Final Report, March 2017.
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