, January 12, 2010

Denmark began embracing electronic health records and other healthcare information technology a decade ago. Today, virtually all primary care physicians and nearly half of the hospitals use electronic records, and officials are trying to encourage more "telemedicine" projects, the New York Times reports. Several studies conclude that the Danish information system is the most efficient in the world, saving doctors an average of 50 minutes a day in administrative work. And a 2008 report from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society estimated that electronic record keeping saved Denmark's health system as much as $120 million a year, reports the Times.

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