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“One of the benefits of increased uptake of electronic medical records often cited is the ability for government to “mine” massive amounts of health care data..”

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One of the benefits of increased uptake of electronic medical records often cited is the ability for government to “mine” massive amounts of health care data.    By analyzing raw data about disease prevalence, testing, treatments, and resource utilization, the hope is that increased efficiencies may be found within the system, allowing us to cut costs and decrease the overall health care costs in this province.

The New Brunswick Medical Society has published a predicted savings of $6,000,000 (presumably per year) through wider adoption of EMR systems.   How and where this savings will be realized is not clear.  Assuming that the quoted figure is based on proper research and statistical analysis – and not just pulled out of a hat – it’s no wonder people are starting to take notice of EMRs.

The generally held belief is that in order for data to be “mined” effectively, clinical diagnoses need…

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