This article follows on from part 1 on the history of medical computing in Alberta and Denmark (Protti et al. 2007). It provides background to the driving forces for automation in primary care physician offices in Denmark and Alberta. It also summarizes the functionality of electronic medical records (EMRs) in both jurisdictions and compares the status of primary care physician office computing in Alberta to that of Denmark. The scoring system used is based on data gathered from publicly available sources on the Internet, databases held by the respective jurisdictional programs (MedCom and Physician Office System Program [POSP]) and interviews with individuals involved in the deployment of systems. The article offers a novel method of scoring the adoption of computerized advances in the office setting that may be applicable to other health jurisdictions, at country, state or provincial levels.
Protti D, Edworthy S, Johansen I. Adoption of Information Technology in Primary Care Physician Offices in Alberta and Denmark, Part 2: A Novel Comparison Methodology. ElectronicHealthcare [Internet]. 2007 May 15;6(1). Available from: http://www.longwoods.com/product/18936