Canadian Physicians & Health Tech
Overall, the statistics show that among Canadian healthcare professions, there is a general appreciation for healthcare technology, but a slow adoption rate.
Electronic Medical Records
- Usage of electronic medical records in Canada followed a general growth trend from 2004 to 2018. In 2018, 84% of primary care physicians in Canada used electronic medical records, an increase from only 16% in 2004.
- While usage is increasing, doctors may be using mixed records. In 2014, the latest year for which data is available, 38% of doctors reported using a combination of paper and EMR to record patient data.
- In 2014, the latest year for which data is available, only 0.15% of all billable medical services reported were telehealth sessions, well below the rate of adoption of other countries. Additionally, 41% of Canadians would like to have telehealth visits with their doctors, but only 4% of Canadian physicians offer the service.
Electronic Health Access
- Canadian physicians do not meet consumer expectations in regard to electronic health access. Only 9% of physicians in Canada offer the ability to book appointments electronically, even though 71% of Canadians express interest in this option. While 63% of Canadians would like to email their physicians, only 24% of physicians can be emailed.
Connected Care Technology
- 94% of Canadian healthcare professionals "believe connected care technology is crucial for improving treatment of medical issues." 87% also believe connected care is important for diagnosis and 82% believe connected care is important for home care. Yet even as many professionals believe connected care is important, only 46% of Canadian healthcare professionals report being knowledgeable in connected care technologies.
- In 2014, the latest year for which data is available, 17% of Canadian physicians reported recommending mobile apps focused on healthcare to their patients.
- Of those that recommended apps, 70% recommended apps for patient-management of a health condition, 60% apps for health monitoring, and 42% apps for health information.
- When Canadian physicians were asked whether they would participate in virtual healthcare if a national license system were enacted (currently, physicians can only practice in the territory they are licensed in), 29.8% indicated that they were highly unlikely to participate, while only 15.7% indicated they were highly likely. 23% indicated they were somewhat likely.
Electronic Tool Usage
- The most common electronic tools used by Canadian physicians in 2019 were electronic access to lab tests (use by 86.5% of physicians), access to an electronic list of patient medications (72.2%), and ordering lab and diagnostic tests (62.5%).
- The least common electronic tools used by Canadian physicians in 2019 were Artifical Intelligence (1.3%), an interface to non-doctor healthcare professionals (14.7%) and an interface to pharmacy/pharmacist (18.1%).
Much of the data found was from 2014 due to the fact that this is the last date when an overall survey of healthcare professionals in Canada was completed.