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How to Be More Like Denmark

Article-How to Be More Like Denmark

The New York Times has a story on Denmark's digital sophistication in terms of medical treatment. The country began adopting electronic health records and other technology a decade ago. Today, most primary care physicians and nearly half of the hospitals use electronic records.

The government also encourages telemedicine projects. Several studies say that the Danish information system is the most efficient in the world, saving doctors an average of 50 minutes a day in administrative work. A 2008 report (pdf) 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. U.S. policy makers are studying Denmark's system to see whether its methods can be adopted as part of the reformed health system.

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