Infographic: Care Coordination Problems Common Across Countries

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
This post was written by Patricia Donovan

An international survey of primary care physicians in 10 countries finds progress in the use of electronic medical records (EMRs) — particularly in the United States, though the nation still lags behind several countries where EMR adoption is near-universal. American doctors report their patients continue to have problems paying for healthcare, with well over half saying patients often cannot afford care.

In each nation, physicians contend with communication and care coordination challenges. For example, in each country, only a minority of primary care doctors reported always receiving timely information from specialists to whom they have referred patients, while less than half said they always know about changes to their patients’ medications or care plans.

U.S. physicians were the most negative about their country’s health system, with only 15 percent saying the system needs only minor change.

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