Thursday, January 15, 2009

Global Perspective: Electronic Health Records (EHR)

HIMSS Global Enterprise Task Force (GEFT) investigates implementation of EHR’s in 15 countries around the world.

Recognizing common threads that affect all Electronic Health Records (EHR) implementations in 15 countries, the Global Enterprise Task Force of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has released “Electronic Health Records: A Global Perspective.

The extensive study reviewed healthcare IT progress in Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North America. A 16-member task force looked at various EHR components within each country, including, security, quality, financing sources and barriers to adoption. The 119-page report presents findings on EHR implementation by country. Each chapter features an overview of the country’s electronic health record status followed by a review of achievements, barriers and recommendations in the different areas.


The HIMSS Global Enterprise Task Force (GEFT), formed in 2006 under the HIMSS Enterprise Information Steering Committee, includes industry leaders from around the world who provide expert analysis from a local perspective. The work group plans to update and expand the report in future editions and calls on interested health IT experts throughout the world to contribute. Contact the HIMSS Europe office at for more information on participation.

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