Canadian physician survey


A 2018 study in Canada found that access to digital health services is transforming physicians’ approach to patient care. Also, physicians who use a broader suite of functions in their EMRs report they are more efficient.

Screenshot from report.
Screenshot from report.

The physician survey focused on the use of digital health technologies in practice by primary care (general practitioners) and specialist physicians, surveying approximately 1400 physicians.

Important findings:

  • 92 % of primary care physicians who use a broader suite of functions in their EMR report they are more efficient.
  • 82 % of primary care physicians and 77 % of specialists say they provide more efficient care with electronic records.
  • 24 % of primary care physicians and 40 % of specialists practices/clinics are accessible to patients via email communication.
  • Physicians using multiple EMR functionalities to support patient care report the highest satisfaction with these systems.
  • 84 % of primary care physicians and 89 % of specialists report that they have access to connected health information from care settings outside their main practice.
  • 38 % of primary care physicians and 47 % of specialist physicians offer patients at least one virtual care or e-service.