Lessons Learned

Drawbacks

  • Upfront initial costs,
  • Ongoing maintenance,
  • Disruption of learning a new system of electronic documentation and communication,
  • Potential risk to privacy issues.

Distinct advantages

  • Functionalities include computerized order data entry systems,
  • Health information exchange,
  • Population-level decision support systems,
  • Financial gains with reduced cost by eliminating duplication,
  • Improved ability to conduct cross-sectoral research,
  • Improved population health outcomes.