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Health IT Adoption in New Zealand: Lessons for the U.S.

New Zealand stands out among developed nations in its use of health information technology: all of the country's general practitioners use electronic medical records; physicians are increasingly using the Web to communicate with patients; and primary care providers, hospitals, laboratories, radiologists, and most specialists are connected through standard electronic messaging systems. This issue brief describes New Zealand's primary health care system, discusses its successes and challenges in adopting and promoting health IT, and draws lessons for the United States.

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