For the past two days, the French press is abubble with the unofficial leak by a weekly magazine "Le Point" of an official report, by the Inspector General's office or IGAS, concerning the DMP, the French electronic medical record. While numerous people had pointed out since the very beginning that the project was ill launched and insufficiently funded, this is the first official report recommending, in essence, that the project as it is be re-booted as it were, from scratch. So far, all the articles about this are in French. Why? What is the problem in France?
My French-language blog provides more detail. To sum it up, the reasons are quite similar to those in the U.S. 1) Patients are not generally pushing physicians to be computerized; if anything there are privacy concerns on the individual level. 2) physicians are busy and integrating emr's takes time and investment. 3) public hospitals in France (and they are the majority) are moving ahead on IT, but they have other priority problems to solve, such as staffing. Basically, while in theory EMR's are a plus, in fact, adopting EMR's slows down healthcare professionals, in the transition period, without bringing them direct benefits.