Driving Access to Care: Canada Health Infoway’s Goals for 2018-2019

Canadians are proud of our universal health care system, but despite the money we spend on it, research shows that our country ranks at or near the bottom in international comparisons of timely, equitable access to appropriate care. A study of 11 countries published by The Commonwealth Fund in July 20171 found that only 57 … Continue reading Driving Access to Care: Canada Health Infoway’s Goals for 2018-2019

The power of collaboration in the Canadian digital health space

Showcasing the importance of connections was one of the driving forces behind the recent rebrand of COACH: Canada’s Health Informatics Association to Digital Health Canada. As the pace of change accelerates and our industry grows and diversifies in response, the borders between professions, organizations, technology, and geography are shifting. Connections — public and private, cross-sector, … Continue reading The power of collaboration in the Canadian digital health space

How to achieve successful care transitions from hospital to community

When a patient is discharged from a hospital setting, continuation of the high-quality care delivered in the hospital is a recognized challenge across many health delivery systems within Canadian provinces and internationally. The 30-day readmission rates, especially for patients with complex chronic disease, are a recognized measurement of the success of hospital community integration and … Continue reading How to achieve successful care transitions from hospital to community

Skills for success in a rapidly changing world

The upside to working in a world of constant innovation like the one we are currently experiencing is a complete absence of professional ennui: who has time for complacency when every day brings announcements of new ventures, mergers, breakthroughs, and ideas. The downside? The structured career paths previous generations could count on are disappearing, and … Continue reading Skills for success in a rapidly changing world

An effective national digital health platform needs more than infrastructure and apps

I spoke in my last article about the need for a national, open, non-proprietary platform upon which to advance Canada’s digital health agenda. In that article I highlighted our federal agencies that have national jurisdiction and how national standards can be adopted provincially. This was illustrated by Canada’s first “app“ – ePrescribing. In this article … Continue reading An effective national digital health platform needs more than infrastructure and apps

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