All posts by David Wattling

Vice-President & General Manager, Enterprise Solutions, TELUS Health.

A Health Platform for all Canadians: National Agenda, Local Enablement

We are all well familiar with the impact of Canada’s fragmented healthcare systems on maintaining parity of services and access to care across provincial jurisdictions. The variances in funding, in governance and coordination of care (or lack thereof), in procurement practices, and among healthcare priorities create an environment that makes innovation a challenge and scaling … Continue reading A Health Platform for all Canadians: National Agenda, Local Enablement

Big Data, Big Expectations…and perhaps a little skepticism

Well in true healthcare form, we have discovered another silver bullet. Another magical cure for our health system woes. Now it is called Big Data. This silver bullet was recently called the consumerism of health. Closely preceded by Health 3.0 (I missed 2.0). And of course before that, the electronic health record. Last I looked … Continue reading Big Data, Big Expectations…and perhaps a little skepticism

Moving from Costs to Opportunities – Healthcare as an Economic Growth Engine

Canada’s healthcare system employs about two million people, and its $228-billion budget accounts for roughly 11% of GDP. When I look at big numbers like these, I see big opportunities. So why are so many of us stuck in a negative feedback loop when it comes to discussing the future of healthcare? Why do we … Continue reading Moving from Costs to Opportunities – Healthcare as an Economic Growth Engine

Focus 2017: Top 3 Opportunities for Canadian Healthcare

My last article focused on strengthening Canada’s innovation backbone and finding ways to embed innovations into the healthcare ecosystem. It also noted that innovation abounds within Canada’s health system and I see evidence of that every day. I would also note that healthcare organizations that embrace innovation do not necessarily see scaling that innovation as … Continue reading Focus 2017: Top 3 Opportunities for Canadian Healthcare

Strengthening our health innovation backbone

The prospect of a new Federal Health Accord is fuelling debate about healthcare funding and priorities. Without question, revitalizing Canada’s healthcare system requires fresh thinking. Amidst the ongoing debates and negotiations, should there not also be a focus on good old fashioned Canadian innovation and entrepreneurial spirit? I believe there should be. In Canada, when … Continue reading Strengthening our health innovation backbone

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