All posts by David Wattling

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

Why is Digital Essential for the Third Wave of Healthcare Delivery? [Spoiler Alert: Because it’s consumer-centric]

I recently spoke at HIMSS on the subject of digital as the critical enabler for the third wave of healthcare. First let me start by unpacking the key words… Digital. Sure digital is a disruptive force, as it has been for so many industries, but it is not the end. And may I remind the … Continue reading Why is Digital Essential for the Third Wave of Healthcare Delivery? [Spoiler Alert: Because it’s consumer-centric]

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

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

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