“Transformation is an ongoing process that tends to appear ordinary, when, in fact, something extraordinary is taking place.” Dr. Suzy Ross There’s considerable focus in the healthcare IT industry on digital transformation. While it may seem like a buzz word, it represents a significant shift in thinking about how an organization uses the intersection of … Continue reading Digital Transformation in the Age of FHIR
Imagine waking up one morning, opening your newspaper and being greeted by the news that your organization is implicated in a major privacy breach. This was my reality on December 10, 2002 when I was the Chief Privacy and Security Officer for the Ontario Smart Systems for Health Agency (predecessor to what is now Ehealth … Continue reading Surviving a Privacy Breach
Many Canadians have low health literacy and may not understand the link between health information and how it informs their care choices: more than 60% of Canadians and 88% of seniors are estimated to have less than adequate health literacy skills (for example, not understanding the link between smoking and certain cancers). Canadians also lack … Continue reading Improving Health Literacy Using Technology: Can More Access and Information Improve Our Health?
As the digital landscape evolves, and the commoditization of personal information increases, expectations as to what constitutes appropriate consent for the collection, use and disclosure of personal information in Canada are also evolving and becoming more onerous. With the announcement of Canada’s Digital Charter, the federal government has moved to bolster the privacy rights of … Continue reading Meaningful Consent: An Evolving Standard under Canadian Privacy Law
Healthcare is changing to meet current and future demand. How can we weather change successfully? What does a healthy transition look like? Take a few moments to reflect on change. What words come to mind when you think about changes in your personal life? If it’s a change you’re choosing for yourself, you may be … Continue reading Healthy Transitions – Change in the Face of Health Technology