Canada’s health system is a source of pride for most Canadians. We see health care in Canada as a reflection of who we are as a country, embodying our aspirations of innovation, fairness, caring, efficiency, equality and standards of living.
According to a study published by the Fraser Institute in 2019 (using data from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development), Canada ranks second in health care spending as a percentage of GDP in the group of countries with universal health care — just behind Switzerland and just ahead of France. So, in theory, we should expect to be pretty close to the top in terms of health system performance. But we are not.
Clearly, we can do better.
One way to improve our performance is through accelerating the adoption and use of innovative technologies. Technological innovation is widespread in Canada — we have a world class innovation ecosystem. Canada is investing in developing and retaining talent in many fields including artificial intelligence and quantum computing, and the health care sector can take advantage of this. We need to examine how technology can address some of our problems, and we need to implement and adopt solutions with greater speed, efficiency and effectiveness. Our health system needs to be prepared to identify and adopt technologies as they are developed and enter the market.
AI Toolkit for Implementers
Health care organizations have unique requirements when it comes to AI. This toolkit provides an overview of the issues related to the implementation and uses of AI solutions in health care and provides strategic and operational guidance for designing responsible AI projects and AI governance programs.