The Continuous Foresight Process: Infoway Would Like Your Help to Look into the Future of Health Care

  • Collaboration
  • Innovation

It’s been an unprecedented time for health care, and innovation has helped support Canadians and the health system through COVID-19 and its challenges. Technology has played an important role in ensuring that Canadians can continue to access the care they need — and now, we need Canadian innovators to help us drive innovation forward across the country.

Upgrading Skills with the PrescribeIT Learning Centre

Our world is changing, and health care is no exception. The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a swift pivot towards digital health tools. Secure messaging, virtual videoconferencing, remote patient monitoring platforms and other digital health technologies are being integrated into health care journeys across the country. With Canadians increasingly using and expecting digital health tools in their daily lives, it no longer makes sense to rely on handwritten and faxed prescriptions.

Getting Ready for a Quantum Future

  • Quantum Computing

Quantum computing no longer belongs to the realm of science fiction. It’s advancing to more practical, demonstrated applications and concepts. And while it’s still developing, it has present-day implications for health care.

Consulting Canadians About the Future of Health Care

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve often found myself grateful for the tools and technologies that have helped us to keep living our lives while grappling with this unprecedented health crisis. While we’ve remained apart, technology has helped us stay connected to our friends, our families and our health system. The experience of this pandemic has concretely demonstrated benefits associated with virtual care and other digital health tools. Does this mean Canadians are ready to embrace these new digital health technologies and models of care for the long term?

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Technical Innovation is the Solution, if you Target the Right Problem

Canada’s health care 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, professionalism and standards of living.

Bringing Health Care into the Future

  • COVID-19
  • Digital Health

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, health care changed overnight. Old processes and business models were tossed out; our every assumption had to be questioned. While no one would ever wish for such an unprecedented public health emergency, there is no denying that COVID-19 has triggered years’ worth of innovation in health care within a few months, from accelerating the use of virtualized care, to new forms of point of care diagnostics. If there’s anything positive to be gained from this crisis, perhaps it’s having the opportunity — and obligation ­— to think collaboratively about bringing health care into the future.

Kids Help Phone Crisis Texting Service Help Young People Avoid Emergency Department Visits

In our previous post, we discussed the expansion of Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone and the demographics of its users. Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone is available across Canada. In just one year, there have been more than 140,000 texting conversations with young people across the country and more than 10 active rescues and lives saved every day.

Supporting Young People with Mental Health Needs Through Kids Help Phone Enables Better Self Management

Over the past few years, Infoway has been investing in the expansion of Kids Help Phone services to young people in Canada. Kids Help Phone is the only 24/7, national support service in Canada that offers professional counselling, information and referrals, and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French. A young person who needs mental health support can reach Kids Help Phone by phone, text, mobile app or through a website, whenever they want, however they want.

Innovative Digital Solutions for Mental Health Care

Canadians with mental health issues are struggling to navigate the health system and often don’t know where to begin, resulting in trips to hospital emergency departments or, sadly, doing nothing at all. There is also still a stigma associated with having a mental illness that makes it difficult for them to reach out for help.