Our Ideal Future Starts Today: World Health Day 2021

  • Collaboration
  • Research & Benefits Evaluation

Each year, April 7 marks World Health Day. With the past year marked by the global struggle against COVID-19, the occasion has never been more significant. The pandemic’s impact has been devastating and swift; not one person or nation has escaped its effects. In particular, health systems have struggled to meet demand for services while keeping patients and providers safe.

Promising Increase in the Use of Virtual Care Technologies by Canadian Nurses

  • Nurses
  • Virtual Care

Nurses comprise the largest proportion of Canada’s health care providers. The most recent data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)’s Nursing in Canada, 2019 survey reveals that the regulated nursing workforce grew by 1.9 per cent from 2018: faster than the general Canadian population growth. This increase is welcome news, since nurses play a prominent role in patient care. A larger nursing workforce will support better access to health care for Canadians, especially during this unprecedented health crisis.

Environmentally Sustainable Health Care

  • Virtual Care
  • Research & Benefits Evaluation

What happens when a pandemic meets a heat wave? It’s a question that many jurisdictions are asking themselves this summer, weighing the need for emergency cooling centres against the continued need for physical distancing. This intersection between COVID-19 and climate change shows in microcosm the interconnections between health systems and natural systems.

Patient Access to their Health Information is Growing — but there is Still Work to be Done

  • Access to Information
  • Patients, Families & Caregivers

In 2014 Infoway published “Understanding the Gap Between Desire for and Use of Consumer Health Solutions.” This analysis revealed that while eight in 10 Canadians wanted access to their personal health information, only four per cent had accessed it electronically.[1]