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Canadian Nurses are Prepared to be Leaders in Digital Health

Posted on August 8, 2014 by Maureen Charlebois

In May 2014, Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) in partnership with the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) released the results of the first ever quantitative survey which measured nurses in direct practice access, use and perception of using digital health tools in their practice.

The findings of The National Survey of Canadian Nurses: Use of Digital Health Technologies in Practice showed that nurses are ready, willing and able to take a leadership role in advancing digital health and 80% are comfortable with digital tools.

While nurses recognize that digital health tools present a range of benefits for both themselves and their patients, there are a number of factors impacting the full realization of digital health in nursing practice. Nurses require access to evidence-based information at the point of care to provide the best care possible.

Infoway is very focused on working collaboratively with nurses and other clinical leaders to help accelerate the development, adoption and effective use of digital health across Canada. One way we are working towards this goal is through our partnership with the CNA and our Clinical Engagement Strategy that brings together clinicians in leadership, practice, and education to ensure clinical value is achieved in digital health.

For more information about the survey’s findings, download our backgrounder.

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mcharlebois 100Maureen Charlebois

Ms. Charlebois is a patient focused leader and is passionate about improving health care services across the continuum of care. As a nurse and certified health executive, she uses her experience to help promote patient safety, clinical engagement and the effective use of technology in practice.

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