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Who has Access to What? Adolescent Access to Personal Health Information

Posted on August 29, 2016 by Joan Roch

A lot of organizations are interested in giving people more access to their health information. They are building portals and apps so people can have that access.

But a question that always arises is: “Should people under the age of majority be able to access portals in the same way as someone over the age of majority?” Currently, the age of majority is 18 years of age in some provinces/territories and 19 in others. This is the age at which an individual attains full rights and responsibilities in society, such as the right to vote and to consume alcohol.

Nova Scotia Online Patient Portal Leading the Way

Posted on August 23, 2016 by Michael Green

By early 2017, Nova Scotia will be the first province in Canada to offer all residents secure online access to their health information.

MyHealthNS is an online tool, or portal, that enables patients and doctors to share information, including routine test results. Once patients have created their secure online health record, they can receive and store test results and specialist reports electronically. They can also log health information, such as blood pressure readings, immunizations, allergies and medications. And, they can view and manage their information on any web-enabled device.

e-Visits: A Natural Evolution of the Doctor’s Visit?

Posted on June 22, 2016 by Dr. Rashaad Bhyat

A physician colleague of mine recently reflected on the changing nature of his practice, in the years since he started using an electronic medical record (EMR). He noted that an increasing amount of his work as a primary care physician does not actually require the patient to be in his office.

Infoway’s Patient Engagement Framework Helps Us Connect with Patients and Consumers

Posted on May 31, 2016 by Shelagh Maloney

Digital health technologies have the potential to transform the patient experience and improve patient outcomes — but to do so, they need to be designed with the patient in mind. This is why engaging with consumers and patients is a vital part of what we do here at Infoway.

Is it Time for a Digital Injection?

Posted on March 16, 2016 by Sukirtha Tharmalingam

Nearly one-third (30%) of parents aren’t fully confident they can provide complete, accurate records on their children’s immunizations, according to a survey commissioned by Canada Health Infoway (Infoway). The survey explored parents’ experiences with managing their children’s immunization records. It also found that 30% of parents reported it was likely that their child had missed an immunization.

Digital Health Can Help Empower Patients in their Battle with Cancer

Posted on February 4, 2016 by Shelagh Maloney

It’s World Cancer Day today, and to raise awareness, the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC), along with its international partners, are asking people and organizations to take a pledge on what they can do to help fight the disease and support those who have it.

We Made Quite an Impression – In Fact, We Made 23 Million of Them

Posted on December 3, 2015 by Shelagh Maloney

Last month, we asked Canadians to get together and “think digital health” in order to celebrate the difference digital health is making. Digital Health Week was a great success have a look at the impressive numbers below. We’d like to thank everyone, including our supporting organizations for participating in the many great events and conversations that took place during the week.

Can a Simple App Improve the Patient-Provider Relationship?

Posted on November 20, 2015 by Robert Ridge

For anyone managing a chronic or life threatening condition, the value of investing time and effort in managing and understanding their health information is clear – poor or incomplete data can have a significant negative effect on their health. But the same is true for all of us – we can all benefit from tracking our health a little more closely.

Canadians are Embracing Digital Health

Posted on November 19, 2015 by Tania Ensor

Canadians are no strangers to the virtual world, with a Canadian user visiting an average of 3,731 pages every month. It’s no surprise, then that Canadians also head online for health information, and, in fact, 72 per cent of family physicians refer patients to websites for information about their health care and lifestyle. But Canadians don’t just want general information — they also want access to their own health data as well, with more than 80 per cent saying they would like to take advantage of digital health solutions to view lab results and medication history electronically.

Join HCSMCA Tweet Chat on Patients, Providers and the Future of Health Care

Posted on November 12, 2015 by Shelagh Maloney

If you’re looking for Canadians, apparently you have to look online: According to Statistics Canada, 83 per cent of households had access to the internet in 2012 and Ipsos Reid reports that nearly half of us have actively looked for health information online.

Engaging with Patients During Digital Health Week

Posted on October 28, 2015 by Shelagh Maloney

Earlier this year, we held a #HCSMCA tweet chat on our upcoming Digital Health Week to ask for input on what the focus of the week should be. And while there were lots of great ideas and discussions, one that stood out was that you wanted patients included.

Successes and Lesson Learned; e-Booking Initiative Participants

Posted on June 15, 1015 by Cassie Frazer

The benefits of electronic patient appointment booking (“e-booking”) seem to be straightforward and easy to anticipate for patients. Compared to conventional appointment scheduling, e-booking is convenient, saves time and can result in improved patient and provider satisfaction. Generally speaking, once a practice has begun to use an e-booking solution, their patients and staff cannot imagine ever going back.

Cancer Led Me to Digital Health and I Haven’t Looked Back Since

Posted on June 5, 2015 by Judith Morley

National Cancer Survivors Day is June 7. As a cancer survivor, I am marking this a special day by sharing my story of how digital health helped me throughout my cancer journey.

I had never heard of digital health when a routine colonoscopy led to a devastating cancer diagnosis in January 2008. By the time I was declared cancer-free seven years later, I was not only an avid user of digital health, I wouldn’t dream of giving it up.

It’s Time to GET LOUD about Mental Health in the Workplace

Posted on May 8, 2015 by Nicole Hodgkinson

Only a third of those who need mental health services in Canada actually receive them, which is why the theme of this year’s annual Mental Health Week, “GET LOUD,” is appropriate.

EMR Adoption and Patient Empowerment Among Top Digital Health Successes for 2014

Posted on January 20, 2015 by Shelagh Maloney

January is tough! It’s back to work after the holidays, the weather is lousy and I’m faced with the guilt that I’ve never made a resolution that I’ve kept for more than a week – except for the year that I resolved not to make any resolutions!

That’s a Wrap on Digital Health Week

Posted on November 14, 2014 by Shelagh Maloney

Today is the final day of Digital Health Week, and we’ve had a fantastic time celebrating all the great strides that have been made by Canadians to implement digital health solutions. What a week it has been! We co-hosted a #hcsmca Tweet Chat, discussing how digital health has transformed the patient experience. COACH also hosted a webinar, helping organizations develop strategic directions for digital health. We also announced the results of our Public Health Social Media Challenge, where we encouraged public health organizations from across Canada to harness the power of social media to address issues and concerns.

Digital Health Week: Thank You to Our Supporters

Posted on November 12, 2014 by Shelagh Maloney

We’re now halfway through #digitalhealthweek so this is a great time to extend thanks to the storytellers and national organizations that are supporting this initiative.

You’re Invited to a Tweet Chat! Digital Health Transforming the Patient Experience

Posted on November 11, 2014 by Shelagh Maloney

Here at Infoway we live and breathe digital health. We spend our days working with our many supporting organizations and other partners to accelerate the development, adoption and effective use of digital health across Canada.

Canada’s First Digital Health Week Celebrates Milestones and Engages Canadians to Think About Digital Health

Posted on November 10, 2014 by Michael Green

This month, Infoway is partnering with 18 leading healthcare organizations to launch Canada’s very first Digital Health Week, taking place November 10 to 14, 2014. We’ve seen profound progress in the implementation of digital health solutions in Canada, and the inaugural Digital Health Week is an opportunity to celebrate the positive impact that technology is having on improving health and healthcare for Canadians.

Digital Health is Transforming My Experience as a Patient

Posted on November 7, 2014 by Kelly Kuru

Given that next week is Digital Health Week, I’ve been putting some thought around digital health and how it impacts my day-to-day life. Specifically, “what’s the value” and “how significant has the impact been?”

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