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Patient Advisor: Digital Health Tools Help Canadians Partner for Better Outcomes

Posted on October 17 by Garry Laxdal

In 2015, I was diagnosed with rectal cancer and immediately began both radiation and chemotherapy treatments followed by major surgery (abdominoperineal resection). This was followed by four additional months of chemotherapy. Prior to my cancer, I was a technology business owner and very active physically, golfing on average 100 times a year, and an avid hunter. The great news is I’m now two years post-surgery and all tests and scans since treatment are negative and the prognosis is good. While I’m a little disappointed that I’ve only golfed 97 times this year, I’m gearing up for another successful hunting season.

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Evolving our Approach to Better Serve Canadians

Posted on August 8, 2017 by Michael Green

While remaining focused on our vision of healthier Canadians through innovative digital health solutions during the 2016-2017 fiscal year, we continued to evolve Infoway’s approach to better serve Canadians.

Top Benefits Evaluation Reports and Activities April – June 2017

Posted on August 1, 2017 by Kate Perkins

Is it just me or did the last quarter fly by? It was a busy time for our Evaluation Services team as well – lots of great and interesting evaluations on the go.

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Canada has Gained Many Benefits from its Investments in Digital Health

Posted on July 4, 2017 by Bobby Gheorghiu

In this week’s post, I would like to address two myths that have persisted over the years, partly due to lack of public awareness and/or the fact that many investments in digital health infrastructure may not result in visible progress to the general public. 

eTELEMED 2017 Conference Highlights Canada’s Achievements in Digital Health

Posted on May  23, 2017 by Bobby Gheorghiu

Between March 19 and 23, I had the privilege of attending the eTELEMED 2017 Conference in Nice, France. It all began with an invitation to sit on the conference’s Editorial Board with the opportunity to shape the content and agenda of this year’s conference. Through this collaboration, I was nominated to Chair a special track with the freedom to select the topic of the track and invite contributors to submit research papers or presentations. I saw this as a great opportunity to showcase Infoway’s work on the international stage, not just through our perspective, but also through that of our stakeholders.

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Infoway Launches Digital Health Myths-Busting Campaign

Posted on May 16, 2017 by Poonam Khanna

“I won’t understand my lab results if I access them online.” “The introduction of virtual visits means I won’t see my doctor anymore.” “The government and insurance companies will be able to see my digital health records.” These are just a few of the myths surrounding digital health we’ve encountered over the years, which is why Infoway launched a digital health myths-busting campaign last month.

Top 10 Benefits Evaluation Reports of 2016-2017

Posted on May 9, 2017 by Kate Perkins

The Infoway Evaluation Services team works with its partners to assess the impact of digital health projects and whether objectives have been achieved with our investments. These evaluations help Infoway and its partners understand how our investments are impacting Canadians and the health care system and help us improve projects for the future.

Transforming Health Care Through Innovation: Infoway’s Goals for 2017-2018

 Posted on February 02, 2017 by Michael Green

Digital health solutions are key enablers that will help bridge gaps in delivering care and bending cost curves. These solutions are more important than ever as Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments participate in a dialogue that will fundamentally transform the services that Canadians want.

A Conversation about Digital Health

Posted on August 03, 2016 by Michael Green

We chose “A Conversation about Digital Health” as the theme for Infoway’s 2015-2016 Annual Report because we think there has been a significant shift over the past few years in the quality of the conversations between clinicians, and between clinicians and their patients.

Another Positive Performance Evaluation for Infoway

Posted on April 7, 2016 by Michael Green

Just a couple of weeks after learning that the federal government has allocated $50 million over two years to Infoway in its 2016-2017 budget, I’m pleased to say that our commitment to accountability for taxpayers’ funds has been recognized once again. We have received another very positive independent performance evaluation regarding progress under our 2003 funding agreement with the federal government. This follows equally positive evaluations in 2006 and 2011 for this funding agreement. In fact, all performance evaluations and audits required by our funding agreements have been consistently positive.

The Economics of Digital Health

Posted on February 9, 2016 by Shelagh Maloney

Digital health can mean faster care and better outcomes for patients and instant access to important information for authorized clinicians — but the benefits don’t stop there.

Infoway Sets Ambitious Goals for 2016-2017

Posted on February 1, 2016 by Michael Green

We are all well aware of the core challenges facing Canada’s health care system: lack of an integrated and patient-centred system; the need to achieve sustainability through improved efficiency and value-for-money; and the need to share knowledge to improve services and system management.

Congratulations to Kathryn Hannah for Being Appointed to the Order of Canada

Posted on July 20, 2015 by Maureen Charlebois and Jennifer Zelmer

It’s always wonderful to see a friend receive well-deserved recognition so we are delighted to celebrate Dr. Kathryn Hannah’s appointment as a Member (C.M.) of the Order of Canada on July 1, 2015. The honour was bestowed upon her for her efforts to advance the use of health care technology in Canada. It reflects Kathryn’s deep contributions to health informatics in Canada and elsewhere.

Infoway Receives Positive Performance Evaluation

Posted on April 1, 2015 by Michael Green

As part of our 2007 funding agreement with the federal government, which provided a $400 million grant, Infoway recently underwent an independent performance evaluation and I’m pleased to say the results were once again positive! This is the second evaluation for this funding agreement, following another in March 2010. We are pleased that all performance evaluations and audits required by our funding agreements have been consistently positive.

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