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 2003 funding agreement granted $1.1 billion to Infoway to accelerate the deployment of electronic health records, common information technology standards and telehealth. Bell Browne Molnar & Delicate Consulting Inc. conducted the most recent performance evaluation. Here are a few excerpts from the final report:
- “The 2003 Funding Agreement and Infoway's execution of it, in partnership with provincial and territorial jurisdictions and other stakeholders, have had very high impact. Health Canada and the federal government have received a strong return on investment through the 2003 Funding Agreement.”
- “Infoway's important role and leadership were acknowledged by all key informants. The importance and value of Infoway's thought leadership was stressed, especially by smaller jurisdictions which on their own would not have been able to do the same, and which relied heavily on Infoway in order to launch their eHealth programs and move them forward.”
- “There is a continued need to have a national (pan-Canadian, multi-jurisdictional) approach to eHealth in Canada, and to have a pan-Canadian organization such as Infoway to develop and deliver such an approach.”
Comments like these are a great testament to the work Infoway is continuing to do with all of our stakeholders to bring innovative digital health solutions to Canadians. We will continue our commitment to accountability with our most recent allocation of $50 million in federal funding over the next two years. We will help Canadians live well at home by increasing telehomecare, and we will help clinicians increase patient safety with the development of a multi-jurisdiction e-prescribing solution.
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As President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada Health Infoway, he works with Infoway’s jurisdictional partners and other key stakeholders to accelerate the development and adoption of digital health in Canada, which will provide clinicians and patients with information they need to support safer care decisions and a more modern and sustainable health care system for all Canadians.