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Learn more about the latest development in digital health, patient stories, new findings and best practices for implementation.

Camryn’s Story: EMRs Enable Care Teams to More Easily Find Her Information

Posted on September 5, 2014 by Jennifer Zelmer

Camryn is an energetic child who loves to play air hockey, collect stickers, colour and play outside. But she also has a number of health issues which mean frequent trips to five different clinics at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. In the past, her care team had to wade through thick paper files in search of test results. However, since the implementation of an electronic medical record (EMR), Camryn’s care team can more easily find the information they are looking for and quickly share it with their colleagues. Here is Camryn’s story.

Advancing Care – How the Possibilities of Digital Health are Closer to Becoming a Reality for Canadians

Posted on August 28, 2014 by Maureen Charlebois

This year’s Advancing Care Peer Leader Symposium was a reminder to us about why collaboration at all levels of health care is so important. Conversations between health leaders, from across the country and beyond, continue to be an essential step in delivering more efficient and effective health care for patients and clinicians through the use of digital health tools. Opening with a compelling patient experience, it laid the foundation of this year’s theme: Optimizing the Use and Value of Digital Health.

Paper Examines Gap Between Desire for and Use of Digital Consumer Health Solution

Posted on August 26, 2014 by Jennifer Zelmer

Eight in ten Canadians want online access to their personal health information. Four per cent have it.

Finding a Smaller, More Targeted Audience May be The Key to Success in Social Media

Posted on August 20, 2014 by Jennifer Zelmer

Having just started tweeting, I was excited to join Infoway’s recent Public Health Social Media Challenge Expert Q&A Session. Teams from our Public Health Social Media Challenge were given the opportunity to pose questions to our panel of experts. They asked some challenging questions and received some great advice.

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.

Put Your Audience First When Devising a Social Media Plan

Posted on July 8, 2014 by Fraser Ratchford

I recently had the pleasure of hosting our second Expert Forum. For one hour, teams participating in our ImagineNation Public Health Social Media Challenge presented their social media initiatives to receive feedback from a group of experts. The Public Health Social Media Challenge is designed to inspire public health organizations in Canada to use social media in creative and innovative ways to reach out to and connect with their audience.

Remote Patient Monitoring Could Improve The Quality of Life for Patients

Posted on July 2, 2014 by Bobby Gheorghiu

Although Canada’s health care system faces many challenges ahead, there is also tremendous innovation happening that is transforming the way health care is delivered. Through the use of technology, for example, health care can be brought closer to the patient — it can be accessed at the touch of a tablet or specialized device, such as a blood pressure cuff or wireless scale, through which health care providers monitor changes in a patient’s condition and coach them on how to manage their health — and before it deteriorates, requiring a trip to the emergency room.

Mobile Health Apps and the Demand for Personalized Care (Part 3 of 3)

Posted on June 24, 2014 by Anne Snowdon

There are a number of legitimate concerns that have been raised around the rapid explosion of health apps. A key barrier to the widespread adoption of health apps continues to be worries around privacy, security, and liability issues related to accessing, storage and ownership of health data. Health information is considered highly sensitive and private, and there are valid questions regarding liability should inappropriate access to information take place, or if health information is inadvertently released due to technical issues. There is also ambiguity around the regulation of health apps themselves, particularly when they offer medical information or health-based services.

New Study Finds the Benefits of e-Booking

Posted on June 24, 2014 by Fraser Ratchford

Digital health is making a significant impact to Canadians and is resulting in better delivery, quality and access to care. e-Booking is one of the tools that is adding convenience and increasing productivity to the health care system. It allows patients to book their own medical appointments online at any time and without the assistance of office staff. Patients receive online confirmation and alerts about their appointments, allowing the office staff to focus on higher-value tasks.

Tips for Developing a Successful Quality Plan

Posted on June 23, 2014 by Julie Latreille

I had the pleasure of being the guest speaking at a recent webinar hosted by the Consumer Health and Innovation team at Canada Health Infoway. The webinar focused on how teams, who are part of the e-Connect Impact Challenge, can develop a successful quality plan.

Mobile Health Apps and the Demand for Personalized Care (Part 2 of 3)

Posted on June 17, 2014 by Anne Snowdon

Last summer, researchers at the International Centre for Health Innovation (the Centre) performed an analysis of the most popular health apps to define the purpose of each app and to examine the value these apps may offer consumers outside of the traditional health system.1 The “Top 100” most popular apps were generated for both Android and iPhone operating systems for two categories, health and fitness and medical, which then underwent content analysis to find major themes.

Perceptions Around Patient-Provider Interaction

Posted on June 12, 2014 by Simon Hagens

Do computers in the exam room impact patient-provider interaction? This is a topic of much debate, but less concrete evidence. To add to the conversation, we analysed data from a survey conducted by Harris Decima to measure public attitudes and understanding of health information and communication technology (ICT). The survey was in field in February and March 2014 and collected perspectives from 1,512 Canadian adults.

Mobile Health Apps and the Demand for Personalized Care (Part 1 of 3)

Posted on June 10, 2014 by Anne Snowdon

This February, my colleagues and I at the International Centre for Health Innovation at the Ivey Business School at Western University released the report “It’s All About Me: The Personalization of Health Systems.” The report describes the emerging consumer-driven demand for a more personalized health system, and the steps health systems must take to meet this fundamental shift. Unprecedented access to health information and revolutionary medical discoveries are working together to generate this grassroots demand for personalized healthcare, and it is fascinating to me to see the role mobile health applications (health apps) are playing in this shift.

Innovations Like the Breathe App Help Those with Asthma Manage Their Condition

Posted on June 4, 2014 by Fraser Ratchford

Canada Health Infoway’s website features dozens of stories and videos about the progress that’s being made with digital health solutions across Canada. The breathe app is our most recent video. An ImagineNation Outcomes Challenge participant, the breathe app is recognized as a unique tool that is helping asthma patients monitor and manage their condition. Created by the Ontario Lung Association with support from Infoway, the app is helping bring care closer to home. Check it out.

Public Health Social Media Challenge Expert Forum Shares Social Media Tips

Posted on May 15, 2014 by Fraser Ratchford

The ImagineNation Public Health Social Media Challenge seeks to inspire public health organizations in Canada to use social media initiatives in creative and innovative ways to improve public health. We’ve had a number of public health teams sign up already and recently held an Expert Forum where some of the teams presented their social media initiatives to a panel of experts for feedback and advice.

eHealth Conference is an Opportunity to be Energized by Bold Ideas

Posted on May 13, 2014 by Shelagh Maloney

I’ve been attending the eHealth conferences for over two decades and every spring, I find myself looking forward to the event and this year is no exception (except that spring has come a bit later!). I was asked recently why I attend the conference, what I get out of it and what advice would I have for a first-time attendee. Responding to these questions provided me with an opportunity to think about the eHealth experiences I’ve had over the years and why this conference remains one of my favourites.

Infographic Examines Benefits of e-Booking for Patients, Clinics

Posted on May 8, 2014 by Fraser Ratchford

Giving patients the ability to e-book their own medical appointments can benefit both patients and clinicians. Patients can book appointments 24/7 and receive electronic confirmations and alerts while staff can focus on higher-value tasks. Our infographic examines some of these benefits.

Value of eHealth Evaluation Research in Supporting Healthcare Reform in Canada

Posted on May 5, 2014 by Dr. Francis Lau

In 2008 the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) and Canada Health Infoway co-funded a five year Applied Chair award in eHealth. The CIHR Applied Chairs program is to support mid-career academics that conduct policy-relevant research, and are dedicated to the exchange of this research with decision makers and mentoring trainees in the area of applied health services and policy research.

e-Booking: A Relatively Simple Concept That Can Make a Big Difference (Part 2 of 2)

Posted April 15, 2014 by Fraser Ratchford

Benefits to patients

Often, when I try to book a medical appointment, it can be a frustrating experience as it means busy signals and waiting on hold. However, e-booking solutions can let patients book their own appointments, in a matter of seconds and at their own convenience. Canada Health Infoway recently launched an e-Booking Initiative designed to encourage the adoption of e-booking solutions.

e-Booking: A Relatively Simple Concept That Can Make a Big Difference (Part 1 of 2)

Posted on April 10, 2014 by Fraser Ratchford

Benefits to clinics

When it comes to digital health, sometimes a small change can make a big difference — and this is the case with e-booking. A recent white paper released by Canada Health Infoway studies the benefits of e-booking for both clinics and patients.

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