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

Educating the Next Generation about Digital Health Solutions

Posted on April 12, 2016 by Jessica Visentin and Katherine Steckham

This year, Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) welcomed students to join the ever-evolving conversation about leveraging technology to satisfy the increasing demands of the current health care landscape. The inaugural 2016 Student Interprofessional eHealth Award recognizes that students are not only users, but also innovators, of digital health solutions.

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.

5 Years of ImagineNation: What We’ve Learned

Posted on March 31, 2016 by Fraser Ratchford

Dr. Peter Diamandis, CEO of X PRIZE Foundation, doesn’t build rockets. But, he may be the reason any civilians have a chance of going to outer space. Dr. Diamandis created the Ansari X Prize, which challenged teams or individuals to develop a commercial spacecraft using new ideas and innovations.

Use of Simple Digital Technology Makes Big Health Care Impact

Posted on March 29, 2016 by Bobby Gheorghiu

On average, 50 per cent of those with chronic diseases deviate from recommended treatment protocols, which can not only affect their health outcomes, but also cost the health care system (estimated at $300 billion annually in the U.S.).1  Over the past decade, Infoway has worked with our partners to investigate, pilot, evaluate and broadly deploy solutions which address health system challenges like these. 

Talking to Your Patient About Digital Health

Posted on March 22, 2106 by Dr. Rashaad Bhyat

“The digital world has been in a separate orbit from our medical cocoon, and it's time the boundaries be taken down.”
– Dr. Eric Topol1

What Sparked Five Years of Innovation?

Posted on March 17, 2016 by Jennifer Zelmer

“What makes you think that you’re so smart that you can guess the winners?”

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.

Enhancing Patient Care Through Quality Data

Posted on February 25, 2016 by Sarah Hutchison

As health information technology professionals, we often focus on solutions and technology to solve business problems. We know we still have a long way to go to realize an eHealth system that is seamlessly connected across health care settings and enables health care professionals to access the right patient information in a meaningful way, when and where it is needed.

Three Tips to Improve Your Entry in the Data Impact Challenge II

Posted on February 23, 2016 by Fraser Ratchford

In health care, there are many policy issues and questions for which there doesn’t seem to be any easy way to find the answers. But what if the answers are hiding right under our noses?

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.

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.

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.

Clinicians are Embracing Digital Health

Posted on January 6, 2016 by Dr. Rashaad Bhyat

It is no secret that the volume of medical knowledge is increasing exponentially every day.

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.

Clinicians-in-Training Program Prepares Pharmacists for Digital Environments

Posted on November 20, 2015 by Harold Lopatka, B. Pharm., MHSA, Ph.D., CHE

It’s Digital Health Week – what an exciting time in the world of digital health! As an educator and the Executive Director of the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC) – the national voice for academic pharmacy in Canada — I have been able to experience the ongoing growth of digital health innovation in education, and watch how it is helping to improve clinical practice and patient care.

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.

Telemedicine: Transforming our Health Care System, Transforming Lives

Posted on November 18, 2015 by Laurie Poole, RN, BScN, MHSA

We often hear from providers, health care teams and organizations about the transformative effects telemedicine has had on our health care system, but nothing is as inspiring as patient stories. These stories touch our hearts and remind us why we do what we do.

Nursing Faculty Peer Network Help Advance Understanding of Digital Health

Posted on November 17, 2015 by Cynthia Baker

Digital health technologies continue to transform the health system and the delivery of nursing care, making it essential for educators to ensure nursing students are exposed to digital health.

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.

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