November 14, 2018 (Montreal) — Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) today announced the launch of ACCESS 2022, a movement to promote a future where all Canadians have access to their health information through the availability and use of digital health tools and services, which will empower patients and improve health outcomes.
Beginning today, all health system stakeholders — including clinicians, allied health care professionals, government bodies, technology and industry partners, patients and caregivers — are invited and encouraged to commit to the vision and join the ACCESS 2022 movement.
“As Canadians, we’re proud of our health care system. For 50 years it has stood for equality and compassion. But Canada is no longer a world leader in health care. We’re in the innovation age, but our health care has not kept up, and for all our sakes, we need to change,” said Michael Green, President and CEO, Infoway, a federally funded, not-for-profit organization that drives access to health care through digital health solutions.
“ACCESS 2022 will bring together the collective expertise of an agile technology sector, the knowledge base of health system experts, and the insights and experiences of patients and caregivers, to ultimately meet and exceed the demands of Canadians in the 21st century. Starting today, we are asking all Canadians to join us in this movement,” Green said.
In today’s digital age, Canadians are shopping, banking and booking travel online because it’s convenient and efficient. Overwhelmingly, they want a digital system that is easier to navigate and more patient-centric with better service and access to their health information. In fact, a recent survey conducted by Infoway found that only 22 per cent of Canadians have access to their health information online, and 73 per cent of those who don’t, want it.
Green announced the launch of ACCESS 2022 at Infoway’s Annual Partnership Conference. Held during Digital Health Week, the conference brings together system stakeholders and partners to celebrate the successes and address challenges in transforming health service delivery.
“It all starts by making a pledge and working together. For this vision and effort to be successful, we need engagement and activation across the entire health sector,” Green said.
To learn more and join the movement, visit www.Access2022.ca.
About Canada Health Infoway
Infoway helps to improve the health of Canadians by working with partners to accelerate the development, adoption and effective use of digital health across Canada. Through our investments, we help deliver better quality and access to care and more efficient delivery of health services for patients and clinicians. Infoway is an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the federal government.