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Tech Watch List

Infoway’s Emerging Technology Group (ETG) maintains a "watch list" of topics that it is monitoring. The watch list is informed by Canada's digital health business strategies and priorities, and includes technologies which may be applicable to those business needs. In some cases the ETG only monitors the technology. Selected technologies become the subject of white papers.

Tech Watch List
Focus AreaTopics
Architecture Innovations and Enablers

Cloud computing

Application architecture – composite apps and portlets

Interdependent registries (people, places, resources)

Real time location services

Radio frequency identification

Ultrasound identification

Smart chips in cards and devices

Pervasive networking of devices

Open source solutions and tools

IT systems alignment with LEAN

Virtual desktop infrastructure

Artificial Intelligence

Question and answer

Consumer Health

Patient portals and applications

Home monitoring devices and sensors for home care and self-care

Personal health management tools

Personal health decision aids

Continua – device interoperability

E-visit solutions

Data, including secondary uses

Business intelligence and health system analytics

Big data analytics

Real time aware systems

Business process analytics


Data visualization


Mobile computing devices

Mobile computing device management

Mobile apps – niche-purposed apps

Mobile apps – multi-functional apps

Privacy and Security

Identity management

Digital identity

Federated identity management

Mobile device management

Security as a service (i.e., cloud)

Social Networking

Personal and professional

Crowd sourcing

Standards and Interoperability

Terminology strategy

Terminology services

Clinical information representation

Semantic interoperability

Supply chain

Global identities (GS1)

Pan-Canadian interoperability


Clinical Information Modeling Initiative (CIMI)

Fast Health Information Resources (FHIR)

Semantic web (e.g., OWL)

Inter-jurisdictional data sharing

User Experience

Large surface screens

Touch screens

Virtualization of the user experience

Natural language processing

User interface design, rich user experience

Digital pen and paper


Unified communications


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