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Infoway established the Emerging Technology Group (ETG) in 2011 to identify and guide the use of information and communications technologies (ICTs) in health care innovation. The ETG's role is to identify, monitor and evaluate emerging technologies, and mature technologies that haven't been fully applied, that look most likely to provide significant benefits to our health care system and the health of Canadians.

Emerging technologies are ICT products and capabilities that are:

  • new or in early stages of use in one or more sectors (may include health care, but not necessarily); or
  • existing, but emerging in the health care sector or being used in innovative ways.

White Papers

A significant part of the ETG's work involves producing a series of white papers with the aim of providing information and analysis that could benefit those who make decisions about the use of emerging ICTs in health and in a Canadian context.

mhealth white paper full report final en 2013-12-05

The white paper on Mobile Computing in Clinical Settings is now available.

Download the full report or the executive summary.

Big Data in Health Care White Paper

The white paper on Big Data Analytics in Health is now available.

Download the full report or the executive summary.

Cloud Computing in Health White Paper

The white paper on Cloud Computing in Health is now available.

Download the full report or executive summary.






Jan 30, 2014

Mobile Computing in Clinical Settings

This webinar focused on the economic value of mHealth, opportunities for its effective application in Canadian health delivery organizations, and some of the approaches for getting there.

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Mark Nenadovic

Stanley Ratajczak

Jun 6, 2013

Big Data Analytics in Health

The focus was on the opportunities for Big Data Analytics (BDA) in health care, the potential value, and the enablers and challenges to introducing BDA.

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Alex Mair

Dennis Giokas

Apr 3, 2013

Emerging Health Information Standards

The webinar focused on two emerging interoperability and standards initiatives – Fast Health Interoperability Resources and the Clinical Information Modeling Initiative.

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Ron Parker 

Dennis Giokas

Mar 7, 2013

Cloud Computing Privacy & Security Considerations

The focus was on how cloud computing can be used to provide a secure and privacy protective computing environment.

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Stanley Ratajczak

Feb 13, 2013

Cloud Computing in Health

The focus was the significant opportunity that exists to use cloud computing to deliver digital health for Canadians in a timely and effective manner.

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Ron Parker

Tech Watch Agenda

The 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 Area


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
  • Hack-a-thons
  • 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

Data, including secondary uses

  • Business intelligence and health system analytics
  • Big data analytics
  • Real time aware systems
  • Business process analytics
  • De-identification
  • 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)
  • National Information Exchange Model (NIEM)
  • 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
  • Gaming
  • Unified communications


For more information about the ETG or its work, please submit your inquiry via email.