The path to better, safer, more accessible and more efficient health care for everyone includes effective use of health information technology.
In 2001, Canada’s First Ministers recognized the need to invest in electronic health record systems to leverage the information that is generated during every encounter we have with the health system, in order to gain clinical value.
Early investments in electronic health records were based on the promise and potential to transform health care, just as computers have changed so many other aspects of our lives.
Today, every province and territory is collaborating and some $4 billion has been allocated to the development of solutions that are already demonstrating benefits for Canadians in terms of access, quality, productivity, and sustainability of the health system.
These investments in innovation are already addressing some of health care’s most persistent issues with results that are chosen by communities and provinces to meet their particular needs, thanks to local solutions, the hard work of thousands of health care providers, and investments by all levels of government.
Getting the most value for Canadians and the health system was – and is – a big task, requiring significant changes not only in process and tools but in health care culture and workflow. While much work remains, a decade on, Canada has moved from being a country that is investing in the promise of health information technology and tools to one that is reaping the benefits of those investments.
- Learn about the progress and benefits of the foundational elements of our health information systems.
- Read Infoway’s annual report for a summary of the use of electronic health information systems.
- Read about how benefits being realized are evaluated and quantified.
- Explore why knowing is better than not knowing for clinicians.
- Discover options for connecting with clinical peers on this journey, and resources to help manage change.
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Experiences and perspectives
Browse through stories and videos shared by clinicians, patient, and health care administrators on the journey to better health care through improved connection and access to health information.
White Paper: Cloud Computing in Health
An analysis of cloud computing and the opportunities to adopt it in health care (full paper or executive summary)