Experiences and Perspectives
"Panorama represents the most significant improvement over the present legacy systems in public health information management in decades. It will get even better as implementation and upgrades continue
- Dr. Perry Kendall, Provincial Health Officer, British Columbia Ministry of Health
In 2003, SARS illustrated the need for better digital health solutions to support infectious disease prevention, control and outbreak management. Since then, the Government of Canada and the provinces and territories have worked together on a number of fronts to improve public health capacity, emergency preparedness and surveillance.
Canadian health care is ever-changing with many of us already gaining clinical value and seeing the benefits to our patients from digital health technology. This fall, Canada Health Infoway (Infoway
), is launching a public education campaign that consists of identifying Canadians who already know firsthand the benefits of digital health and who might have a story or experience to share.
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada (ISMP Canada) in partnership with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) are committed to advancing medication reconciliation (MedRec), a proven intervention that prevents medication errors at patient transition points across the healthcare system. And while ISMP Canada and CPSI have made significant progress in raising awareness of this important activity amongst clinicians, Infoway
's Knowing is Better Clinician Education Campaign
is helping to spread the MedRec message even further.
In today’s health care system, patients often receive care from numerous providers in many different locations including their GP’s office, one or more hospitals, Community Care Access Centres (CCACs), or specialists’ offices, to name a few. But this information does not always flow seamlessly across organizations, which means clinicians may not have the most up-to-date information to care for their patients.
Information technology is transforming health care for Canadians. From connecting remote communities through telehealth to fully integrated electronic health records, the path to better and safer care is unfolding for all of us. Here are some of the many examples of eHealth solutions improving care across the country.