Opportunities for Action: A Pan-Canadian Digital Health Strategic Plan – Canada Health Infoway – 26 June 2013

Posted on June 28, 2013. Filed under: Health Informatics | Tags: , |

Opportunities for Action: A Pan-Canadian Digital Health Strategic Plan – Canada Health Infoway – 26 June 2013

“Refreshed Strategic Plan Focuses on Next Steps in Canada’s Digital Health Journey

Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) today released Opportunities for Action: A Pan-Canadian Digital Health Strategic Plan. The plan, which details the health care priorities that digital health solutions can best support over the coming years, has identified key opportunities for action.

“This refreshed strategic plan was developed by Canadians, for Canadians,” said Richard Alvarez, President and CEO of Infoway. “It represents how digital health is evolving in step with the health care system to meet the needs of Canadians, and sets out how Infoway and our jurisdictional partners can focus on improving the patient experience through digital health solutions.”

The strategic plan was developed in consultation with more than 500 Canadians, clinicians, government and health care administrators, national associations and digital health vendors, who were asked to identify priorities that health IT could best support. Six broad themes emerged describing health care priorities over the next several years, and from these themes, five opportunities for action were developed:

■Bring care closer to home
■Provide easier access
■Support new models of care
■Improve patient safety
■Enable a high-performing health system

Much of Infoway’s work over the past decade has concentrated on digital health investments in electronic health records and point-of-care systems for clinicians. These include solutions that securely house critical data including patient drug information, diagnostic images and lab test results, resulting in billions of dollars in health system efficiencies, improvements in access, and gains in quality of care.”

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