TORONTO, Oct. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Ninety-six per cent of Canadians think
it's important that the health care system make use of digital health
tools and capabilities, and 89 per cent feel it is important that they
personally have full advantage of digital health tools and
capabilities, according to a new survey by Harris/Decima, released by Canada Health Infoway (Infoway).
Other key findings from the Harris/Decima report include:
86 per cent of Canadians agree that digital health will provide health
information to a care team in an emergency situation
86 per cent of Canadians believe it is important that their doctors use
electronic medical records
90 per cent of Canadians who access their own health information online
describe the experience as positive
Every day, more of Canada's health care system goes digital. It's a
private, secure and effective way to make health care better, for all
of us. Today, patients like Alexa Thompson use digital health to help
manage their care and wellness.
"After complications following knee surgery, it was important that I
manage my weight, monitor my blood test results and track my exercise,"
she said. "Being able to manage all of that and have the ability to
interact with my care team with the help of a digital health tool
helped me feel like an empowered member of my own care team."
In order to demonstrate the value of digital tools available to
Canadians, Infoway recently launched Better Health Together to showcase patients sharing their stories on how digital health has
made a difference in their lives.
The Better Health Together campaign reflects the priorities that Infoway heard from more than 500 stakeholders across Canada as part of its
strategic planning process. It underscores an important reality:
adoption of digital health can improve the patient experience for
"The network of systems created to securely connect and share health
information among authorized clinicians is helping improve the care
Canadians receive," said Richard Alvarez, President and CEO, Canada
Health Infoway. "As well, Canadians are increasingly embracing digital
health themselves to manage their own care and the health and wellness
of their loved ones."
Digital health has touched and enhanced lives in every province and
territory. To hear from Canadians who have experienced its advantages
or to learn more about the ways that digital health can empower
individuals and their loved ones, please visit www.betterhealthtogether.ca. You can also join the conversation on Facebook (www.facebook.com/CanadaHealthInfoway) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/infoway).
About Canada Health Infoway
Canada Health Infoway is an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the federal
government. Infoway jointly invests with every province and territory to accelerate the
development and adoption of information and communications technology
projects in Canada. Fully respecting patient confidentiality, these
secure systems will provide clinicians and patients with the
information they need to better support safe care decisions and manage
their own health. Accessing this vital information quickly will help
foster a more modern and sustainable health care system for all
The Better Health Together TV ad is available here:
Video with caption: "Video: Digital Health in Canada: Sara and Marcus' Story". Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNiJlkAV9W0
SOURCE: Canada Health Infoway
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