CHCA urges governments to seize the opportunities for information technology applications in home care



    OTTAWA, June 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA)
has concluded an important piece of work, sponsored by Canada Health Infoway,
to gain a better understanding of the potential and readiness for information
communication technology in home care in Canada.
    The final report - Integration through Information Communication
Technology for Home Care in Canada8 released today, contains nine
recommendations that arose from the cross-Canada consultations and discussions
involving hundreds of home care leaders. The over-riding message is that there
needs to be a re-alignment of focus on information technology to the community
where Canadians experience the majority of their health care.
    Governments increasingly recognize the value of home care in meeting the
health needs of an aging population and the role it plays in relieving
pressure on hospital beds and emergency rooms. However, the report findings
identified that there has not been a shift in strategic thinking and funding
decisions related to technology to adequately support this vital sector of
health care. "The lack of a strategic approach is evidenced by the disjointed
funding and implementation of information communication technology in the home
care sector," stated Nadine Henningsen, Executive Director, CHCA.
    Technology helps to improve the care at the point of delivery and the
quality of life for those requiring home care. For the home care provider, ICT
improves the ability to see more patients, decrease paperwork and access the
right information at the right time enabling collaboration with other
providers. Effective application of ICT ensures that the system is
appropriately and efficiently used and improves the ability to measure, assess
and manage health care. "Home care is at a critical crossroad - demand is
growing, and resources remain scarce. It is essential that we equip our
dedicated clinicians with the tools they need to deliver home care in a more
efficient manner," said Richard Alvarez, President and CEO of Canada Health
Infoway.
    The full report can be accessed through the Canadian Home Care
Association and Canada Health Infoway.

    About the Canadian Home Care Association

    The Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA) is a not-for-profit membership
association dedicated to ensuring the availability of accessible, responsive
home care and community supports to enable people to stay in their homes with
safety, dignity and quality of life. Members of the Association include
organizations and individuals from publicly funded home care programs,
not-for-profit and proprietary service agencies, consumers, researchers,
educators and others with an interest in home care. Through the support of the
Association members who share a commitment to excellence, knowledge transfer
and continuous improvement, CHCA serves as the national voice of home care and
the access point for information and knowledge for home care across Canada.

    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 electronic health
record 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 Canadians.




For further information:

For further information: Nadine Henningsen, Executive Director, Canadian
Home Care Association, (613) 569-1585, nhenningsen@cdnhomecare.ca; Christina
Scicluna, Communications Specialist, Canada Health Infoway, (416) 595-3449
ext. 3020, cscicluna@infoway-inforoute.ca; For more information on the work of
the Canadian Home Care Association, visit www.cdnhomecare.ca; For more
information on Canada health Infoway, visit www.infoway-inforoute.ca


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