Infoway Challenges Highlight Digital Health's Impact on Patients, Careers, Companies

TORONTO, June 19, 2013 /CNW/ - A new series of Infoway Challenges will focus on the impact digital health investments have been making in Canada and aim to accelerate these benefits, announced Richard Alvarez, President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway.

The new series of Challenges are aimed at patients like Della, health and IT workers and businesses - all who are being asked to share the impact of digital health on their well-being, lives and careers.

Participants can visit to submit brief stories outlining their experiences.  More Impact Challenges will be announced in the coming weeks.

"Challenges like these serve as catalysts for innovation, and help shine a spotlight on the value health IT generates for the health care system and for patients, bringing those stories to life," said Alvarez.  "In addition, investment in digital health creates jobs and stimulates the economy."

The new series of Impact Challenges follow the successful Infoway Ideas and Outcomes Challenges.

Geoff Spooner, whose team of 14 clinics in Vancouver was awarded first place in the e-Scheduling category of the Outcomes Challenge, encourages Canadians to submit their entries to the Impact Challenge.

"Participating in Infoway's Challenges is a great way to have a dialogue about the role of health IT in moving Canada's health care system into the 21st century," said Spooner.  "Virtually everyone is touched by our health care system, and it's important to hear from Canadians of all walks of life who have felt the impact of health IT as we and our clients have.  Whether you're a patient, a clinician or you're representing a company, I encourage you to contribute to the dialogue by joining the Challenge."

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 Canadians.

Image with caption: "First place award recipients in Canada Health Infoway's ImagineNation Outcomes Challenge accept their awards in Ottawa on May 27, 2013. From left to right, Geoff Spooner representing a team of 14 British Columbia clinics, Deana Leicht of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Canada Health Infoway Chairman of the Board Graham W.S. Scott, Dr. Peter Rossos of the University Health Network, Andrew Liu of Toronto East General Hospital, Krystyna Hommen of Excelleris Technologies, and Canada Health Infoway President and CEO Richard Alvarez. (CNW Group/Canada Health Infoway)". Image available at:

SOURCE: Canada Health Infoway

For further information:

Dan Strasbourg
Director, Media Relations
Canada Health Infoway
(416) 595-3424


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