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Infoway releases new digital health action plan

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...


June 26, 2013  


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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.”

It 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

“Now is the time to take the next steps in our journey, leveraging the investments that have been made in recent years, to ensure that digital health solutions continue to address the priorities of Canadians and improve the patient experience,” Alvarez said.