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Patients, Providers and the Future of Health Care

November 11, 2015

By Shelagh Maloney (@12Maloney)

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Shelagh Maloney

If you’re looking for Canadians, apparently you have to look online: According to Statistics Canada, 83 per cent of households had access to the internet in 2012 and Ipsos Reid reports that nearly half of us have actively looked for health information online.

When it comes to health care, Canadians want to take advantage of online tools in the same way they can with other online services. Eighty per cent of Canadians would like to access their own health information and services such as online lab results, e-booking, and e-requests for prescription renewals. And those who have access report a positive experience. For example, 77 per cent of patients using personal health records in Nova Scotia felt more involved in their care.

As discussed during our HCSMCA tweet chat in June, during Digital Health Week (November 16-22), we’d like to engage with Canadians to hear how technology is supporting them to become more active participants in their care.

Twitter poster announcing chat for Digital Health Week

We hope you can join us on Wednesday, November 18, at 1 p.m. ET during the #hcsmca tweet chat on patients, providers and the future of health care. Please follow the #hcsmca hashtag and add it to your tweets as we discuss the following questions:

  1. What role do patients play, or should they play, in their health care?
  2. How is digital health changing the patient-provider relationship?
  3. What needs to change in Canadian health care so patients can act as more equal partners?

You can also continue the discussion on digital health by joining our webinar on this topic — Patients, Providers and the Future of Health Care — on Thursday, November 19 at 1 p.m. ET (time zone converter), as well as the eHITS Public Forum: Get connected to better your health live streamed event and virtual chat on November 19 at 3 p.m. ET. Please visit our Digital Health Week page for more events celebrating digital health.

About Shelagh Maloney

Ms. Maloney leads the development and execution of Infoway’s communications and marketing efforts including media relations, public opinion research, digital media, events planning, and translation services.

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