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Diagnosis - Strategies & Decisions

A Diagnosis of the Digital Health Agenda in Canada:
Strategies and Decisions - Past and Future


Instructor - William Pascal, Principal, Richard Warren & Associates

Back in 2000, the digital health agenda in Canada could only be described as a mess. All jurisdictions, provinces and the Canadian government, and more importantly, their institutions, were either not seriously adopting digital technologies, or were doing their own thing… some, like Alberta and Manitoba, among others, were conducting bold experiments… and failing. In brief, the silos were doing well and were hardening. In 2000, Canada Health Infoway was created and funded to set in place an agenda to accelerate the digitization of the healthcare system in Canada. An agreement with all provinces and territories set out a strategy on how we could proceed in a more coordinated manner in Canada.

Over 15 years have passed. What have we accomplished and more importantly what more needs to be done? William Pascal, our instructor, was present during all the major events over these years and will be sharing his frank views on how things unfolded; the good and the bad. More importantly, he will also share his views on what needs to happen going forward to achieve the benefits that a digital agenda holds for us all. He believes we are between 40 to 50% of the way down the road on this journey and the real hard decisions are still ahead of us.

The presentation and discussion will focus on the policy decisions of the past that have influenced the digital agenda, a national assessment of where we are as of today and a forward look on how the digital agenda needs to be shaped to better support the healthcare sector.

Expected Outcomes

At the end of the presentation and discussion, participants will:

  • have a better understanding about the decisions that have helped and not helped the digital agenda to date.
  • moving forward, have an understanding of how the digital agenda can best be constructed to support the major challenges facing the healthcare system today and in the future.

Intended Audience

This session is intended for professionals in health care, in industry providing products and services and government agencies involved in the developing and deploying digital health in Canada today. It is of particular importance to those:

  • concerned with developing policies to address major healthcare issues.
  • charged with developing and implementing strategies for a digital agenda.
  • who are the end users of this evolving digital delivery environment.
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