Digital Health Week 2020, which took place November 16-22, is an annual celebration and recognition of how digital health is transforming the delivery of care across Canada as more and more of our health care system becomes digital.
In a turbulent 2020, we have shown we are resilient and innovative. Adoption of digital health tools — from virtual consultations to new apps to access to your personal health information — has accelerated. As a result, people across the country have been able to access the care that they need, and digital health will continue to play an important role in a brighter future.
Digital Health Week brought together Canadians to celebrate this progress and show their support for digital health. Stay tuned for information on Digital Health Week 2021.
Some facts about digital health
of Canadians want technology that makes health care as convenient as other aspects of their lives.
of Canadians want technology that puts them in greater control of their health.
Canadians who sought medical assistance during the pandemic used virtual care.
in benefits from digital health investments since 2007.
Has digital health helped you or your family? Share your story!
Digital health can improve the quality of life for Canadians living with chronic conditions, and this is just what it did for Joy. A remote patient monitoring (telehomecare) program enabled her to get her diabetes under control, decrease her medication consumption, lower her blood pressure and start walking without a cane.
Three ways digital health is transforming care
Access to personal health information
Access to lab results and personal health information helps you better manage your health and wellness.
Faster, more efficient care
Digital health enables your health care team to access your complete health information, which saves time, reduces duplicate tests, and leads to better patient care decisions.
Digital health enables you to connect with your doctor remotely, which improves convenience, and reduces the need to travel and take time off work.
Working Towards a Healthier Canada
Helping to improve the health of Canadians through the use of digital health requires many stakeholders working on many fronts. The pan-Canadian Health Care Organizations (PCHOs), are working on a variety of projects, from enabling patient access to their health records, to ensuring clinicians can connect with each other, to evaluating the benefits of digital health projects.
Learn more about just some of the work that the PCHOs, which includes Canada Health Infoway, Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, Canadian Institute for Health Information, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Canadian Patient Safety Institute and Mental Health Commission of Canada, have been doing: