Patients Canada together with leading healthcare organizations in Canada, is pleased to announce the launch of the first-ever Digital Health Week in Canada, taking place November 10 to 14, 2014. Digital Health Week will be celebrated in a series of announcements, through a TweetChat, webinars and other activities. To learn more or to see a full calendar of events, please visit www.BetterHealthTogether.ca.
From something as small as renewing your prescriptions online, or as significant as accessing your electronic health records in an emergency room, digital health plays an important role in the care of Canadians. Here are a few ways Digital Health is helping Canadians:
Increasingly, Canadians are able to e-book health care appointments. E-booking offers a range of benefits for both patients and clinicians including reduced no-show rates, increased productivity, and enhanced patient and staff satisfaction.
Almost two-thirds of primary care physicians in Canada report using an electronic medical record offering better quality of care and health outcomes through preventive care and chronic disease management.
99 per cent of x-ray, CT and similar scans in Canadian hospitals are digital. Digital diagnostic imaging allows authorized health care providers to collect, store, manage and access images regardless of where they, or their patients, are located.
Laboratory test results for 81 per cent of Canadians are available in electronic form, for access by authorized clinicians. Electronic medical record-integrated settings were able to sort, archive and retrieve a single lab report 87 per cent faster than paper-based practices.
Telehealth videoconferencing is available in 98 per cent of hospitals making Canada a global leader in this area. Telehealth saved more than 47 million kilometres in travel and $70 million in personal travel costs for patients and their families in 2010 alone.