Is the Future of Canadian Healthcare Closer Than We Think?
Simply by using our phones, Canadians can buy a movie ticket, monitor their home security, do their banking, buy and sell stocks, etc.—but while the future seemingly arrived in almost every industry and aspect of our lives, we continue to wait for the future of Canadian healthcare.
Appointments are still made by phone, doctors are still bound to paper and clipboards, and, as patients, we remain largely uninformed about our health and passive in our own care. But might a new healthcare model closer than we think?
As the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), known to most as ObamaCare, continues its roll out in the US, Canada’s federal government has also been busy, making a string of recent investments in e-health technologies that benefit Canadians through improvements in patient access to service, the quality of healthcare and the efficiency of the system.
Currently underway in Ontario, for instance, is the federally funded Connected Health and Wellness Project (CHWP), a new initiative that will allow patients to access and share their health records with their family, friends and care teams—including a certified health coach—to collaboratively manage their health and wellness.
Led by York University, NexJ Systems, and McMaster University, the CHWP is a unique collaboration of 18 academic, healthcare, and industry partners who share a single compelling vision that puts people at the centre of managing their health and wellness. People-centered health is simply about giving individuals the tools they need to take more responsibility for their own health—enabling each and every individual to be as well as they can be.