This session will present the findings of A Healthy Dialogue, one of the largest-ever national public consultations on digital health. The initiative was conducted by Canada Health Infoway in partnership with Environics Research. A Healthy Dialogue engaged with tens of thousands of Canadians from every walk of life, in every one of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories.
In addition to a broad, cross-sectional view of the Canadian general population, the consultation also focused on key demographic groups such as Indigenous peoples, vulnerable/marginalized populations, and residents of remote/rural areas of Canada. We solicited Canadians’ expectations, hopes and concerns about their health system and their attitudes about the role of technology to improve it. Through focus groups, interviews, a national survey, and an online engagement forum, Canadians expressed their views on topics such as:
- How they want the health system to work better for themselves and their families
- Whether technology can play a major role in improving health and health care
- Whether the benefits of digital health technology outweigh the risks
- Which technologies should be the highest priorities for governments
- Perceived barriers to increased adoption of digital health technology
- The role of the private sector in Canada’s health system
The session will present the findings on these and other key questions and themes, and what they imply for the future of digital health technology and health care in Canada.
Jane Holden is a global award-winning expert in project, program and portfolio management. A chartered accountant by training, Jane is a financial and project management executive with over 20 years’ experience leading large multi-disciplinary teams in the successful delivery of complex business and information technology initiatives. As Infoway’s Executive Director, Special Projects, Jane is leading a major initiative that will help Canada prepare for the widespread implementation of promising new health technologies that are expected to reach maturity over a five to ten-year time horizon. This initiative includes A Healthy Dialogue, one of the largest-ever national public consultations on digital health.
Jodi Shanoff is a public affairs executive who applies traditional research methodologies and emerging online approaches to stakeholder and community engagement. Clients leverage Jodi’s expertise to engage with their citizens, members, donors, and clients to maintain meaningful conversations, and obtain timely and relevant feedback on their organizational challenges and objectives.
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