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Digital Health Myths

  • Infoway Launches Digital Health Myths-Busting Campaign

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    Posted on May 16, 2017 by Poonam Khanna Follow @PoonamKhanna “I won’t understand my lab results if I access them online.” “The introduction of virtual visits means I won’t see my doctor anymore.” “The government and insurance companies will be able to...

  • Canada has Gained Many Benefits from its Investments in Digital Health

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    Posted on July 4, 2017 by Bobby Gheorghiu In this week’s post, I would like to address two myths that have persisted over the years, partly due to lack of public awareness and/or the fact that many investments in digital health infrastructure may not...

  • The Evolving Story of Digital Health

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    Posted on June 20, 2017 by Dr. Rashaad Bhyat Follow @DrRBhyat The story of digital health in Canada has taken many twists and turns over the years, but steadily, we are approaching a point of critical mass.

  • Navigating the Realities of Citizens’ Access to their Heath Information: Direct Access to Laboratory Results in Canada

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    Posted on August 29, 2017 by Chad Leaver Follow @chadnandrew Across the world, citizen’s access to their own health information through secure online tools are becoming a hallmark of modernized health care systems and a catalyst for advancing access to...

  • Myth: I Won’t Understand My Lab Results If I Access Them Online Because They Are Too Complicated

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    18 April 2017

    Myth: I won’t understand my lab results if I access them online because they are too complicated. Fact: In a study, 76% of patients who first saw their lab results online were confident they understood the results. The study also showed patients who...

  • Myth: The Quality of Care Offered in a Virtual Visit is Not as Good as the Care in a Face-to-Face Visit

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    12 June 2017

    Myth: The quality of care offered in a virtual visit is not as good as the care in a face-to-face visit. Fact: While in-person visits are essential in some cases, there are many scenarios in which virtual visits can provide the same standard of care. A...

  • Myth: If Patients Are Able to View Lab Test Results Online Before Talking to Their Doctors, They Will Be Overly Anxious

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    07 April 2017

    Myth: If patients are able to view lab test results online before talking to their doctors, they will be overly anxious. Fact: Patients who view their results online are no more anxious than those who wait to learn about them in person. A study showed...

  • Myth: Doctors Will Be Flooded With Calls If Patients Have Access to Their Lab Results Online

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    07 April 2017

    Myth: Doctors will be flooded with calls if patients have access to their lab results online. Fact: Patients who have access to their lab results online are less likely to call their physicians while waiting for results and they’re less likely to have...

  • Myth: Patients Don’t Want to See Their Health Information and Won’t Find the Information Useful

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    15 May 2017

    Myth: Patients don’t want to see their health information and won’t find the information useful. Fact: Currently, 79 per cent of Canadians say they can access or would like access to their health information online. Furthermore, Canadians who do have...

  • Myth: Digital Health is Just for Health Care Providers

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    01 May 2017

    Myth: Digital health is just for health care providers. Fact: 50% of Canadians now report they can access at least one health service online, such as viewing their health information, making an appointment with a physician and consulting with a health...

  • Myth: There Has Been Little to No Progress in Digital Health in Canada

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    08 May 2017

    Myth: There has been little to no progress in digital health in Canada. Fact: 85% of family physicians in Canada were using an electronic medical record (EMR) in 2017, up from 23% in 2006. An estimated 330,000 health care professionals are users of...

  • Myth: The Government and Insurance Companies Will be Able to See My Digital Health Records

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    18 June 2017

    Myth: The government and insurance companies will be able to see my digital health records. Fact: All provinces and territories in Canada have laws that protect the confidentiality of your personal health information.Governments and insurance companies...

  • Myth: Canada Has Spent Billions of Dollars on Digital Health With Nothing to Show For It

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    07 April 2017

    Myth: Canada has spent billions of dollars on digital health with nothing to show for it. Fact: Infoway estimates that more than $30 billion in benefits have accrued from digital health solutions since 2007. These benefits include avoided expenses, such...

  • Myth: I Don’t Have a Right to Access My Health Record

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    06 April 2017

    Myth: I don’t have a right to access my health record. Fact: Your health care provider is the custodian (trustee) of your health record and is responsible for proper use and management of the record. However, the information in the record is yours and...

  • Digital Health Myths

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    Digital health is transforming the way Canadians access health care as more and more are able to view their personal health history online, connect with their care provider through a virtual setting, and e-book medical appointments. It has also changed...

  • Myth: Digital Health Will Marginalize Populations Who May Not Have Online Access

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    23 May 2017

    Myth: Digital health will marginalize populations who may not have online access. Fact: Canada is one of the most connected nations in the world and 90% of Canadians have Internet access. Additionally, many Canadians face barriers to accessing care —...

  • Myth: Digital Health is Only for the Young and Tech Savvy

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    24 April 2017

    Myth: Digital health is only for the young and tech savvy. Fact: Canadians are very connected, including seniors. 90% of Canadian households have Internet access and 74% of Canadians over 55 years old own a smartphone or tablet. Digital health also...

  • Myth: Digital Health Apps Are Not Evidence-based and Do Not Work

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    Posted on July 18, 2017 by Bobby Gheorghiu Infoway recently launched a digital health myths busting campaign , and as part of the campaign, we asked you to submit myths you’d like us to bust. One myth you asked us to debunks was, “Digital health apps...

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