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Digital Health Myths

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 Introduction of Virtual Visits Means I Won’t See My Doctor Anymore

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    29 May 2017

    Myth: The introduction of virtual visits means I won’t see my doctor anymore. Fact: Face-to-face visits will remain a cornerstone of primary care, but sometimes an in-person visit isn’t required. According to research, patients who opt for virtual...

  • 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. 88.5% of Canadian households have Internet access. Digital health offers important opportunities for advancing care for seniors through...

  • 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: 69% of Canadians who don’t currently have online access to their medical records would like access. Growth in the availability of digital health services for Canadians more than doubled...

  • 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: Substantial progress has been made in Canada, with the key components of Canadians’ health records now 93.8% digitized and available electronically. Digital...

  • Myth: Patient-Doctor Relationships Suffer When There is a Computer Screen in the Exam Room

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    05 June 2017

    Myth: Patient-doctor relationships suffer when there is a computer screen in the exam room. Fact: Technology does not impact the quality of the interaction. In fact, electronic records provide complete patient information and historical information at...

  • 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: Many Canadians face barriers to access to care and virtual care helps reduce those barriers. Digital health can also reduce marginalization for people with mobility...

  • Myth: My Doctor Receives All the Information Needed to Provide My Care

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    21 July 2017

    Myth: My doctor receives all the information needed to provide my care. Fact: There is still work to be done to connect points of information. 1 in 5 patient interactions in primary care environments and 1 in 3 in long-term care settings were found to...

  • 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: The key components of Canadians’ health records are now 93.8% digitized and available electronically. 73% of family physicians in Canada were using an electronic medical...

  • Myth: Virtual Visits Are Only for Patients Living in Remote Communities

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    06 April 2017

    Myth: Virtual visits are only for patients living in remote communities. Fact: Canada is a world leader in the use of telehealth, which has revolutionized access to care in remote communities. In fact, many Canadians face barriers to accessing care...

  • 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 an...

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

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    06 April 2017

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

  • 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: Allowing Patients to Book Appointments Online (e-Booking) Means Clinicians Will Lose Control Over Their Schedule and Won’t be Able to See Urgent Cases

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    07 April 2017

    Myth: Allowing patients to book appointments online (e-booking) means clinicians will lose control over their schedule and won’t be able to see urgent cases. Fact: e-Booking can allow physicians to customize their schedules so they can block time for...

  • 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: 69% of Canadians who don’t currently have online access to their medical records would like access. Furthermore, Canadians who do have access find it...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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