Posted on March 21, 2014 by Shelagh Maloney
A recent paper by Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation, “It’s All About Me: The Personalization of Health Systems” discusses the importance of personalizing health systems. “There is increasing evidence that not only are individuals ready to manage their own health and wellness, they are actively seeking out strategies and tools to take charge of their health and to change the way they access health services,” the paper states.
Among the recommendations the paper makes, is a call for health care to “get connected” and put digital tools in the hands of the health care team (including the patient) and to “Democratize information to empower people to take charge of their health and wellness.” We couldn’t agree more!
In fact, many Canadians and their clinicians are already getting connected and democratizing the access to information. Showcasing how digital health is improving the patient experience is a major component of Canada Health Infoway’s Better Health Together campaign. Here are some stories.
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Shelagh Maloney is responsible for driving the implementation and adoption of patient-centred digital health solutions and patient engagement activities. She oversees evaluation efforts that measure the benefits of digital health investments in Canada and leads the development and execution of all of Infoway’s communications and marketing efforts.