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Health information policy and ehealth

Information systems, used appropriately in health care delivery, have the potential to improve the quality of care and create efficiencies in the system. Health information policy and ehealth is a sub-section of CMA’s Health Policy and Research department. Our objective is to clarify and develop policies and frameworks that determine how health data is managed by physicians in collaboration with their health care organizations and health IT vendors. We also collaborate with policy makers to accelerate the adoption and enhanced use of electronic health records.

We work primarily with provincial and territorial medical associations, the Canadian Medical Protective Association, the colleges of medicine, and intergovernmental bodies like Canada Health Infoway. We collaborate to identify and remove obstacles to fully interconnected and electronically enabled medical practice, be they technical or cultural.

Our portfolio is connected to others in health research and policy, like Public Health and Quality Improvement. We collaborate with the Specialist Forum on Clinical Practice Variation, the GP Forum on e-referrals, the Patient Forum on patients’ access to their electronic health record, the core committees on a number of initiatives, particularly related to education and continuing professional development, and apply a health information policy lens to key CMA initiatives like Health Care Transformation and Choosing Wisely.