Technology is transforming health care. Mobile health apps and devices are creating new opportunities for patient monitoring and health promotion. Virtual care innovations are helping physicians reach patients in remote communities. Big data and analytics are yielding deep insights into population health, contributing factors to diseases, clinical effectiveness and more. Around the corner, robotics, 3D printing, nanotechnology, the Internet of Things and virtual and augmented reality will open up new possibilities.
With all this potential, there are also important questions to answer about equitable access, safety, privacy, security, funding and responsibility. The CMA is committed to driving the conversation about technology’s role in Canadian health care and providing resources for physicians to support their use of technology in practice.
of physicians enter or retrieve clinical patient notes electronically
physicians recommend mobile apps to patients
telehealth sessions in 2014 indicating demand for remote medical advice
of Canadians believe new technologies could solve existing issues in our health care system