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Physician Changemakers

Dr. Scott Adams

Access to ultrasound services in La Loche, a remote community in northern Saskatchewan, is limited, leaving people who need them to travel long distances. When COVID-19 emerged, access was hindered even further. But Dr. Scott Adams had already been investigating telerobotic sonography technology as a potential solution.

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Expert advisory group on COVID-19 highlights key issues for pandemic recovery

Drawing on the deliberations of its Post-Pandemic Expert Advisory Group, the CMA has issued its first report on the most pressing issues for the medical profession and health care systems in managing COVID-19 over the next year and a half: access to care, long-term care reform, mental health impacts on the health care workforce and innovations in virtual care.

Learn more : Expert advisory group on COVID-19 highlights key issues for pandemic recovery


2020 Abacus Data survey for the CMA

91%

The satisfaction rate of patients using virtual care during the COVID-19 pandemic

2020 Abacus Data survey for the CMA

46%

of Canadians who had the opportunity to use virtual care since the COVID-19 outbreak would prefer a virtual method as a first point of contact with their doctor.

2018 Ipsos survey for the CMA

75%

of Canadians believe new technologies could solve existing issues in our health care system.

CMA 2019 Physician Workforce Survey

91%

of physicians support a system of national licensure that would allow them to practise in all Canadian provinces and territories

CMA activity and submissions

2020

August 7, 2020

CMA pre-budget submission

This submission proposes recommendations to expand public health capacity and primary care access; scaling up virtual care and addressing inequities in access to digital health services; ensuring better care is secured for seniors; and mitigating the risks and financial burdens experienced by physicians and front-line health care workers.

June 8, 2020

Public poll: What Canadians think about virtual care

With the COVID-19 pandemic driving an increase in the use of virtual health care, this national poll examined Canadians’ experience and level of satisfaction with these services

February 11, 2020

Virtual care: Recommendations for scaling up virtual medical services

This report from the Virtual Care Task Force, a joint project between the CMA, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada, outlines 19 recommendations to enable and expand the implementation of virtual care in Canada.
2019

August 12, 2019

CMA Health Summit: “Connected in Care”

The CMA heard from more than 1,000 participants on how to integrate services into a high functioning system of care, foster effective information exchanges, scale up virtual care and more

August 8, 2019

The Future of Connected Health Care

In collaboration with the CMA, Ipsos released this report on Canadians’ perspectives on health care and the advancement of technology such as AI, virtual care and patient platforms

March 18, 2019

National medical organizations come together on virtual care

The CMA, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada launch a task force to examine virtual care technology
2018

August 15, 2018

The Future of Technology in Health and Health Care: A Primer

This discussion paper, sent to participants in advance of the CMA’s 2018 Health Summit, explored the potential of virtual care, big health data and technological developments to revolutionize the delivery of medicine and health care in Canada.

August 14, 2018

Shaping the Future of Health and Medicine

Health care is being re-shaped by technology and artificial intelligence. The CMA commissioned Ipsos to examine the state of public opinion in Canada as it relates to these issues.

March 3, 2018

Best practices for smartphone and smart-device clinical photo taking and sharing

CMA publishes clinical photography best practices to help physicians keep clinical images confidential and protect patient privacy

2017

December 9, 2017

Principles for the protection of patient privacy

CMA publishes a policy on patient privacy that includes guidance and key ethical considerations for physicians

2016

May 20, 2016

Guiding Principles for Physician Electronic Medical Records (EMR) Adoption in Ambulatory Clinical Practice

The CMA publishes guiding principles physicians can use to assess electronic medical record systems (EMRs) for ambulatory clinical practice

February 27, 2016

Guiding Principles for the Optimal Use of Data Analytics by Physicians at the Point of Care

The CMA issues a policy on the use of big data analytics and the key role physicians play in balancing big data insights with patient privacy

2015

May 30, 2015

Guiding principles for physicians recommending mobile health applications to patients

A new CMA policy advises physicians about assessing mobile health apps to determine if they’re suitable to recommend to patients

2014

December 8, 2014

CMA submission to Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation

A CMA submission to the Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation highlights five innovations to support Canada’s growing seniors population, including supportive living models that use technology to help seniors stay in their homes
2012

December 8, 2012

Vision for e-Prescribing: a joint statement by the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Pharmacists Association

In a joint statement with the Canadian Pharmacists Association, the CMA calls for provinces, territories and regulatory organizations to work together to overcome barriers to e-Prescribing in Canada

Tools & Resources


Resources

Public poll: What Canadians think about virtual care

With the COVID-19 pandemic driving an increase in the use of virtual health care, this national poll examined Canadians’ experience and level of satisfaction with these services

Tool

Virtual care playbook for Canadian physicians

This playbook was written to help Canadian physicians introduce virtual patient encounters into their daily practices. While not exhaustive, the playbook covers key considerations for providing safe, effective and efficient care, including how to fit virtual care into your practice workflow, technology requirements and scope of practice.

Resources

Virtual care: Recommendations for scaling up virtual medical services

This report from the Virtual Care Task Force, a joint project between the CMA, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada, outlines 19 recommendations to enable and expand the implementation of virtual care in Canada.  

Resources

Virtual care in Canada: Discussion paper

Sent to participants in advance of the CMA’s 2019 Health Summit, this paper reviews the issues and challenges of making digital health care, and in particular virtual care, a mainstream activity in Canada

Get Involved

Join the conversation

The CMA provides grants and supports communities of interest to help physicians tackle issues that matter to the medical professions and health care in Canada.

Develop innovations

Through Joule innovation programs, the CMA supports physician-led innovation with funding, physician challenges and a showcase of the latest health care technologies.

Related resources


Optimal use of data analytics at the point of care

Read the CMA’s policy on the use of big data analytics to learn more about the key role physicians play in balancing big data insights with patient privacy.

Principles for the protection of patient privacy

Get guidance on key ethical considerations around patient privacy in the CMA’s policy on patient privacy.

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