Late last year a small group of people decided that a mechanism was needed to engage more people in active discussion regarding the digitization of Canada’s healthcare system. Until now, very little real debate about the current healthcare IT agenda has occurred. Discussions to date have tended to focus on system manager needs and not so much on health outcomes. Most key stakeholders have had little say — providers, vendors, researchers and, most importantly, patients.
The Steven Huesing Debates on Digitizing Canada’s Healthcare System provide a platform to engage all stakeholders in open, unfettered discussions about the main unresolved issues, such as:
- Measuring the return on value to the patient
- Improving quality and safety
- Data sharing to respect the privacy rights of patients
- The appropriateness of the current agenda
The debates will be conducted virtually and will include a public commenting period. The first debate will take place at noon eastern time on 12 April 2011 and will focus. The debates and the commenting period that follows are open to anyone who wishes to add a comment. There is no cost for participation. You can find more details here. I encourage you to participate in what I hope will be a lively and informative debate series.