Steven Huesing Virtual Debates – First Debate

About a month ago I wrote a blog post about the The Steven Huesing Debates on Digitizing Canada’s Healthcare System. This virtual debate series is intended provide a platform to engage all stakeholders in open, unfettered discussions about the about the major issues impacting eHealth adoption and use, 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 took place on 12 April 2011 and the public commenting period is now open. You can find information about the debate series as well as a recording and written synopsis of the first debate here.

I urge readers of this blog to participate in the virtual debate. Please check out the virtual debate website and offer your thoughts and comments. In particular, please offer your thoughts on the topics to be discussed In future debate sessions. The currently identified topics include:

  • Patients as co-creators/owners: Should the HIT agenda change to build the infrastructure that ensures personal health information rests with the patient who shares it with others? Do you want patients to genuinely become a co-creators—to share power
  • Aligning business models to incent using these systems: What changes in the current approach (business model and incentives) are necessary to speed up adoption and change processes of care to drive out more value?
  • The need for e-health policy: The technology roll-out is advancing before we have e-health policies in place. What policies are needed to address challenges or potential barriers?
  • Regulation vs. government edict: What would be the best approach to creating a carrot and/or stick regime to speed up adoption by clinicians?
  • The right balance between top-down and bottom-up to drive the agenda: Is HIT in Canada emphasizing a more grassroots agenda driven by the patient and providers rather than a top-down approache driven by governments?
  • Do we need a higher sense of urgency with the HIT agenda? If the answer is yes, then what do we do to build this into decision making and implementation?

What are your thoughts on these proposed topics? Are there additional topics that should be considered? Please go here to participate. Also, please let people in your own networks know about the debate series and encourage them to participate



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