e-Patient Services enhance patient experience leading to better health outcomes, productivity
TORONTO, March 7, 2017 /CNW/ - When Canadians have access to their health information, they are better equipped to be an integral part of their health care team. Access to health information and other consumer e-services is leading to some important health care
"Consumer digital health solutions, also known as consumer e-services, are designed to improve Canadians' access to their health information, encourage better communication with health care providers and empower them to be more involved in their care," explained Michael Green, President and CEO at Infoway. "Consumer health solutions are one of Infoway's priorities because we know that improving the patient experience improves patient health and will unlock value for the health care system."
Consumer digital health solutions, whether online or through mobile devices, include: e-booking, which enables Canadians to book and manage their appointments online; e-visits which provide the ability to consult healthcare providers via secure email/messaging or videoconference; e-prescription renewal or refill which gives the ability to request a medication renewal or a refill online; and e-views which provide access to a patient's health record including clinical information such as laboratory test results.
According to the United Kingdom's National Health Service (NHS) report, Feeling Better? Improving patient experience in hospital, organizations with strong emphasis on providing high-quality patient experience have found that it is linked to better health outcomes and improved productivity and efficiency, which has been demonstrated in a number of Infoway projects.
Benefits for Canadians
Benefits for Clinicians & the Health System
Canada Health Infoway continues to focus on investing in consumer digital health solutions that empower patients to better manage their health and improve access, communication, and collaboration between patients and their health care team.
Visit Infoway's website to learn more about Consumer Health e-Patient Services or Infoway's digital health investment projects nationwide.
About Canada Health Infoway
Infoway helps to improve the health of Canadians by working with partners to accelerate the development, adoption and effective use of digital health across Canada. Through our investments, we help deliver better quality and access to care and more efficient delivery of health services for patients and clinicians. Infoway is an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the federal government.
1 Impacts of Direct Patient Access to Laboratory Results – Final Report2 Nova Scotia Personal Health Record Demonstration Project - Benefits Evaluation Report3 Epic EHR Program: MyChart Consumer Health Solutions Benefits Evaluation Report (Pilot) 4 Holland Bloorview: Connect2care Benefits Evaluation – Results and Final Report 5 Ontario Shores' HealthCheck Patient Portal Benefits Evaluation Report6 Group Health Centre: myCARE Benefits Evaluation and Final Report 7 Adoption, Use and Effects of an e-appointment System: Results of a Quebec Showcase Project8 Virtual Visits in British Columbia: 2015 Patient Survey and Physician Interview Study9 Health Quality Innovation Collaboration (HQIC): miDASH, Consumer Health Solution Benefits Evaluation
SOURCE Canada Health Infoway
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