New CMA report addresses growing healthcare generation gap driven by tech-savvy Canadians 18-34
OTTAWA, Aug. 14, 2018 /CNW/ - New findings released today by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) show that young adults between 18 and 34 are frequent users of the healthcare system with a self-reported average of 11 or more visits to a doctor each year. The
"Technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual monitoring provide an opportunity to address the health needs of the Google Generation as they embrace technology in all facets of their lives. The way this generation manages and tracks their health is much different than any other demographic group," says Dr. Laurent Marcoux, CMA President. "To ensure we are ready to tackle this new wave of tech savvy patients, we need to have the right policies as well as action plans to futurize our healthcare ecosystem."
Scaling Up Artificial Intelligence and Virtual VisitsThe findings of an Ipsos survey commissioned by the CMA in May narrowed in on Canadians' perception and acceptance of technology in healthcare. The report, Shaping the Future of Health & Medicine, found that 3 out of 4 Canadians (75%) believe that new technologies could solve existing issues in our health care system.
The report comes on the eve of CMA's inaugural Health Summit, August 20-21 in Winnipeg. The event will assemble more than 700 physicians, policy makers, innovators, patients, and health stakeholders to discuss how technology and innovation can lead to a future of better health.
Among the report's key findings:
"We need to look at this information as a warning sign," adds Dr. Marcoux. "Every generation presents a new challenge to our healthcare system, but with the Google Generation, healthcare is about convenience and timeliness, and the current system does not provide for that."
With more than 700 confirmed participants, the Health Summit will feature some of the country's leading thinkers in the innovation space including: Dr. Peter Diamandis, named by Fortune Magazine as one of the World's 50 Greatest Leaders, Zayna Khayat, Toronto-based Future Strategist and Philip Edgcumbe, health innovator and clinical scientist.
The Canadian Medical Association unites 85,000 physicians and physicians-in-training on national health and medical matters. Formed in Quebec City in 1867, the CMA's rich history of advocacy led to some of Canada's most important health policy changes. As we look to the future, the CMA will focus on advocating for a healthy population and a vibrant profession.
SOURCE Canadian Medical Association
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