OTTAWA, Aug. 8, 2019 /CNW/ - New findings released today in a Canadian Medical Association (CMA) report show more and more Canadians believe that connecting data, technology and innovation can help cure their ailing health care system. The report, entitled The future of connected health care, explores Canadians' perspectives on health care today and the
"Today, we've become accustomed to doing almost everything online. And Canadians are clear: they want the same when it comes to managing their health and their journey through the health care system," says Dr. Gigi Osler, CMA president. "We need everyone, including various levels of government, to help our strained medical system overcome many hurdles – from funding to regulations to policies."
Within the next 10 years, Canadians expect the health care system to catch up to other industries in offering an online experience. From tracking appointments online (79% think this is likely to happen), to being able to access and share complete medical history with any doctor or health professional at any time (77%) and even booking medical appointments through a robot (72%), Canadians believe that by 2029, health care will be more accessible and will have a more positive impact on their lives. However, they remain concerned about Canada's ability to adopt virtual care, believing that governments, physicians and patients have been slow to embrace readily available methods.
Among the report's key findings:
The Ipsos poll was conducted between June 26th and July 2nd, 2019, on behalf of the CMA. For this survey, a sample of 2,005 Canadians aged 18+ were interviewed. The poll is accurate to within ±2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
The report comes on the eve of the 2019 CMA Health Summit (Aug. 12-13), which will see more than 850 physicians, policy-makers, innovators, patients, and health stakeholders converge on Toronto to discuss how to create a more connected health care system for Canadians.
The event will feature leading thinkers in the innovation space, including:
Since 1867, the Canadian Medical Association has been the national voice of Canada's medical profession. We work with physicians, residents and medical students on issues that matter to the profession and the health of Canadians. We advocate for policy and programs that drive meaningful change for physicians and their patients.
SOURCE Canadian Medical Association
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