The coming together of digital technologies with the provision of medicine is meant to improve efficiency and enhance patient care. At the Partners in the Power of Information Sharing conference, hosted by IMAGINE CITIZENS Collaborating for Health and the O’Brien Institute for Public Health, participants learned about digital solutions to improve health care experiences and outcomes, and how they can become active partners in shaping how technology will boost their health care system. The event, held at the Red and White Club in Calgary with remote locations in Edmonton and Peace River, was well-attended with 228 in-person participants and over 300 livestream participants throughout the province.
Health and technology literacy
The day-long event included four keynotes and an afternoon panel discussion on the power of digital health. The presenters discussed what is in development for digital medicine tools and what is available now, as well as shared personal patient experience stories that have inspired them to seek change and technological advancements. One of the presentations was Improving Care Coordination and Care Quality with Technology, delivered by Larry Sylvestre, President, X-Tend Consulting
Improving Care Coordination and Care Quality with Technology
Larry Sylvestre, President, X-Tend Consulting
Through technology, health care is becoming consumer-oriented, predictive, hyper-personalized and people-powered as consumers are increasingly being provided with options to manage aspects of their own care. While Canada has one health care system, PCNs and individual physicians - from a government and operational perspective – are seen as separate entities, so the data are disconnected and care is not coordinated.
Artificial intelligence holds promise in addressing some health care challenges, but it needs data to unlock its true machine-learning potential. There are a lot of opportunities for AI to improve health care: