This member policy proposal, submitted by Dr. Kendall Ho of British Columbia to the CMA in September 2018, proposes CMA policy focused on raising digital health literacy to support health system transformation in Canada and globally.
Member proposals are a year-round intake and consultation process that are intended to provide opportunities for members to contribute to CMA policy development. Member proposals will address policy issues that matter to the medical profession and patients and will be evaluated on the basis of their relevancy, fit and focus with the CMA’s mandate.
This proposal was submitted to the CMA’s Member Policy Proposals Review Group. Following assessment by the review group, it was approved by the CMA board for consultation to obtain feedback for further consideration and development. Stakeholders were invited to share their feedback on the draft policy between Jan. 14 and Mar. 6, 2019.
Digital health — the use of digital technologies to deliver health services and capture data for population health — brings fresh solutions to our health system challenges, which include gaps in access, quality and cost-effectiveness. The general public is increasingly interested in digital health technologies such as health apps, wearables and patient portals. The general public and health professionals need digital health literacy — the awareness of and knowledge for appropriate use of digital health solutions — to ensure they are not overwhelmed or misguided as they make choices about using the rapidly increasing solutions in the digital health marketplace.
This proposed policy calls for adoption of the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) recent resolution on digital health, which calls for member states to implement digital health strategies. Five strategies are proposed in this proposal to support health professionals and patients in digital health uptake and to partner with our government and private sectors to transform our health system.
Thank you for your feedback on the proposal. The consultation period is now closed. Please visit the community engagement platform for updates on the status of the policy in the coming weeks.