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Digital Health in Canada: Legal Framework and Infrastructure

Broadband access dictates the offer

To be able to use services such as cloud computing, telemedicine, e-learning or business support systems (BSS), Canadians need internet access with speeds of at least 50 Mbps for downloads and 10 Mbps for uploads (50/10 Mbps). The Canadian telecommunications regulator, CRTC, now counts 86 percent of all households with these requirements. The difference between rural areas and cities is huge. According to the CRTC, only around 40 percent of Canadians living in the countryside currently have these speeds.

The government aims to provide 90 percent of Canadians with 50/10 Mbps Internet connections by 2021. This means that around 1.5 million households will still be undersupplied next year. In the medium term - by 2026 - around 95 percent of households and commercial users should then have access to 50 / 10Mbps Internet. In 2030, all Canadians, regardless of where they live, can hope for it.

Lots of patient data - no nationwide electronic health record

In Canada, digital patient records and health information are generally covered by the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). Almost all provinces, including Ontario, have separate laws for handling private health information.

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The national electronic health record is still a project in Canada. There are already good prerequisites. Doctors' offices and hospitals use digital recording of health data almost everywhere in the country (94 percent). However, there is no coordination of such records and various, incompatible recording systems for laboratories, hospitals, general practitioners and pharmacists make efficient treatment difficult. CHI is now working with the provinces on a network for compatible recording systems that will enable the seamless exchange of patient data.

The digital prescription is already a reality, is called "PrescribeIT" in Canada and will soon be available to doctors and pharmacies nationwide. The service launched by CHI has only been used in five provinces, including Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Agreements with the remaining provinces have already been signed.

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