Canadian healthcare sector is known to be slower to embrace technology than other industries. But mounting pressures resulting from inefficiencies and suboptimal quality of service forces healthcare to re-evaluate the role of technology in its delivery.
Hospitals under financial pressures struggle to maintain high level of quality of care. The rising healthcare cost across the board is pressing more and more healthcare facilities to be under financial stress. As a result, new models of care are needed to shift away from our older model to create efficiency and lower costs.
The shifts in healthcare are happening now, and are creating a wave of unprecedented driving forces to the adoption of ehealth.
A strong barrier that impeded ehealth adoption before was misaligned financial incentives. The new care models reorganize the way in which care is reimbursed and delivered to reward efficiency and good outcomes. This is key to driving the adoption of ehealth. With a plethora of evidence demonstrating ehealth technologies reducing costs and improving outcomes, ehealth becomes an ideal option to meet the needs of new care models.
There are 3 main shifts in healthcare driving the adoption of ehealth (click on the link to read more about each shift):