Goal 3: Good Health & Well-being

Christopher Rice

How Might We

... improve patient care through health information technology in a primary care setting?



In 1972, all provinces and territories had implemented a federally assisted health care program for their citizens. Since then, there have been a number of health care initiatives and acts implemented at a federal and provincial level. The focus of these programs have varied, however, they all have one clear objective: to increase the quality of care provided to Canadian citizens.

A prominent component of almost all initiatives is an increased involvement of health information technology. This technology can commonly be seen in your family physicians office in the form of the electronic medical records system that your doctor enters information into.

A patient’s journey through health care involves a number of stakeholders, but there are also a number of barriers (patient and physician) that may prevent a patient from receiving the best care.