Key takeaways from A Healthy Dialogue include:
- Increased experiences with virtual care, such as telephone and online appointments with health care professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic, have resulted in a heightened appetite among Canadians for the benefits associated with new technological health care interventions.
- While Canadians are excited about some of the “futuristic” benefits that can come from advanced medical technologies, including tools like Artificial Intelligence, great focus is being placed on how technologies can address “first order” challenges in the Canadian health care system – challenges such as improving access to care and ensuring equity of services for all Canadians.
- The greatest barrier to the usage of digital health technologies for Canadians is a concern about the safety of personal health care data when accessed through digital tools.
- Other barriers to the use of digital health technologies include social issues such as socio-economic status, community of residence and health literacy, as well as technical issues, such as access to technology and technological literacy.