Canadians Say Yes To High-Tech Health Care
We are a people obsessed with good health. A recent Ipsos survey reveals that Canadians will do anything in their power to facilitate instant access to medical care and medical advice, even if that means willingly relinquishing control (or at least, the little control we have left) of our personal and medical data to big-tech corporations like Apple or Google. We want 24-our access to personal health-care, even if that means having to trade in a measure of privacy in the barter for sound health and peace of mind.
But the all-seeing data-eye aside, most Canadians indicated that they full well believed that a more “connected” health care system would bring about some key benefits such as virtual bookings (and even virtual consultations!) leading to reduced waiting times at doctors’ rooms, machine-assisted surgery leading to overall better health and post-surgical care, etc.
Many of the survey’s participants indicated that they believed that technology already improved the overall state of health services in the country. Of the 2005 participants, roughly 68% answered in the affirmative when asked whether they believed that technology assisted their doctors and health care professionals to keep in touch and keep the communication and information flowing in a more effective manner.
63% of the respondents indicated that it was their firm belief that technology already greatly improved their overall experience when confronted with an issue of health or when having to interact with health care services in general.
The Price Is Ours To Pay
Most of us, it seems, are quite happy to grant access to our most personal and sensitive information, being our medical and health care records, to complete strangers. Given that this necessarily implies optimised health care, of course.
80% of all respondents agreed that a central health database offering instant access to entire medical histories would enable medical personnel to render their services more efficiently. Most people will agree that access to information in an emergency medical situation can save a life and so the majority support in favour of a functional countrywide national health information platform isn’t surprising.
To say that Canadians aren’t at all worried about a possible intrusion on privacy in general would not be true. Many of the survey participants cited this as a possible downside, along with a loss of human connection and opening of the door to paid private health care. But the concerns are but a drop in the mostly positive bucket and it appears as if Canada is ready to embrace a full-on medical technology revolution.