Canada cautiously moves forward in mHealth

There are both cultural and organizational barriers preventing more Canadians from embracing mobile health innovations--and a prime one is a culture of caution, according to the Financial Post.

"Doctors tend to be quite conservative in terms of making changes, and rightly so, because there's a lot at risk," Ben Wilson, director of Mobile Health at Intel, told the Post. "But this is a case where the culture of caution and taking your time to adopt new technologies has created a barrier to accessing the benefits of mobility. This can be an issue, particularly with older practitioners who may not use smartphones and tablets as widely as their younger colleagues."

Analysts interviewed believe change can happen and Canadian healthcare is already making needed moves to make mHealth a reality. One example, according to the Post, is a program deployed by British Columbia that lets patients use computers to interact with physicians, handle prescriptions and lab orders. Article

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