ROBO DOC: Canada ready for health care to become virtual, CMA report
Torontosun.com - Fri 9 Aug 22:27 GMT

As technology quickly becomes a big part of our lives from online banking to shopping and even dating, Canadians say it’s time our health care system catches up.A new study by the Canadian Me…

  As technology quickly becomes a big part of our lives from online banking to shopping and even dating, Canadians say it’s time our health care system catches up.

  A new study by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) suggests Canadians believe integrating technology with health care is  a step in the right direction.

  “The report makes it clear that Canadians believe the health care system needs an upgrade Many in favour of the advancement say it would help keep track of appointments, allow access and sharing rights to complete medical histories, and help book appointments through robots.

  However skeptics are concerned that “seamless” virtual care would remove the human connection and compassion that doctors and medical care professionals offer in person — and may be why both government and health care professionals won’t be as enthusiastic to make the switch.

  She firmly believes technology would provide a more connected health care experience that could make more time for doctors to be available for their patients.

  “Let’s have technology take care of the more mundane administrative tasks and focus on increasing the human touch and compassion,” said Dr. Osler.

  Taking place in Toronto next week, the two-day 2019 CMA Health Summit will see more than 850 physicians, policymakers, innovators, patients, and stakeholders discuss the future of Canada’s healthcare system.