Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Canadian Home Care Association to Advance Information Technology Agenda in Home Care

OTTAWA, June 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA) has entered into a partnership with Canada Health Infoway to lead a national project on technology in home care. The project - Integration through Information Communication Technology in Home Care in Canada - will begin immediately and will result in a better understanding for the potential of and readiness for information communication technology (ICT) in the home care
sector across Canada.

The Project will support the CHCA's goal of building a national knowledge base on technology in the home and community sector and exploring challenges and opportunities for current and future applications.

"As Canada's population continues to age and grow, Canadians will increasingly rely on home care services to meet their health care needs," said Richard Alvarez, President and CEO of Canada Health Infoway, a federally funded not-for-profit organization which invests with public sector partners to accelerate electronic health records across Canada. "Our ultimate objective through this investment is to help increase access to home care by fostering more efficient ways to deliver care through technology."

Key components of the project include surveying home care experts across Canada, hosting a pan-Canadian roundtable and sharing knowledge at a special workshop at the CHCA's Home Care Summit in December.

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