Survey suggests how Canadians are ready for increased role of technology in health care tech

According to a new study, Canadians are open to the idea of accepting health care tech, in spite of privacy concerns over their personal data.

On Thursday, the results of Ipsos survey were released, which was carried out on Canadian Medical Association’s behalf. The report released was titled ‘The Future of Connected Heath Care’ and was centered on how Canadians feel about health care tech, including virtual appointments and robot-assisted surgery. The poll was taken by 2,005 18+ Canadians, between the 26th of June and the 2nd of July. According to the results, 84% of the survey takers were in favor of the idea of being able to access their health care information on electronic devices, 71% of the survey takers imagine a future where they can take online appointments with doctors, 64% believe how health care tech would lead to quicker and more efficient treatment, whereas 69% of the survey takers were of the idea that having access to an electronic platform as such would result in fewer medical errors. Health care technology is already helping patients out, according to 63% of the survey takers, health care tech has bettered their general experience of healthcare.

When speaking to CTV news, the president of the Canadian Medical Association, Dr. Gigi Osler stated how Canadians are eagerly awaiting more health care tech.

She added how the health-care system still depends on pagers and fax machines and needs an upgrade to reflect how much of our lives connect through technology; she pointed to the widespread use of smartphones apps for banking, social media and online shopping.

Aude Motulsky, who studies electronic medical records and tools for patient care at the University of Montreal’s Hospital Research Centre, said “Canada has a lot of work to do to increase the public trust and make sure promises of benefits are not counterbalanced by risks.”