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Will technology save our ailing health-care system?

St. Michael's staff in Toronto, Ontario Canada take part in a simulation of a surgery in a pandemic situation with standards set by the CSA Standards following the introduction of a new national standard to help hospitals and other health care facilities reduce infections, plan for pandemics.

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Canada's universal health-care system has come a long way. Our life expectancy (81 years) is one of the best in the world. Innovation has helped older adults lead better quality, longer lives. Public health intervention and new therapies have helped prevent and remedy disease. But, as Richard Alvarez argues in an opinion piece on the topic, there are still improvements to be made and technology should not be ignored.

Mr. Alvarez, who is president and CEO of Canada Health Infoway, cites digital scans, services like telehealth, and drug information systems as a few ways electronic health innovation can improve waiting times, access and patient safety. He has been integral in developing electronic health records in Canada. He answered questions on the many ways technology can innovate health care during a live discussion Thursday.

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