Every two weeks, I take a look back on the stories that made an impact on me. Here is a roundup of my latest top 10 from December 1-14, 2018.

  1. Amazon Prime, which lets you buy virtually anything Amazon sells and have it delivered within a couple of days, has changed the way we shop. What will happen if that same approach is applied to medical and health products? At least one billionaire is pretty convinced it’s the next step for the online retailer, and if he’s right, chances are the impact to health care may be as game-changing as Amazon was to retail.
  2. In Canada, virtual care is still in its infancy. In China, there are plans to build and deploy hundreds of unstaffed clinics that use AI and smart medicine cabinets to overcome a country-wide physician shortage. Could something like this be used in remote areas of Canada as well?
  3. This article is important because it highlights the major role that nurses play in all healthcare systems across the globe and the importance of ensuring that modern nursing curricula include informatics. By equipping nurses with digital skills, they can better help their patients navigate the digital landscape.
  4. Yoel Robens-Paradise is joining Gevity as our Vice-President, Canada West – BC! Yoel has a long track record of success in digital transformation initiatives and we’re excited to have him on board.
  5. Canadian digital healthcare pioneer Will Falk spoke to us candidly and passionately about his ongoing involvement in a slew of initiatives and his “cautious optimism” for the future of digital health in Canada. It’s a great read and we really appreciate the time he shared with us.
  6. Apple Watch Series 4 users in the U.S. can now take an ECG with their watch. This is a big step in consumer digital health technology, and it increases the expectations consumers/patients have for the sector as a whole.
  7. Canada Health Infoway released a report that identifies an eye-opening delta between physician access to connected health information and the ability Canadian patients have to access digitally enabled health services, such as virtual visits.
  8. A Medisys survey of more than 1,500 Canadian employees found that Canadians really want access to virtual care and are willing to trade off other benefits for it. There is definitely a benefit to employers as well when their staff can reduce the amount of time they take off for medical appointments.
  9. One of the pieces that needs to be in place for virtual care to happen safely, ethically and effectively is HSO’s new Virtual Health Standard. This standard replaces the Telehealth Standard and covers virtual health service design; the role of the patient; ethical and safe virtual health service; and patient records.
  10. Forbes Magazine profiled Canada’s MaRS incubator. It’s great to see this initiative getting the recognition it deserves!