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Wednesday, February 10 • 14:20 - 14:40
Student Speaker: "Health Care Reform: The National Electronic Health Record Approach"

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The current health care system is costly and inefficient. The attempts that the governments have made have neither improved the situation nor achieved a reform. A national electronic health record (EHR) is an application of information technology into government functions that directly relate to all citizen’s lives and its social impacts exceed its technical impacts. The implementation of EHR requires federal leadership, a new interpretation of Canadian Health Act, and a culture that welcomes changes. The application of a national EHR will ensure that information control and monitor are at the federal level, which will catalyse competition, innovation, and more standardized performance evaluation. The debate on privacy and security in the online environment, the source of initial cost of implementation, and the objections from regions and citizens are the main obstacles, which will hinder the applications of strategies, such as cutting federal funding. Australia’s health care system is similar to Canada’s. However, Australia has managed to build a national EHR, which expects to generate $11.5 billion in the net direct benefits over the period of 2010-2015. The strategies of implementing Australian EHR, costs, and benefits can be used as references for Canada when implementing a national HER, which will initiate a transformation of health culture and achieve cost-efficiency, competition, and capacity. Only then Canadian health care will achieve reform. 

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Scarlett Kelly

Currently in the joint Master of Library and Information Studies and Master of Public Administration program at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS, Scarlett Kelly has a diverse academic and professional background includes English literature, consecutive interpretation, science, health, research, administration, finance, budgeting, project management, marketing, and database management. Passionate about health care and fascinated by the positive... Read More →

Wednesday February 10, 2016 14:20 - 14:40
McInnes Room @ Dalhousie Student Union Building 6136 University Avenue, Halifax, NS, B3H 4J2, 2nd floor

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