A Path Forward for Data Sharing in Canada

The COVID-19 pandemic and the increased use of virtual care have intensified the calls for timely and accurate data sharing in Canada. We can answer the calls by taking a collaborative pan-Canadian approach to secure data sharing in a digital environment that empowers patients and clinicians while protecting patient information. Canada Health Infoway recently published a white paper that champions this approach. It was developed through a literature review, key reports published during the pandemic, and consultations with stakeholders including privacy commissioners and privacy leaders, clinicians, patients and health technology providers. Read the white paper, and read the article by Infoway’s Abigail Carter-Langford in the December issue of Hospital News (page 9).