eHealth is the use of information and communication technologies to support, educate, inform and connect health care professionals and the people they serve.
Health Canada's eHealth Solutions Unit (eHSU) works to develop eHealth tools to support the use of health technology in Canada's First Nations and Inuit communities to be connected, informed, and ultimately healthier. Their overall aim is to enable front line health care providers working in First Nations and Inuit communities to improve people's health through innovative eHealth partnerships, technologies, tools and services. eHealth is about providing the right information to the right people at the right time.
As many First Nations and Inuit communities are in remote locations, the development of innovative eHealth partnerships, tools, services and technologies is integral to the overall improvement of First Nations and Inuit health. Some examples of the many benefits that can be realized by communities include:
Please note: not all components of the eHealth toolbox are available in all regions. Please contact the regional office to identify availability.
Developing successful eHealth solutions requires combining knowledge and technology in several key areas. These are the tools that make up the eHealth toolbox.
The eHealth Solutions Unit has been a pioneer in developing innovative eHealth solutions within Canada's First Nations and Inuit communities and the world. The Alberta First Nations TeleHealth Program (AFNTP) is an initiative aimed at redefining health care service delivery for First Nations communities in the Alberta Region - an area that includes roughly 700,000 hectares of reserve land on which some 58,000 people live on 123 reserves within 44 First Nations. The following four success stories illustrate some of the ways in which the eHealth Solutions Unit is changing the way health care is delivered to First Nations and Inuit communities in Canada.
To learn more about how Health Canada supports eHealth solutions in Canada for First Nations and Inuit communities, please contact the eHealth Solutions Unit in your region.