Why a robust health data infrastructure is so important
Unfortunately, in Canada as elsewhere, the state of electronic health records varies widely. Electronic records are heavily skewed towards those who are sick, and therefore lack the necessary coverage of all residents. A government commitment to address these shortcomings—including strong privacy protections and cybersecurity provisions—is paramount.
A woman, wearing a face shield, pictured on July 15, 2020, walking past the Bank of Canada Building on Wellington Street in Ottawa. It has been quite instructive to watch governments around the world—including here in Canada—try to calibrate their response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The limits of our existing crisis strategies are plain to see, writes Anton Ovchinnikov. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade