September 11, 2013
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Health
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
On behalf of the CATA Leadership Council and our members, I would like to congratulate you on your appointment as Minister of Health.
Having viewed your address to the Canadian Medical Association, we were struck by the insightfulness of your view that innovation in the delivery of health care is so very important to the long term sustainability of our health care system. This is a view that we very much support.
The purpose of our letter is to inform you that CATA has recently created a Mobile Health Advisory Board (MHAB), which believes the greater adoption of mobile technology in the healthcare sector would significantly enhance the quality of healthcare services delivered to Canadian citizens, as well as drive cost efficiencies throughout the healthcare system. The Board will identify barriers and obstacles to the use of mobile in the delivery of health care; and set a course to eliminate those barriers and obstacles through collaborative work with public and private sector partners.
Our goal is to bring together a diverse range of stakeholders to participate on MHAB. Our intent is to be collaborative and inclusive and we have already confirmed participation by Bayer Canada, CGI, TELUS Health and others. We are working closely with the Canadian Medical Association, Rx&D, the University of Ottawa as well as individual practitioners. We would welcome participation by your officials.
We support wholeheartedly the views you have expressed regarding the importance of innovation and R&D to the sustainability of the healthcare system. We would suggest that the adoption of technology is equally important.
The focus of our new Board is to spurn adoption of mobile technology in the delivery of healthcare. This is consistent with the priority CATA places on innovation and we would respectively suggest that promoting the use of mobile technology is also consistent with your own initial thoughts about maintaining the integrity and improving the system.
Once again Minister we would like to extend an invitation to your officials to participate in whatever capacity you deem appropriate and we would encourage you to follow our progress.
Wishing you much success in your new portfolio.
J. David Farnes
& Principle Health Care Spokesperson
Copy: Mr. George Da Pont, Deputy Minister