Accurate and reliable health data has become imperative, particularly in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a growing recognition that data saves lives. Existing challenges facing Canada’s healthcare system have been exacerbated even as new ones surfaced. These present an opportunity for policy measures that result in meaningful impact particularly through leveraging the power of data.

Despite advances in technology, the needed culture shift within health care is lagging and amplified by the broader policy and governance issues throughout society. We continue to collect data in silos with minimal interaction between different systems. This What We Heard Report highlights key outcomes and discussion threads from a roundtable of experts who discussed next steps to build a pan-Canadian Health Data Strategy, convened by the Public Policy Forum on June 20, 2022, following the release of the third report of the Expert Advisory Group on the Pan-Canadian Health Data Strategy. Along with four leading experts, more than 45 representatives from the healthcare sector convened to discuss what needs to happen now for a successful strategy.

NEXT STEPS: Pan-Canadian Health Data Strategy
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