HealthcarePapers 20(4) October 2022 : 37-43.doi:10.12927/hcpap.2022.26963

Inequity in Digital Health Planning in Canada

Ewan Affleck


An evaluation of the paper by Falk (2022) in this issue using a word count method found that it omits consideration of substantial efforts, inherent data rights and experiences with virtual care from certain jurisdictions, professions and Indigenous groups. Although equity is positioned as a core policy pillar of virtual care, it is not defined, nor are factors underlying digital health inequity described. Deficits in health informatics training, regulation, pedagogy and research in Canada likely contribute to an inequitable approach to health informatics planning. A commitment to definitional rigour, taxonomic clarity and evidence-informed informatics will help promote digital health equity. 



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