Quebec is set to launch digital health booklets to support its citizens
The Montreal Gazette has recently announced that in January, Quebec citizens will be able to look up their recent test results in a new ‘digital booklet’. With ambitions to give greater control in the daily management of patients’ healthcare, the move will give patients greater control and create transparency, something which the healthcare sector routinely lacks.
Similar to an online bank account, the digital platform will instead enable patients to book routine appointments and review prescribed medicines.
Announced by Wellbeing Minister Gaétan Barrette, he has explained that the booklet will be “consumer-pleasant, straightforward-to-use and safe software that may permit Quebecers to raised handle their wellbeing and contribute extra to the success of the remedies provided to them.”
“I’m satisfied that the general public and wellbeing professionals will see the constructive results of this new service,” he added.
Costing over $10mn, the system will be expensive to maintain, but provide greater rewards to patients.
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However, there has been fierce criticism from the Archivists’ Association, who were not bought in to discuss or support the implementation of the digital system.
Concerns have been raised surrounding the significant gaps which will be apparent in patients’ digital records as many will not be fully digitised. Such a small time frame to get the system up and running also looks increasingly unrealistic. Additionally, a lack of medical knowledge is bound to make many patients anxious of what may be recorded.
“For someone who is not that knowledgeable about medical aspects, if they read that their white-blood cell count is high, they might go on Wikipedia to get additional information and they could get confused,” added Alexandre Allard, President of the Archivists’ Association.
However, Barrette has noted that a 30-day delay will be implemented surrounding the upload of data which may cause increased concern, and will reach doctors first hand who will be able to discuss any concerns with patients at the first instance.
Check Point: Securing the future of enterprise IT
Cybersecurity solutions provider Check Point was founded in 1993 with a mission to secure ‘everything,’ and that includes the cloud. Conscious that nothing remains static in the digital world, the company prides itself on an ability to integrate new technology with its solutions. Across almost three decades in operation, Check Point, with its team of over 3,500 experts, has become adept at protecting networks, endpoints, mobile, IoT, and cloud.
“The pandemic has been somewhat of an accelerator in the evolution of cyber risk,” explains Erez Yarkoni, Global VP for Cloud Business. “We had remote workers and cloud adoption a long time beforehand, but now the volume and surface area is far greater.” Formerly a CIO for several big-name telcos before joining Check Point in 2019, Yarkoni considers the cloud to be “part of [his] heritage” and one of modern IT’s most valuable tools.
Check Point has three important ‘product families’, Quantum, CloudGuard, and Harmony, with each one providing another layer of holistic IT protection:
- Quantum: secures enterprise networks from sophisticated cyber attacks
- CloudGuard: acts as a scalable and unified cloud-native security platform for the protection of any cloud
- Harmony: protects remote users and devices from cyber threats that might compromise organisational data
However, more than just providing security, Yarkoni emphasises the need for software to be proactive and minimise the possibility of threats in the first instance. This is something Check Point assuredly delivers, “the industry recognises that preventing, not just detecting, is crucial. Check Point has one platform that gives customers the end-to-end cover they need; they don't have to go anywhere else. That level of threat prevention capability is core to our DNA and across all three product lines.”
In many ways, Check Point’s solutions’ capabilities have actually converged to meet the exact working requirements of contemporary enterprise IT. As more companies embark on their own digital transformation journeys in the wake of COVID-19, the inevitability of unforeseen threats increases, which also makes forming security-based partnerships essential. Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) sought out Check Point for this very reason when it was in the process of selecting Microsoft Azure as its cloud provider. “Let's be clear: Azure is a secure cloud, but when you operate in a cloud you need several layers of security and governance to prevent mistakes from becoming risks,” Yarkoni clarifies.
The partnership is a distinctly three-way split, with each bringing its own core expertise and competencies. More than that, Check Point, HOOPP and Microsoft are all invested in deepening their understanding of each other at an engineering and developmental level. “Both of our organisations (Check Point and Microsoft) are customer-obsessed: we look at the problem from the eyes of the customer and ask, ‘Are we creating value?’” That kind of focus is proving to be invaluable in the digital era, when the challenges and threats of tomorrow remain unpredictable. In this climate, only the best protected will survive and Check Point is standing by, ready to help.
“HOOPP is an amazing organisation,” concludes Yarkoni. “For us to be successful with a customer and be selected as a partner is actually a badge of honor. It says, ‘We passed a very intense and in-depth inspection by very smart people,’ and for me that’s the best thing about working with organisations like HOOPP.”