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The ACTION for Health project finished on March 31, 2008. We have set up a permanent archive of project deliverables in the Simon Fraser University Institutional Repository located here: http://ir.lib.sfu.ca/handle/1892/3701

About the Research Team



A photo of an Automatic Drug Dispensing machine.  Photo by: Olive Dempsey. "Our goal is to achieve a fuller understanding of the complex ways health information is created, shared and communicated, in order to inform the design of successful policies and systems." - Ellen Balka, ACTION for Health Project Proposal  

As health budgets shrink, information and communication technologies are increasingly viewed as the means for more efficient and effective delivery of health care services. ACTION for Health questions this faith in technology to cure the health sector in an innovative, four-year study, which commenced in the fall of 2003.

Researchers from diverse backgrounds are working together to investigate the role of the internet, electronic patient records, computerized information systems and other forms of information technology in the health sector. Research will address whether public funds invested in this area are meeting expectations and producing the desired results.

This site is designed to bring project information and relevant research findings to the public, decision-makers, academics and other affected communities. It is part of ACTION for Health's strategy to encourage positive change in Canada's health system.

ACTION for Health is made possible by a grant from the
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, under their Initiative for the New Economy: Collaborative Research Initiative, with support from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation

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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation

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