From Work Practice to Public Policy: A Case Study of the Canadian Health Information Infrastructure

Recent budget cuts at the provincial, territorial and federal levels have led to renewed concern about the state of the Canadian health care system. As health budgets shrink, information and communication technologies are increasingly being viewed as the means for more efficient and effective delivery of health care services. Federal, territorial and provincial personnel and finances have been allocated to the development of this health info-structure.

This research was designed to provide new information about issues of policy and practice associated with the development of the health info-structure. The objective of the research was to conduct a multi-site case study of Canadian health info-structure, using a multi-disciplinary and multiple method approach.