Canadians have grown accustomed to having personal and community health information at their fingertips, via devices and apps that literally put our health in our hands. For the most part these are welcome innovations. But what if you’re someone who has no access, or limited access, to technology? It’s a conundrum with growing implications for social equity and community health.

At the best of times, obtaining the full range of our personal health data (as opposed to the quick vital statistics available through fitness apps) can be challenging. Clients must navigate a variety of different systems, often using a different portal for each provider. That’s not a surprise given a system organized around providers rather than patients, as Canada’s is. It’s a system that can and should change, to put patients at its centre.

Read the full op-ed in the Toronto Star

Vivek Goel is president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo. Rohinton Medhora is the president of the Centre for International Governance Innovation.