The Canadian healthcare system is part of the "Canadian Identity";
it’s a part of what makes Canada… Canada. Annual Canadian
healthcare expenditures exceed $112 Billlon – 9.8% of our
GDP. We are renowned worldwide for our innovation, research and
advanced technologies - the most "wired country in the world".
Today, Canadian healthcare organizations spend less
than 2% of their operating budget on ICT each year. Through the
implementation of provincial and other EHR initiatives such as Canada
Health Infoway, this is expected to grow by 0.5% in the coming year,
and to north of 4% over the next few years. In the words of Mazankowski
"We must move healthcare from a 19th century cottage industry
to a 21st century service industry."
CHITTA believes that the Canadian healthcare
Information and Communications Technology industry can and should
– even, must – play a responsible, responsive, cooperative
and leading role in this transition.
A brief history
The concept of CHITTA was developed in late 2001 leading
to its "creation by a dedicated group of CEOs and senior
executives of leading Canadian companies providing products and
services to the Canadian healthcare community in April, 2002. Their
firms represent a broad spectrum of ICT services to an equally broad
spectrum of Canadas healthcare delivery system and its supporting
infrastructure. Health Canada was also represented in this founding
Members working within CHITTA act in a pre-competitive manner
- represent the industry as a whole not special interests or their
the Board of CHITTA strives to maintain an "open" policy
in respect to the conduct of CHITTA business.
Goals and Objectives
- To increase
market share for Canadian healthcare ICT companies both nationally
- To increase
the size of the healthcare ICT market through promoting the Industrys
value as an integral component of health systems to healthcare
professionals, government, and the consumer of health services
- To catalogue,
monitor and report on the industry and the companies therein.
- To establish
an "image of excellence" and quality assurance in the
industry through the promotion of standards and certification
- To facilitate
collaboration among and between Canadian ICT companies, governments,
healthcare delivery providers and scientific, research and educational
- To present
a unified industry voice and consultation vehicle for government,
policy and investment decision makers.
" As an Association we need to focus our collective
efforts on growing the size of the pie for Canadian companies. The
quality of each companys products and corporate strengths
will determine the relative size of the slices."
David Wattling, Founding Chair, CHITTA
To join CHITTA and participate in its activities
please go to our Membership section.
Canada's Healthcare ICT Industry