An Open Letter to Industry Canada and its Minister, the Hon. Christian Paradis: Mobility Healthcare Leadership
April 19, 2013

An Open Letter to Industry Canada and its Minister, the Hon. Christian Paradis: Mobility Healthcare

Canadians health and safety are at risk because of the increased reliance of health professionals on mobile technology typically delivered over commercial networks. 

These networks are becoming more and more congested and unreliable for real-time life dependent communications. It is the same quality of service deterioration rational that led to the discontinuation by Police Fire and EMS of their full reliance on commercial wireless mobile services. 

Excluding m-Health from the planned deployment of Pan-Canadian interoperable broadband mobile LTE networks would thus be a grave error. 

The security, quality of service (Q.o.S) and speed requirements for first responders is also essential for public healthcare. Excluding m-Health from full participation in the deployment and operation of these networks leaves a gap in mobile interoperability operations. 

Here are two questions that must be asked:

How would broadband mobile exchanges be conducted between EMS (Emergency medical Services field operations) operating on the new dedicated mobile network with healthcare resources such as the ER attendants and the rest of the hospital(s) professional and administrative staff who will be excluded from the network? 

How can such a vital exchange occur if the corresponding healthcare institution and its medical professionals are excluded from being part of the design deployment and operations of these new networks? 

Please review CATA’s mHealth campaign for some guidance in responding: 

Digital Leadership for the 21st Century- Urgent call for extending broadband public safety spectrum allocation to mobile ubiquitous secure infrastructure for m-Health Real-Time ICT http://www.cata.ca/Media_and_Events/Press_Releases/cata_pr02181301.html


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