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International - WHO releases new International Classification of Diseases (ICD 11)

The WHO’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) provides health professionals worldwide a common language to share information, identify trends, and interpret data. Completely electronic, ICD-11 contains 55,000 codes for injuries, diseases and causes of death, and includes new chapters on sexual health and traditional medicine.

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International - Investing in Medication Adherence Improves Health Outcomes and Health System Efficiency

Currently, it is estimated that over half of all medicines are prescribed inappropriately, and that half of all patients fail to take them correctly. This paper reviews international evidence on the magnitude of non-adherence to prescribed medicines, analyzes drivers of non-adherence, and identifies actions to reduce healthcare costs incurred by suboptimal medication use. The paper focuses on hypertension, diabetes and hyperlipidemia due to the prevalence of these diseases.

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Canada - Access to Digital Health e-Services Helps Canadians Avoid Unnecessary Trips to Doctors and Delivers Significant Value to the Health Care System

This study by Canada Health Infoway considers that both Canadians and the health system benefit when patients access online personal health records and use digital health services. The study finds that digital health technology adoption saves Canada up to $150 million annually by avoiding the costs associated with trips to doctors' offices.

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