Information resources management

Different information management systems are being used increasingly more as a source of health and social indicators specific to the First Nations in Quebec.

For example, a system such as I-CLSC provides certain indicators about public health matters including diabetes, sexually-transmitted and blood-borne diseases (STBBIs), perinatality (maternal and infant health), home care, addictions, etc.

Certain indicators about social situations may also be available (covering such areas as violence, suicidal ideation, child placements, income security, poverty, etc.).

This crucial and conclusive information makes it possible to develop local and regional databases for presenting a more exact portrait of the overall health of the First Nations in Quebec.

The FNQLHSSC is involved in different initiatives using information technologies to improve First Nations’ access to healthcare services.

  • Remote screening of diabetic retinopathy serves to increase First Nations’ access to screening of this disease and to specialized care in ophthalmology.
  • Tele-training is used to support health professionals and workers in their practices, thus overcoming obstacles related to distance.
  • Tele-health uses new information and communication technologies to improve the delivery of health services.
  • Information management systems:

In this context, it is important to ensure protection of personal information and to inform users and recipients of their rights in this matter.