CHEO pres: Position kids for lifelong health to improve all healthcare service

As the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario turns 40, the hospital's CEO and president Alex Munter has some ideas for how children's care can advance in the future.

Speaking to a small crowd at an Economic Club of Canada luncheon, he said he wants people to start thinking about the way we invest in children's healthcare the way we're used to thinking about investing in education to help the economy.  He says kids who are healthier are more likely to do well in school, and find success elsewhere.

Munter says if we can position children and youth for lifelong health, we can do better at redirecting resources within the healthcare system to help treat the large number of people in Canada suffering from chronic illness.

He says in the next 20 years the region will have 70,000 more kids than it already has.  He refers to that massive increase in kids as "the tiny tidal wave."

Going forward, Munter said the hospital is working to have its records made electronic, and says CHEO very recently had its first paperless patients in its outpatients units.

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