As 2012 draws to a close, my thoughts turn to all those whose collective efforts have helped to improve health and health care using digital solutions over the past year. Their numbers are large and growing, from those working on the front lines to deliver increased patient and clinical value at the point of care to those who helped to shape new strategic directions for the country. Continue reading
The Fall Partnership Conference program reflects the impact on clinicians and patients of the use of the standards that we have been developing. The program has a nice balance between the value proposition of using standards and the challenges of getting them put into place, including content that would be valuable to health care managers/leaders and vendors. Continue reading
The recent Olympic Games in London remind us that leading up to any big goal, there are many victories along the way, as well as barriers to overcome. In this way, the journey to the podium is not unlike our national health IT path. Continue reading
Infoway, through the Standards Collaborative, invests heavily in the development of standards and coordinates activities from Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) around the world to make the standards suitable for use in Canada. As we move forward, all systems such as Hospital Information Systems, EMRs in clinicians’ offices, and systems in the community need to share much of the same information. Consequently, there needs to be more engagement in understanding the standards that need to be implemented. Access to those standards needs to be improved.
Infoway’s peer support network program is based a simple principle: that clinicians who have learned through their own experience how to effectively use information and communication technology to improve clinical practice are best positioned to help others do the same. The program connects experienced peer leaders with their colleagues to help them achieve greater clinical value through practice and process changes. Continue reading