Moving Upstream – Next Generation: Clinicians in Training Program now includes Faculty Peer Leaders

Technology impacts every aspect of our daily lives and academia is no exception. The tools of the trade for educators have changed today and now include everything from smart boards to social media to online chats between students and professors. Often, the term ‘next gen’ conjures up images of Star Trek or the next new shiny car/computer/phone model. In this instance, it’s a double entendre of the next group of clinicians who will be practicing in a technology-enabled environment like no other before, as well as the next ‘major upgrade’ of Infoway’s Clinicians in Training initiative. In partnership with the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC), Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) and the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), the inaugural “Next Generation: Clinicians in Training” projects produced valuable resources for students and faculty to help prepare them for technology-enabled environments, such as the medical virtual patients, Nursing Informatics Teaching Toolkit and an Informatics for Pharmacy Students e-Resource, along with informatics core competencies for undergraduate students in medicine, nursing and pharmacy. Building on the success of the first “Next Generation: Clinicians in Training” initiative, the program has expanded to include Faculty Peer Leaders. This […] Continue reading

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Interoperability of health data beyond front-line care…

Being able to access health data from multiple sources at the point of care is one of the key drivers of the need for interoperability. Another equally important use of health data is to gain insights into the health system as a whole—often referred to as secondary use or health system use of data (HSU). In this case, point of care data is de-identified and aggregated to support improvements to the health system, including informing clinical program management, health system management, population and public health, and research. The use of health data for these purposes leads to an improvement of patient care, health outcomes and better allocation of resources within the system.[i] Unfortunately, health system use of data is often left out in interoperability discussions and subsequently, excluded in point of care/service systems development. Reasons for this are varied, but ultimately result in HSU needs being deemed out of scope/mandate in EHR/EMR implementations. Sadly, the result of failing to include the secondary use of data upfront, whether intentionally or unintentionally, in point of care/service systems implementation is costly and diminishes the return on investment. The recently released report from the Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation laments this fact – “The […] Continue reading

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Congratulations to Kathryn Hannah for Being Appointed to the Order of Canada

Authored by: Maureen Charlebois and Jennifer Zelmer It’s always wonderful to see a friend receive well-deserved recognition so we are delighted to celebrate Dr. Kathryn Hannah’s appointment as a Member (C.M.) of the Order of Canada on July 1, 2015. The honour was bestowed upon her for her efforts to advance the use of health care technology in Canada. It reflects Kathryn’s deep contributions to health informatics in Canada and elsewhere. Continue reading

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The Change Leader is a Jack of All Trades

Successful change leaders need knowledge that covers many areas due to the wide range of changes they lead and the people they support. I have tried to compile a list of skills and knowledge areas a change leader should have, acknowledging not all change leaders can have all them all. Continue reading

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The Value of Certification Services

Before I took on a new role as the Group Director for Infoway’s Certification Services program, Infoway had partnered with the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) to conduct a joint review of digital health certification services in Canada. Continue reading

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What’s Hiding in your Data?

We at Infoway, and a few of our partners, had some nagging questions about our healthcare system.  Questions for which we needed answers, but didn’t have them:  duplication rates for tests and exams, follow-up rates for abnormal tests, or the impact of prompt discharge summaries on re-admission.  I would imagine many of you have unanswered questions, too. Continue reading

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Successes and Lesson Learned; e-Booking Initiative Participants

The benefits of electronic patient appointment booking (“e-booking”) seem to be straightforward and easy to anticipate for patients. Compared to conventional appointment scheduling, e-booking is convenient, saves time and can result in improved patient and provider satisfaction. Generally speaking, once a practice has begun to use an e-booking solution, their patients and staff cannot imagine ever going back. Continue reading

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Cancer Led Me to Digital Health and I Haven’t Looked Back Since

National Cancer Survivors Day is June 7.  As a cancer survivor, I am marking this a special day by sharing my story of how digital health helped me throughout my cancer journey. Continue reading

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Telehealth saves Dr. Picard’s patients from hours of travel

No one likes taking time from their busy lives to go to the doctor’s office. Imagine if that trip required hours of travel? Worse still, imagine making that trip while dealing with pain and mobility issues caused by arthritis — all for a simple follow-up. These are the issues many of Dr. Léo Picard’s patients have to deal with, and this is why he uses telehealth. Continue reading

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