What would you do with more time?

Couldn’t we all use a little more time in the day? More time for family … more time for fun? I know I could and I know I’m not alone. Continue reading

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What to Expect at e-Health 2015

One of the very last events of the 2014 eHealth Conference in Vancouver last year was a meeting of the 2015 Conference Steering Committee to start planning for this year’s conference. It’s hard to believe that the year has gone by so quickly and that e-Health 2015 is now just weeks away. Like anything that has been in the works for months, it’s exciting to watch the plans come together. Continue reading

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It’s Time to GET LOUD about Mental Health in the Workplace

Only a third of those who need mental health services in Canada actually receive them, which is why the theme of this year’s annual Mental Health Week, “GET LOUD,” is appropriate. Continue reading

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Remote patient care = fewer hospital stays

Remote patient care (RPC) is just one digital health innovation that is transforming the delivery of health care in Canada. Infoway recently released a new whiteboard animation that explores the benefits of RPC (also known as remote patient monitoring or RPM), and the benefits are many. Continue reading

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Infoway launched a new website last month

Infoway launched a new website last month. Built from the ground up, the new site features enhanced user experience, easier navigation and comprehensive search. And as many people prefer to surf on their smartphones and tablets these days, we’ve also built the website to be responsive. Please check it out and tell us what you think! Continue reading

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Infoway receives positive performance evaluation

As part of our 2007 funding agreement with the federal government, which provided a $400 million grant, Infoway recently underwent an independent performance evaluation and I’m pleased to say the results were once again positive! Continue reading

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Physicians-in-Training initiative helps future docs become comfortable in a digital health environment

“The life so short, the craft so long to learn” – Hippocrates Not that long ago, medical students and resident physicians had limited exposure to digital technologies in their formal training. I remember that during my residency, for example, library services and information technology were lumped together into a brisk afternoon training session. Continue reading

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The ‘big picture’ of radiologists and physicians’ views on digital imaging repositories

From system efficiencies, to enhanced care, the shift from film-based medical images to digital ones has been an unqualified success across the country with significant benefits realized for radiologists, patients and the health system overall. Continue reading

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How is the Pharmacists-in-Training Project similar to a “barn-raising?”

When a colleague likened the development of the Informatics for Pharmacy Students e-Resource to a proverbial “barn-raising,” I was intrigued.  Continue reading

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EMR adoption and patient empowerment among top digital health successes for 2014

January is tough! It’s back to work after the holidays, the weather is lousy and I’m faced with the guilt that I’ve never made a resolution that I’ve kept for more than a week – except for the year that I resolved not to make any resolutions! About the only thing I like about January are the lists. There’s nothing better than sitting in front of the fire in sweatpants, bag of chips in hand (hence no resolutions), reading top ten lists — best movies, biggest celebrities, hottest gadgets. That got me thinking — what would make my personal top ten digital health list? This blog isn’t long enough for a full top ten but I think my top two digital health successes for 2014 would be EMR adoption and patient engagement/empowerment. The 2014 National Physician Survey (NPS) results that were published in December reported a significant increase in the number of physicians who are using technology to manage their patients’ health.   Nationally, 77 per cent of Canadian primary care physicians now use community-based electronic medical records (up from 24 per cent in 2007) — this is significant progress! And it doesn’t stop there: Use of digital tools used other […] Continue reading

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