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Clinical Peer Network

Canada Health Infoway's Clinical Peer Network is a pan-Canadian peer-to-peer program that promotes the active engagement of health care providers involved in the implementation of digital health systems across Canada.

The network brings together natural leaders – physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health care providers to:

  • share best practices and build new knowledge
  • provide clinical leadership to develop expertise and facilitate learning
  • identify common and unique barriers in the implementation of change and clinical transformation.

Jurisdictional Peer-to-Peer Networks

Infoway-funded provincial and territorial peer-to-peer networks have been established to respond to local clinician needs. Each network is aligned to the national program objective to sustain and accelerate clinical engagement with a focus on supporting one or more specific initiatives.

Province/ TerritoryDatePeer-to-Peer Network Summary
British Columbia June’16-June’17 Cowichan Tribes has established the British Columbia First Nations cEMR (Community Electronic Medical Record) Advanced Peer to Peer Network.
The objective of British Columbia First Nations Community EMR Advanced Peer to Peer Network is to create a strong, supported network of First Nations Peer Leaders and Peer Mentees across the province of British Columbia with the goal to promote and facilitate the exploration, generation, and transmission of knowledge and insight regarding electronic information management needs and interests for First Nations human services using a Community EMR.
British Columbia  March 2013-2014
*COMPLETED*     
 Focus: EMR
Sponsor: PITO
Contact: N/A
British Columbia Peer Mentor Network: Spotlight on Results
Alberta Sept’15 – June’17 Implemented by Toward Optimized Practice of the Alberta Medical Association and supported by a grant for the Building Capacity for Primary Care Transformation from Alberta Health, this project supports clinicians and team members in achieving greater clinical value in their practices and for their patients. Greater clinical value will be established through the use of advanced EMR clinical functions such as e-clinical analytics and e-clinical decision support for panel management, a key step in achieving panel and continuity as well as organized evidence based care in the Patient’s Medical Home. The project will also conduct a scan of patient e-services in Alberta and their benefits to patients, providers and team. The project will make various Peer Leader Guides available and target 63 Peer Leaders and up to 1100 mentees.
Alberta March 2013
*COMPLETED*
Focus: EMR
Sponsor: Alberta POSP
Contact: N/A
Alberta Peer Network: Spotlight on Results
Saskatchewan Sept’15 – June’17 The Saskatchewan Peer Program’s newest initiative is focused on creating and delivering Optimization Workshops that use continuous improvement methodology to improve the delivery of healthcare. During an Optimization Workshop, physician, nurse, pharmacist and medical office assistant Peers work with other healthcare providers and patients and use a variety of continuous improvement approaches to fully leverage eHealth solutions so that they can be used to provide healthcare in a more efficient and effective fashion.

Contact: Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Phone: 306-337-0957

 Saskatchewan  June 2014
*COMPLETED*
Focus: EMR

Contact: N/A

Saskatchewan Peer Network: eHealth Saskatchewan Peer Program e-Poster presented at the 2015 Peer Leader Symposium. Spotlight on Results
 Manitoba  (June 2008 - July 2013)
*COMPLETED*
Focus: EMR
Contact: Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Phone 204-926-3482
Manitoba Peer Network: Manitoba eHealth e-Poster presented at the 2015 Peer Leader Symposium. Spotlight on Results
Ontario - OMD Jul’15 – Mar’17

OntarioMD's Peer Leader Program is a network of over 60 physicians, nurses and clinic managers across the province who are expert users of OntarioMD-certified EMRs and are available to help physician practices realize more clinical value from their EMRs. Peer Leaders understand the diversity of needs and challenges faced by busy community practices and offer consulting services that can lead to more efficient EMR use and workflow, optimization of existing EMR functions and access to additional ones, improved clinical decision support and much more.
For more information:

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Call: 1-866-339-1233

Web: https://www.ontariomd.ca/portal/server.pt/community/peer_leader_program/contact/

Ontario - RNAO  Aug’15 – June’17  The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the voice of registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing students in the province, with the mandate of speaking out for quality nursing and health care. RNAO, in partnership with Canada Health Infoway, has established a Nurse Peer Leader Network that will enhance patient-centred, evidence-based wound care management using advanced clinical e-functions (e-clinical decision support and e-clinical analytics) and patient e-services (e-views). The Peer Network will increase the use of International Classification of Nursing Practice (ICNP®)-encoded Nursing Order Sets (NOSs), an e-clinical decision support resource, derived from the RNAO evidence-based Best Practice Guidelines (BPGs). NOSs were developed to aid BPG implementations in electronic environments and are comprised of clinically relevant nursing assessments and interventions for a variety of topics. Project outcomes will be monitored and evaluated using RNAO’s Nursing Quality Indicators for Reporting and Evaluation (NQuIRE®) data system of structure, process and outcome indicators, in conjunction with other indicators derived from Infoway’s Benefits Evaluation Framework.
For more information, contact Rita Wilson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 416-408-5591
Ontario *COMPLETED* Focus: EMR
Contact: Nandita Saxena, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ontario Peer-to-Peer Network: Get the Facts
Quebec Mar’16 – Dec’16 The purpose of the project to develop a Clinician e-Health Support Network (the RSVP project) is to accelerate adoption, ownership and assimilation of health information technologies into clinical work processes for better access to higher-quality health services and to improve productivity in the delivery of such services. The strategy aims to support physicians and other stakeholders in primary care as they assimilate and use digital tools: i.e. Electronic Medical Record (EMR), Quebec Health Record (DSQ), etc.
Professionals in the various health service specialties participating in the RSVP project will be asked to help educate, mentor and support their colleagues in order to share best practices, provide clinical leadership to build expertise, facilitate learning, and identify shared and singular obstacles to implementing change.

Project Contact:

Renald Lemieux

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Nova Scotia *COMPLETED* Focus: EMR
Contact: (902) 424-6875 or by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Nova Scotia Peer Network: Get the Facts
New Brunswick *COMPLETED* Focus: EMR
Sponsor: Valente
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New Brunswick Peer Network: Get the Facts
Newfoundland and Labrador *COMPLETED* Focus: EMR
Contact:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 709-752-6055
Newfoundland and Labrador Peer Network: Spotlight on Results
Northwest Territories Jul’15 – June’17 The current project will support clinicians in achieving greater value for their practices and patients through the use of advanced clinical functions and adoption of patient online services. NWT is targeting 14 Peer Leaders and 360 mentees through four distinct initiatives which include continued peer engagement, quality improvements in care through the such things as the use of analytic sand integrated care plans, efficient and effective use of the EMR through standardized workflows and enhanced workflows across technologies.

Contact: Kitty Dang, Manager, Project Management Services
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Phone: 867 767 9054 ext 49089

 Northwest Territories  *COMPLETED*  Focus: EMR
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (867) 920-3133

 Stay in the know! Visit the Pan-Canadian Clinical Peer Network Updates page and the Clinical Peer Leader Toolkit to get the latest in related news and resources.

 

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