Electronic Medical Records Use Tripled in Nine Years

Canadian primary care EMR adoption and use continues to grow

(Toronto) – More and more Canadian physicians are embracing digital health according to the recently released Commonwealth Fund’s 2015 International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Doctors. In fact, nearly three-quarters (73 per cent) of Canadian primary care physicians report using an electronic medical record (EMR), improving from 23 per cent in the 2006 survey results.

Digital Health Week 2015 Launches in Canada

Canadians asked to #ThinkDigitalHealth

(Toronto) – Leading health organizations want Canadians to mark Digital Health Week 2015 (November 16 to 22) by imagining how their lives will change when they can go online to access their lab results, book medical appointments or have an e-visit with their doctor.

Group Health Centre Gives Patients a New Way to Access Care

New Patient Portal – myCARE – launched today

(Sault Ste. Marie, ON) – How would you like to access your health care team from home, camp, or even on vacation? The Group Health Centre (GHC) is thrilled to announce the formal launch of myCARE – a secure online patient portal. myCARE has the capacity to allow you to send messages to your healthcare team, request prescription renewals, manage appointments, review select lab test results, and more – all at your own convenience from your computer or mobile device.

Open Innovation Challenge Delivers New Data on Appropriateness of Care

New model tested to support evidence-informed decision making

(Toronto) – Teams from across Canada raced to answer pressing questions about the healthcare system for an opportunity to take part in up to $80,000 in awards. During the two-month ImagineNation Data Impact Challenge, authorized users of existing Canadian health care data sets prepared submissions that could help reimagine the future of evidence-informed decision making. 

Knowing is Better Than not Knowing – When it Comes to Lab Test Results

Study demonstrates the benefits for patients and clinicians

(Toronto) – Many Canadians would like to be able to access their lab test results online and a new study suggests there are many other benefits to this service. A recent Social Research and Demonstration Corporation study, commissioned by Canada Health Infoway (Infoway), revealed that direct patient access to their lab results enhances the patient experience and reduces calls to doctors’ offices.

Plexia’s Web-based Electronic Medical Record Application Achieves Canada Health Infoway Certification

(Toronto)Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) and Plexia Electronic Medical Systems Inc. (Plexia), announced today that Plexia EMR has achieved Infoway's Electronic Medical Record certification.

Digital Solutions Connect Clinicians with Colleagues and Patients 71 Million Times

e-Connect Impact Challenge awards announced

(Toronto) – Connecting Canadians and health care providers to each other digitally was the name of the game for the ImagineNation e-Connect Impact Challenge. During the 15-month challenge period, teams generated over 71 million digital health uses, and the top teams are being recognized with more than $500,000 in awards.

NexJ Health’s Population Health Management Solution Achieves Canada Health Infoway Certification

(Toronto)Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) and NexJ Health, a division of NexJ Systems Inc., announced today that NexJ Connected Wellness has achieved Infoway’s Consumer Health Application certification.

Online portal empowers families with children’s health information

Includes direct messaging and appointment management

(Toronto, ON) – Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital has launched a secure website that helps clients and families take an active role in managing their care by improving the way health-care information is exchanged between clinicians and clients.

University of Waterloo Team Wins Infoway Innovation Award at e-Health 2015

Winning idea aims to increase access to cardiac rehab

(Toronto, ON) - A team of innovators from the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo has won the Infoway Innovation Award as part of the Hacking Health challenge held during e-Health 2015.

Community Paramedicine Continues to Grow in Grey County

(Owen Sound, ON) – Remote patient care, (RPC), also referred to as remote patient monitoring, is coming to the homes of more Grey County residents living with Chronic Heart Failure (CHF) or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), announced Mike Muir, Director of Paramedic Services, Grey County.

Untapped Potential: Advanced EMR Use Offers Benefits to Family Physicians and Their Patients

Significant productivity and quality of care gains with advanced EMR use

(Toronto, ON) – More! More time to gain experience and use of more functionalities — those are key factors helping family physicians reap productivity and quality of care benefits from electronic medical records (EMRs). According to data analysis released by Canada Health Infoway (Infoway), many family physicians see practice productivity and quality of care gains soon after EMR implementation, but physicians who have used an EMR longer and who use multiple functionalities are more likely to report benefits.

University of Saskatchewan Faculty Recognized for Interprofessional eHealth Award

(Toronto) – Children living in northern Canada are receiving the preventative health, vision and dental interventions they need thanks to University of Saskatchewan faculty and their innovative program, Northern Caring for Kids Where They Live.

Six Organizations LEADing the Way Through Their Use of Digital Health

2015 National LEADing Practice award recipients embrace the use of digital health to improve the patient and clinician experience

(Toronto)Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) and Accreditation Canada recognize six 2015 LEADing Practice award recipients for strengthening clinical practice and improving the patient experience with their use of digital health.

Improving Patient Care and Outcomes

Remote Patient Monitoring Project Will Enhance Chronic Disease Management

(St. John's) – A pilot project to remotely monitor patients with select chronic diseases will help these individuals better manage their health and reduce the need for medical interventions. The project is being led by Eastern Health and will involve up to 700 patients over the course of a year.

Big Connections, Big Impact: e-Connect Impact Challenge Teams Win With Digital Health

(Toronto) – Celebrating the more than 50 million times clinical teams or individual Canadians used digital health solutions over the past 12 months, Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) is pleased to announce the recipients of the ImagineNation e-Connect Impact Challenge Adoption Awards.

Core Electronic Health Record for Saskatchewan Complete

Access to electronic information benefits patients

(Regina) - A historic milestone has been reached now that a comprehensive provincial electronic health record (EHR) for Saskatchewan residents is a reality. Health providers with access to the EHR Viewer can now see their patients' diagnostic imaging results, completing the core components of an EHR for Saskatchewan residents, as defined by Canada Health Infoway.

The EHR Viewer is a secure website developed for Saskatchewan health care providers to give access to patient information regardless of where an individual goes for care or where they live in the province.