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Learn more about the latest development in digital health, patient stories, new findings and best practices for implementation.

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Introducing Standardizations to Pharmacy Workflows Could Benefit Patients, Pharmacy Staff

Posted on March 19, 2019 by Seema Nayani

One of the places I frequent is my local Tim Horton’s (very Canadian of me, eh?). When I’m picking up my medium steeped tea double-double, I marvel at the ability of the staff to complete orders in a timely, and accurate manner. Tim’s, and other establishments that pride themselves on consistency of their final product, have analyzed their workflows to a science. They provide a streamlined experience — their menus are pared down, they use technology to communicate efficiently within their locations, and the staff follow standardized processes.

There’s No Silver Bullet Solution to Solve the Opioid crisis, but our Health Care System can Make Strides Forward

Posted on March 12, 2018 by Tanya Achilles

In 2016 alone, opioids were responsible for almost one in 13 deaths across the country. Despite the attention that the opioid crisis has received from mainstream media and focused efforts by many in health care and law enforcement, opioid-related deaths continue to climb each year.

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EMRs Have Paved the Way for True e-Prescribing, Improving Patient Safety

Posted on March 5, 2019 by Dr. Rashaad Bhyat

The world around us has changed rapidly in the past few decades, as technological advances have accelerated — the Internet, smart phones and social media have all redefined the way that we interact in our daily lives.

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Another Year of Tremendous Progress for PrescribeIT™

Posted on February 27, 2019 by Bobbi Reinholdt

The PrescribeIT™ journey began three years ago with a commitment to the creation of a single, national e-prescribing service, enabling prescriptions to be electronically transmitted to a patient’s pharmacy of choice. By eliminating handwritten and faxed prescriptions, the service benefits Canadians by providing their clinicians with the digital tools they need to better manage their health, enhancing the patient experience and driving improved outcomes.

Improving Access to Care for Canadians: Infoway’s Plan for 2019-2020

Posted on February 19, 2019 by Michael Green

A few months ago, Infoway launched a movement called ACCESS 2022 to inspire a new day for health care in Canada. We envision a future where all Canadians have access to their health information through the availability and use of digital health tools and services. We believe this will empower patients and improve health outcomes.

LOINC Celebrates 25 Years of Helping to Aid Diagnostic Decision Making

Posted on February 13, 2019 by Linda Monico

On February 16, Canada joins the Regenstrief Institute in celebrating 25 years of LOINC®. It’s an unprecedented success in pursuing laboratory and clinical data exchange, and though you may not know it, you’re benefiting from LOINC.

Digital Health is a Crucial Pillar of the Future of Family Practice in Canada

Posted on February 6, 2019 by Artem Safarov

As the health care needs of Canadian families evolve, structures providing care, such as primary care, must evolve accordingly. The Patient`s Medical Home (PMH) is the vision for the future of family practice presented by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). It emphasizes the factors that contribute to patient-centred, continuous, comprehensive, compassionate care that is valued by both patients and providers. After serving as a blueprint for several primary care reforms across Canada, the vision is being updated in 2019 to remain relevant and account for the latest evidence available.

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There’s a War for Your Data and Health Care is Next

Posted on November 15, 2018 by Abigail Carter-Langford

Do you know how safe your personal health data is? When the Cambridge Analytica Facebook data scandal exploded onto news headlines, it put into question what we as consumers are willingly, and likely unknowingly, sharing about ourselves, and how that same data may be used to the advantage of others. In fact, it has become abundantly clear that our personal information has become a valuable commodity.

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ACCESS 2022: Our Plan to Reclaim our Place as a Leader in Health Care

Posted on November 14, 2018 by Michael Green

As Canadians, we’re proud of our health care system — it saves lives. For 50 years it’s stood for equality and compassion, but Canada is no longer a world leader in health care. We’re in the innovation age, but our health care has not kept up.

Turning Hype into Value: IHE’s Important Role

Posted on November 9, 2018 by Derek Ritz

In my digital health work here in Canada and around the world, I regularly hear the ill-framed, but nonetheless pertinent question, “With the rising popularity of FHIR, what is the role for IHE?” This question is pertinent because of how much hype currently surrounds the FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) initiative.

The Evolution of Patient Engagement

Posted on October 30, 2018 by Julie Drury

Patients spend 8,760 hours a year managing their health. There is no doubt they are health care experts and have an incredible depth and breadth of lived experience invaluable to a learning health care system.

We Can Take Steps to Make Opioid Prescribing Safer

Posted on October 16, 2018 by Tanya Achilles

I was honoured in February to be asked to lead the work on the PrescribeIT™ Opioid Digital Health Strategy. It is a critical piece of work as we continue to see the number of deaths from opioid overdoses increase. In my time as a pharmacist, I have seen both the benefits and struggles these drugs can bring, and I believe that there are steps we can take to make opioid prescribing safer.

Precision Medicine Requires Precision Communication and Precision Language

Posted on September 25, 2018 by Andrea MacLean

For as long as I have been working in health care, I have been hearing, reading and/or discussing the need for disparate IT and health care solutions to talk to each other — to communicate and share information.

e-Prescribing Improves Patient Safety Over Emailed and Auto-faxed Prescriptions

Posted on September 18, 2018 by Poonam Khanna

Email, auto-fax and e-prescribing — one of these methods of prescribing is not like the other. While on the surface, emailed and auto-faxed prescriptions may look the same as e-prescribing, there's a big difference between them when it comes to patient safety.

14% of Canadians Have Lost or Damaged a Prescription — and This Comes at a Cost

Posted on August 7, 2018 by Bobby Gheorghiu

Prescriptions for medication are a regular part of the lives of most Canadians. A recent survey conducted by Nielsen and commissioned by Infoway found that 65 per cent of Canadians aged 18 and over have obtained a prescription in the past two years, with seniors filling over eight prescriptions on average just in the past year.

Medication Non-adherence: Exploring the Tension Between Patient Safety and Patient Autonomy

Posted on July 12, 2018 by Bobby Gheorghiu and Seema Nayani

It may be a surprising stat to some, but roughly 30 per cent of prescriptions generated in Canada by prescribers for their patients go unfilled.1 Reasons range from prescriptions that are lost or damaged, to the cost of the medications, to forgetfulness, to not wanting to take the medication, and many others. Medication non-adherence could result in a worsening of a patient’s condition and, potentially, more frequent hospitalization and/or emergency department visits. According to a World Health Organization report, medication non-adherence accounts for five per cent of Canadian hospital admissions and five per cent of physician visits, resulting in an additional $4 billion in health care costs annually.1

e-Prescribing Can Provide Some Much-needed Peace of Mind

Posted on June 5, 2018 by Poonam Khanna

I recently had an appointment with a specialist and she provided me with a prescription and booked a follow-up appointment in a month to check whether the medication was working. She also mentioned that sometimes the medication takes a good two weeks to start working. So the clock was ticking…I wanted to start the medication right away so it would have time to kick in (if it worked) before my follow-up.

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Telehomecare: Receiving High Marks from Patients while Providing Significant Value for the Health Care System

Posted on May 24, 2018 by Krista Balenko, Jennifer Conn and Simon Hagens

Over the past decade, Infoway has been investing in telehomecare (also known as remote patient monitoring or RPM) programs in Canada, delivering health services to patients in the comfort of their own home. A provider (typically a nurse or paramedic) has electronic access to the patient’s information for review, interpretation and coaching opportunities to enhance the patient’s self-management abilities. These programs are available across much of the country and have served 31,500 Canadians since 2010. View the previous blog post for more information or videos on telehomecare in general.

Investments in Foundational Electronic Health Record Systems are Paying Off: Part Two of Two

Posted on May 8, 2018 by Michael Green

As I mentioned in Part One of this blog post, Infoway recently released the results of a pan-Canadian study about the value of connected health information. Connected Health Information in Canada: A Benefits Evaluation Study, found that the growing use of connected health information — the information exchanged using interoperable electronic health records (iEHRs) and complementary solutions for sharing information between providers and organizations — is producing significant financial and time saving benefits for patients, providers, our health system and our economy.

Healthy Behaviour Data Challenge Winners Announced

Posted on May 1, 2018 by Timothy Luk, Maggie Clark, and Shahab Shahnazari

MaRS Discovery District (MaRS), the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research officially announced the winners of the Healthy Behaviour Data Challenge at Health Datapalooza in Washington D.C. on April 26, 2018.

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