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Updated Toolkit is the Go-to Resource for Electronic Medication Reconciliation Implementation

Posted on July 11, 2017 by Seema Nayani

We all know the importance of medication reconciliation, so why is there a significant lack of wide spread implementation of a formalized process throughout all care transitions such as admission, transfer or discharge? Medication reconciliation (MedRec) is the effective communication of a patient’s medication information across transition points in the health care system. MedRec, as many of us working in this space understand, is quite complex and actually implementing this process is challenging. With the increasing complexity of patients’ medication regimens and the multitude of information sources that need to be considered, it is no wonder that organizations aspiring for fully integrated MedRec are looking to electronic MedRec (eMedRec) solutions.

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The Evolving Story of Digital Health

Posted on June 20, 2017 by Dr. Rashaad Bhyat

The story of digital health in Canada has taken many twists and turns over the years, but steadily, we are approaching a point of critical mass.

Partnership Conference, Tools Further Collaboration and Interoperability

Posted on December 5 by Alan Leung

Reflecting on the Infoway Partnership Conference last month, the major themes were collaboration and interoperability. There was also a reminder from a number of speakers to design software or standards in an environment where feedback is actively incorporated and a real-world problem is being solved. It was a great conference for me — I was able to finally meet with many people I've worked with virtually over conference calls. The impromptu conversations also may lead to valuable outcomes. I was impressed by the knowledge and skill of the moderators to prompt discussion and summarize the proceedings.

We Need to Transform Education to Prepare Students for the Digital Health Transformation

Posted on November 16 by Gilles Leclerc

Will information technology transform healthcare? Like most of you I believe that, without a doubt, it will. Digital records, e-prescribing, connected devices, mobile apps, robotics, telehealth, and artificial intelligence are just a few examples of ongoing changes in health care across the country. But, as the health care system continues its inescapable digital mutation, it may be surprising that up to now limited focus has been put on e-health student education and training in our universities.

Collaboration the Key to Integrating Informatics into the Pharmacy Curriculum

Posted on November 15 by Christopher Louizos

I was asked to write a blog regarding the integration of the informatics e-resource for pharmacy students into our curriculum at the University of Manitoba, College of Pharmacy. I found this an interesting task, as this is my first blog post and honestly had never truly reflected on why our curriculum integration was considered a success. I would attribute it to four things:

Informatics e-Resource Prepares Pharmacy Students for Digital Environments

Posted on November 15 by Lisa Bishop

In this modern, technology-enabled world, how do we encourage the next generation of pharmacists to embrace technology? Although this generation of students has grown up in a digital environment, they aren’t necessarily tech savvy when it comes to providing health care. From adherence reminders, to electronic refills, to viewing clinical information, pharmacists can provide an enhanced level of service to their patients, all with the aid of technology.

An Innovative Approach to Improving Immunization Management in Canada

Posted on September 06, 2016 by Beverly Knight and Claudia Brown

Despite investments in jurisdictional immunization registries, data within them remains incomplete. Immunization information exists in silos. As with other areas in health care, the administration of vaccines is complex and handled differently in each province and territory. Although there has been a number of groups that have initiated work to fill gaps in electronic sharing of the data; there has been little to no coordination of effort.

Brace yourself — the Net Generation is coming

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Sarah Dinsdale

I had classes on how to type properly with a keyboard before I learnt how to write in cursive. I programmed simple web pages before I knew how to calculate the area of a triangle. And I had spoken with peers on the other side of the world while playing video games online before ever leaving North America.

Advancing Computerized Provider Order Entry in Canada with Leading Practice Tools and Resources

Posted on June 7, 2016 by Chad Leaver

Managing how patients receive medications during a hospital stay is a complex inter-professional process involving physician, nursing, pharmacist and administrative staff. In Canada, the various steps for prescribing, communicating the medication order, dispensing, administering and monitoring for drug interactions are still mostly manual and paper-based.

Educating the Next Generation about Digital Health Solutions

Posted on April 12, 2016 by Jessica Visentin and Katherine Steckham

This year, Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) welcomed students to join the ever-evolving conversation about leveraging technology to satisfy the increasing demands of the current health care landscape. The inaugural 2016 Student Interprofessional eHealth Award recognizes that students are not only users, but also innovators, of digital health solutions.

Enhancing Patient Care Through Quality Data

Posted on February 25, 2016 by Sarah Hutchison

As health information technology professionals, we often focus on solutions and technology to solve business problems. We know we still have a long way to go to realize an eHealth system that is seamlessly connected across health care settings and enables health care professionals to access the right patient information in a meaningful way, when and where it is needed.

Clinicians are Embracing Digital Health

Posted on January 6, 2016 by Dr. Rashaad Bhyat

It is no secret that the volume of medical knowledge is increasing exponentially every day.

Clinicians-in-Training Program Prepares Pharmacists for Digital Environments

Posted on November 20, 2015 by Harold Lopatka, B. Pharm., MHSA, Ph.D., CHE

It’s Digital Health Week – what an exciting time in the world of digital health! As an educator and the Executive Director of the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC) – the national voice for academic pharmacy in Canada — I have been able to experience the ongoing growth of digital health innovation in education, and watch how it is helping to improve clinical practice and patient care.

Nursing Faculty Peer Network Help Advance Understanding of Digital Health

Posted on November 17, 2015 by Cynthia Baker

Digital health technologies continue to transform the health system and the delivery of nursing care, making it essential for educators to ensure nursing students are exposed to digital health.

Have Canadian Clinicians Reached a Tipping Point for Clinical Interoperability?

Posted on September 22, 2015 by Dr. Rashaad Bhyat

It is 3:45pm, and I am running behind. Patients are gathering in the clinic waiting room, while I pull out my hair in frustration as I wait for a medical record department to fax a copy of a patient’s report that is not yet in my local EMR.

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

Posted August 11, 2015 by Anne Fazzalari

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.

Interoperability of Health Data Beyond Front-Line Care…

Posted on August 5, 2015 by Finnie Flores

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.

LEADing Change Big or Small to Improve the Patient Experience

Posted on July 28, 2015 by Valerie Leung

Are you or your organization considering a digital health implementation or optimization? Change is often driven by frontline clinicians and your voice can make all the difference. Learn how others have reaped the benefits of digital health while advancing professional practice…this is what the National LEADing Practices initiative is about.

The Change Leader is a Jack of All Trades

Posted on July 14, 2015 by Keren Taylor-Hughes

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.

Improving the Quality of Patient Care in Canada Through Clinical Interoperability

Posted on May 28, 2015; Authored by: Dr. Peter Rossos, CMIO & Gastroenterologist, UHN and Trevor Hodge, Executive Vice President, Canada Health Infoway

CMIO & Gastroenterologist, UHN

There is no doubt that we have made great strides in Canada on increasing adoption and use of digital health systems. Surveys are now showing that more than 250,000 Canadian healthcare professionals currently depend on access to electronic health information from outside their organizations to make treatment decisions. But we all know that to deliver the best possible care, we still need to increase the data and information flow among clinicians and organizations when and where it’s needed. And we are still a long way from being done.

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