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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.

What Would You Do With More Time?

Posted on May 21, 2015 by Shelagh Maloney

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.

What to Expect at e-Health 2015

Posted on May 13, 2015 by Shelagh Maloney

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.

Physicians-in-Training Initiative Helps Future Docs Become Comfortable in a Digital Health Environment

Posted on March 17, 2015 by Dr. Rashaad Bhyat

“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.

Why Interoperability? Why Now?

Posted on November 25, 2014 by Lynne Zucker

We often talk about digital health as a journey. A fully digital health system in Canada is coming together albeit with lots of starts and stops on the way. We, the professionals engaged in the journey, alternate between enthusiasm and fatigue. The complexity of connecting systems together, sharing information across organization boundaries while adhering to all organization policies, supporting clinical practice and maintaining the utmost respect for the patient, is not a trivial challenge.

Clinicians in Training: Nurses in Training Project in Review

Posted on November 20, 2014 by Cindy Hollister

Next year will mark 40 years since I graduated from nursing school eager to start my first new job as a registered nurse working in my home town.

Much has changed for the nursing profession in the past 40 years, including the advent of digital health. Always eager to take advantage of enabling technology to support professional practice, I’ve developed a certain amount of expertise in this area.

Sustainable Change Management Requires an Effective Change Leader

Posted on November 18, 2014 by Keren Taylor-Hughes

After 15+ years leading change in health care across Western Canada and the U.S., I believe change management is misunderstood. People underestimate the impact a good change management strategy can have on the success of an initiative.

Fall Partnership Conference a Chance to Collaborate and Innovate on Clinical Interoperability

Posted on November 6, 2014 by Shari Dworkin

“How can we improve patient care through the sharing of digital health information?” Sound familiar? It goes without saying that clinicians need access to information in order to provide quality care. Without it, they are left making decisions without all the information they need. But it’s not that simple.

Advancing Care – How the Possibilities of Digital Health are Closer to Becoming a Reality for Canadians

Posted on August 28, 2014 by Maureen Charlebois

This year’s Advancing Care Peer Leader Symposium was a reminder to us about why collaboration at all levels of health care is so important. Conversations between health leaders, from across the country and beyond, continue to be an essential step in delivering more efficient and effective health care for patients and clinicians through the use of digital health tools. Opening with a compelling patient experience, it laid the foundation of this year’s theme: Optimizing the Use and Value of Digital Health.

Canadian Nurses are Prepared to be Leaders in Digital Health

Posted on August 8, 2014 by Maureen Charlebois

In May 2014, Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) in partnership with the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) released the results of the first ever quantitative survey which measured nurses in direct practice access, use and perception of using digital health tools in their practice.

eHealth Conference is an Opportunity to be Energized by Bold Ideas

Posted on May 13, 2014 by Shelagh Maloney

I’ve been attending the eHealth conferences for over two decades and every spring, I find myself looking forward to the event and this year is no exception (except that spring has come a bit later!). I was asked recently why I attend the conference, what I get out of it and what advice would I have for a first-time attendee. Responding to these questions provided me with an opportunity to think about the eHealth experiences I’ve had over the years and why this conference remains one of my favourites.

Value of eHealth Evaluation Research in Supporting Healthcare Reform in Canada

Posted on May 5, 2014 by Dr. Francis Lau

In 2008 the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) and Canada Health Infoway co-funded a five year Applied Chair award in eHealth. The CIHR Applied Chairs program is to support mid-career academics that conduct policy-relevant research, and are dedicated to the exchange of this research with decision makers and mentoring trainees in the area of applied health services and policy research.

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