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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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Emboldening Meaningful Use of EMRs in Canada

Posted on September 17, 2019 by Bobby Gheorghiu & Chad Leaver

In our previous post we highlighted a leading insight from the 2018 Canadian Physician Survey where 92 per cent of family physicians who use six to nine EMR functionalities stated that they ‘provide more efficient health care with electronic records.’ It has been a general assumption that physicians will integrate advanced EMR functionalities to support patient care as their years of experience using an EMR increases. Beyond just improving practice efficiencies, evidence has also highlighted clinician, patient and system value of using multiple EMR functionalities to support patient care, suggesting that advancing meaningful EMR use is a key catalyst to realizing value-based outcomes.

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Advanced Users of EMRs Achieve Greater Efficiencies

Posted on September 10, 2019 by Bobby Gheorghiu & Chad Leaver

Physicians are extremely busy. That’s why it’s important to identify solutions that can increase efficiency. One such solution is meaningful use of electronic medical records (EMR) — physicians that use more advanced functionalities in their EMR report greater efficiencies.

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A New Day in Health Care

Posted on August 28 by Michael Green

In conjunction with our Annual General Meeting with our Members, Canada’s Deputy Ministers of Health in July, Infoway launched our Annual Report. The title of this year’s report, A New Day in Health Care is Coming, reflects the rally cry of ACCESS 2022, a social movement intended to capture hearts and minds of the full range of people who can work together to change the health system. We are proud of the progress that we’ve collectively achieved to date and we are committed to continuing our efforts to implement digital innovation that will empower Canadians to better manage their health, provide clinicians with the solutions they need to better serve their patients and enlist industry and others to help build a modern 21st century health system.  

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It’s Time for Digital Tools to Change the Face of Health Care

Posted on August 6 by Dr. Martin Vogel

As a practicing physician it is imperative that my day-to-day effort is focused on providing the best patient care possible. Unfortunately, much of my time is spent on administrative duties.  The bulk of the paperwork on my desk each day is communication  with specialist physicians, pharmacists and other health care providers. Many of my patients are surprised to hear that in almost all cases it is only possible for me to communicate on patient matters with health care providers via fax or phone.

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Early PrescribeIT® Adopter Talks Benefits to Clinic Workflow, Staff and Patients

Posted on July 30, 2019 by Dr. Rashaad Bhyat

This blog post builds upon a conversation with Dr. Neil Naik during our PrescribeIT® panel webinar on June 11, 2019.

Eighty-five per cent of family physicians now use electronic medical records (EMRs). This has laid the groundwork for a further modernization of how Canadians interact with their primary care provider, including how medications are prescribed and managed.

Unsecure Data has no Place in the Health System

Posted on July 10, 2019 by Dr. Neil Naik, Family Physician, Waterloo ON.

In our comprehensive health system, patients work with a myriad of health care professionals to meet their specific needs. Physicians, pharmacists, hospitals and personal support workers, to name a few, all contribute to a patient’s holistic care. Communicating with each other can be difficult — especially as many care providers continue to rely on outdated and unsecure methods of communication — mainly, the fax machine.

Why it’s Time to Retire the Fax Machine and Consider PrescribeIT™

Posted on May 7, 2019 by Dr. Caroline Correia

As physicians, we constantly look for ways to improve our practice, including staying up-to-date on the latest research, guidelines and best practices to ensure we offer our patients the best care available. Part of this also includes making sure our practices are run efficiently and effectively so that our energy is focused on patient care and not on time-consuming administrative work, wherever possible.

Closing the Circle of Patient Care

Posted on April 25, 2019 by Dr. Mohamed Alarakhia

Physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and other clinicians all play an important role in patient care. In the current landscape of the health care system, providers far too often operate in silos. Despite this recognition, we still haven’t fully figured out how to break down barriers and address patient care seamlessly.

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The Social Media Mental Health Connection

Posted on April 8, 2019 by Michael Green

It takes just one simple online search to uncover all sorts of dangers and warnings around social media use. From loss of productivity to impairing sleep, there is no lack of research or experts citing the downsides of online communities and digital mediums for communication. One area in particular that has often made media headlines is how social media has been found to affect the mental health of Canadians across the country — especially youth.

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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.

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