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

Infoway Receives Positive Performance Evaluation

Posted on April 1, 2015 by Michael Green

As part of our 2007 funding agreement with the federal government, which provided a $400 million grant, Infoway recently underwent an independent performance evaluation and I’m pleased to say the results were once again positive! This is the second evaluation for this funding agreement, following another in March 2010. We are pleased that all performance evaluations and audits required by our funding agreements have been consistently positive.

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.

The ‘Big Picture’ of Radiologists and Physicians’ Views on Digital Imaging Repositories

Posted on February 2, 2015 by Bobby Gheorghiu

From system efficiencies, to enhanced care, the shift from film-based medical images to digital ones has been an unqualified success across the country with significant benefits realized for radiologists, patients and the health system overall.

EMR Adoption and Patient Empowerment Among Top Digital Health Successes for 2014

Posted on January 20, 2015 by Shelagh Maloney

January is tough! It’s back to work after the holidays, the weather is lousy and I’m faced with the guilt that I’ve never made a resolution that I’ve kept for more than a week – except for the year that I resolved not to make any resolutions!

Digital Imaging has been a Significant Step Forward in Digital Health Care Innovation

Posted on December 2, 2014 by Rose Serjak

When I talk with family and friends, I am able to share a lot of information with them about the progress that has been made in digital health in Canada. Thanks to Digital Health Week shining the spotlight on this progress, Canadians who might not have been “in the know” are now able to start their own conversations about the impact that digital health is having on their lives, and the promise it holds for the future.

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.

That’s a Wrap on Digital Health Week

Posted on November 14, 2014 by Shelagh Maloney

Today is the final day of Digital Health Week, and we’ve had a fantastic time celebrating all the great strides that have been made by Canadians to implement digital health solutions. What a week it has been! We co-hosted a #hcsmca Tweet Chat, discussing how digital health has transformed the patient experience. COACH also hosted a webinar, helping organizations develop strategic directions for digital health. We also announced the results of our Public Health Social Media Challenge, where we encouraged public health organizations from across Canada to harness the power of social media to address issues and concerns.

The Results are in for the Public Health Social Media Campaign

Posted on November 13, 2014 by Fraser Ratchford

In the words of our President and CEO, Michael Green, “in today’s digital world, there are many ways to deliver a message”. When I worked in Public Health [a few years back], I was always an advocate for using digital health. Back then, social media was not yet on the radar. That said, it is inspiring to see that public health organizations from across Canada have embraced this innovative way of reaching their audience.

Digital Health Week: Thank You to Our Supporters

Posted on November 12, 2014 by Shelagh Maloney

We’re now halfway through #digitalhealthweek so this is a great time to extend thanks to the storytellers and national organizations that are supporting this initiative.

You’re Invited to a Tweet Chat! Digital Health Transforming the Patient Experience

Posted on November 11, 2014 by Shelagh Maloney

Here at Infoway we live and breathe digital health. We spend our days working with our many supporting organizations and other partners to accelerate the development, adoption and effective use of digital health across Canada.

Canada’s First Digital Health Week Celebrates Milestones and Engages Canadians to Think About Digital Health

Posted on November 10, 2014 by Michael Green

This month, Infoway is partnering with 18 leading healthcare organizations to launch Canada’s very first Digital Health Week, taking place November 10 to 14, 2014. We’ve seen profound progress in the implementation of digital health solutions in Canada, and the inaugural Digital Health Week is an opportunity to celebrate the positive impact that technology is having on improving health and healthcare for Canadians.

Digital Health is Transforming My Experience as a Patient

Posted on November 7, 2014 by Kelly Kuru

Given that next week is Digital Health Week, I’ve been putting some thought around digital health and how it impacts my day-to-day life. Specifically, “what’s the value” and “how significant has the impact been?”

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.

Home Is Where the Care Is

Posted on October 29, 2014 by Justin Noble

As I was celebrating the recent Thanksgiving weekend, I was reminded of how much comfort can be derived from being at home among loved ones and familiar surroundings. It seems only natural that Canadians would want to be able to enjoy the comforts and benefits of home during their health care journey.

The Surprising Fact About Patient Safety in Canada and What We Can Do to Improve It

Posted on October 27, 2014 by Shelagh Maloney

According to the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI), between 9,000 and 24,000 Canadians die each year from preventable adverse events in hospitals. This number is surprising — but even more so when you consider that more deaths result each year from patient safety incidents than from breast cancer, motor vehicle accidents and HIV combined.

EMRs Can Save You From Constantly Repeating Your Medical History

Posted on October 7, 2014 by Kelly Kuru

You’d be hard pressed to find a high school or university student that hasn’t spent countless hours preparing for their mid-term or final exam using a finely honed system of rote memorization through repetition. Fast forward 15 years and as a mother of a busy toddler, I find myself constantly repeating the same three words that I hope will one day sink in … “No!” … “Please!” … “Careful!” The usual outcome with this approach is that it’s in one ear and out the other.

eMedRec Toolkit Eases Transition to Electronic Medication Reconciliation

Posted on September 30, 2014 by Valerie Leung

The intent of medication reconciliation (MedRec) is to ensure effective communication about patients’ medications at healthcare transition points. And although it is a patient safety practice required by Accreditation Canada, implementing MedRec across the continuum of care continues to be a challenging task. However, electronic MedRec (eMedRec) solutions can simplify the task — and now there’s a toolkit that can ease your transition from paper to electronic medication reconciliation.

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