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

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.

Even Better Health Together!

Posted on September 17, 2014 by Shelagh Maloney

Over the course of the summer, I had the opportunity to meet with a number of jurisdictions and national health organizations to discuss Better Health Together, Infoway’s public education campaign. The campaign was launched in September of last year to raise the level of awareness among Canadians about the benefits of digital health.

Greg’s Story: Digital Health and Continuity of Patient Care

Posted on September 9, 2014 by Jennifer Zelmer

Greg Price was a young man who died in 2012 after spending much of the previous year navigating a disconnected health care system. The Alberta Health Quality Council reviewed Greg’s case and made several recommendations, including how digital health could have helped improve communications among teams in his circle of care and empowered Greg with the information he needed to navigate his health care journey.

Camryn’s Story: EMRs Enable Care Teams to More Easily Find Her Information

Posted on September 5, 2014 by Jennifer Zelmer

Camryn is an energetic child who loves to play air hockey, collect stickers, colour and play outside. But she also has a number of health issues which mean frequent trips to five different clinics at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. In the past, her care team had to wade through thick paper files in search of test results. However, since the implementation of an electronic medical record (EMR), Camryn’s care team can more easily find the information they are looking for and quickly share it with their colleagues. Here is Camryn’s story.

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.

Paper Examines Gap Between Desire for and Use of Digital Consumer Health Solution

Posted on August 26, 2014 by Jennifer Zelmer

Eight in ten Canadians want online access to their personal health information. Four per cent have it.

Finding a Smaller, More Targeted Audience May be The Key to Success in Social Media

Posted on August 20, 2014 by Jennifer Zelmer

Having just started tweeting, I was excited to join Infoway’s recent Public Health Social Media Challenge Expert Q&A Session. Teams from our Public Health Social Media Challenge were given the opportunity to pose questions to our panel of experts. They asked some challenging questions and received some great advice.

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.

Put Your Audience First When Devising a Social Media Plan

Posted on July 8, 2014 by Fraser Ratchford

I recently had the pleasure of hosting our second Expert Forum. For one hour, teams participating in our ImagineNation Public Health Social Media Challenge presented their social media initiatives to receive feedback from a group of experts. The Public Health Social Media Challenge is designed to inspire public health organizations in Canada to use social media in creative and innovative ways to reach out to and connect with their audience.

Remote Patient Monitoring Could Improve The Quality of Life for Patients

Posted on July 2, 2014 by Bobby Gheorghiu

Although Canada’s health care system faces many challenges ahead, there is also tremendous innovation happening that is transforming the way health care is delivered. Through the use of technology, for example, health care can be brought closer to the patient — it can be accessed at the touch of a tablet or specialized device, such as a blood pressure cuff or wireless scale, through which health care providers monitor changes in a patient’s condition and coach them on how to manage their health — and before it deteriorates, requiring a trip to the emergency room.

Mobile Health Apps and the Demand for Personalized Care (Part 3 of 3)

Posted on June 24, 2014 by Anne Snowdon

There are a number of legitimate concerns that have been raised around the rapid explosion of health apps. A key barrier to the widespread adoption of health apps continues to be worries around privacy, security, and liability issues related to accessing, storage and ownership of health data. Health information is considered highly sensitive and private, and there are valid questions regarding liability should inappropriate access to information take place, or if health information is inadvertently released due to technical issues. There is also ambiguity around the regulation of health apps themselves, particularly when they offer medical information or health-based services.

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