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Five Years of Open Innovation at Infoway: Five Challenge Types to Drive Innovation

Posted on July 5, 2016 by Fraser Ratchford

In a previous post , we discussed the numerous reasons you may benefit from running an open innovation challenge. Now that you have your reasons, it’s time to choose the challenge type that will allow you to encourage the kind of innovation you’re looking for.

e-Visits: A Natural Evolution of the Doctor’s Visit?

Posted on June 22, 2016 by Dr. Rashaad Bhyat

A physician colleague of mine recently reflected on the changing nature of his practice, in the years since he started using an electronic medical record (EMR). He noted that an increasing amount of his work as a primary care physician does not actually require the patient to be in his office.

Five Years of Open Innovation at Infoway: Why Host a Challenge?

Posted on June 14, 2016 by Fraser Ratchford

The optimal solution to a tough problem can be hard to find. That’s a main advantage of open innovation challenges — they bring a larger set of creative minds to bear, yielding more and better answers. This ability has been used to great effect in many of the challenges Canada Health Infoway has hosted as part of the ImagineNation series.

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.

Infoway’s Patient Engagement Framework Helps Us Connect with Patients and Consumers

Posted on May 31, 2016 by Shelagh Maloney

Digital health technologies have the potential to transform the patient experience and improve patient outcomes — but to do so, they need to be designed with the patient in mind. This is why engaging with consumers and patients is a vital part of what we do here at Infoway.

e-Prescribing Facilitates Patient Safety and Better Health Outcomes

Posted on May 24, 2016 by Bobbi Reinholdt

Canadian pharmacists fill 600 million prescriptions each year, and 44 per cent of those are handwritten. That’s a lot of potentially illegible prescriptions and it’s just one reason why it’s time for an e-prescribing solution in Canada.

Ambulatory EMRs Increase Clinic Efficiency, Enabling Clinics to See More Patients

Posted on May 17, 2016 by Chad Leaver

When you visit a specialist at a hospital clinic for the day, you’re probably there because you received a referral from your family doctor. Or, perhaps you are following up from a recent in-hospital stay, or receiving ongoing care or treatment for a health condition. Maybe, like so many Canadians, you’re helping a family member or friend to get to — and from — appointments. Whatever the reason, you know that a visit to the specialist is an important part of supporting your health care needs and contributes critical information to your health care journey.

Five Years of Open Innovation at Infoway: By the Numbers

Posted on May 10, 2016 by Fraser Ratchford

The ImagineNation Challenges series is celebrating a milestone — our 5th anniversary! This year marks five years of sparking innovation and fostering a community of innovators who are passionate about improving health and health care.

EMR, EHR and PHR – and Now aEMR and H/HIS – What’s with These Systems?

Posted on May 4, 2016 by Dennis Giokas

A lot has changed since the initial blog post on this topic five years ago. The nature of the systems supporting clinicians and patients has matured significantly. For example, many now have advanced functionality beyond simple record keeping and some have patient-centred functions. In addition, the scope of these systems now covers a broader user base – one beyond their original users. The description of these digital health solutions has become quite complex, especially when we consider users, care settings, the data, functionality and technology.

Bridging Distances through Telehealth Helps Both Patients and the Health Care System

Posted on April 19, 2016 by Shelagh Maloney

Geography doesn’t have to be a factor anymore in the level of care a patient receives, and that’s good for both patients and the health care system. Take the case of Dr. Dylan Blacquiere, a stroke neurologist in New Brunswick. Using videoconferencing, he is able to provide the same level of expertise and care to his patients in northern New Brunswick as those he sees face to face in Saint John, NB. This helps provide timely interventions, which is great not only for patients but the health care system.

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.

Another Positive Performance Evaluation for Infoway

Posted on April 7, 2016 by Michael Green

Just a couple of weeks after learning that the federal government has allocated $50 million over two years to Infoway in its 2016-2017 budget, I’m pleased to say that our commitment to accountability for taxpayers’ funds has been recognized once again. We have received another very positive independent performance evaluation regarding progress under our 2003 funding agreement with the federal government. This follows equally positive evaluations in 2006 and 2011 for this funding agreement. In fact, all performance evaluations and audits required by our funding agreements have been consistently positive.

5 Years of ImagineNation: What We’ve Learned

Posted on March 31, 2016 by Fraser Ratchford

Dr. Peter Diamandis, CEO of X PRIZE Foundation, doesn’t build rockets. But, he may be the reason any civilians have a chance of going to outer space. Dr. Diamandis created the Ansari X Prize, which challenged teams or individuals to develop a commercial spacecraft using new ideas and innovations.

Use of Simple Digital Technology Makes Big Health Care Impact

Posted on March 29, 2016 by Bobby Gheorghiu

On average, 50 per cent of those with chronic diseases deviate from recommended treatment protocols, which can not only affect their health outcomes, but also cost the health care system (estimated at $300 billion annually in the U.S.).1  Over the past decade, Infoway has worked with our partners to investigate, pilot, evaluate and broadly deploy solutions which address health system challenges like these. 

Talking to Your Patient About Digital Health

Posted on March 22, 2106 by Dr. Rashaad Bhyat

“The digital world has been in a separate orbit from our medical cocoon, and it's time the boundaries be taken down.”
– Dr. Eric Topol1

What Sparked Five Years of Innovation?

Posted on March 17, 2016 by Jennifer Zelmer

“What makes you think that you’re so smart that you can guess the winners?”

Is it Time for a Digital Injection?

Posted on March 16, 2016 by Sukirtha Tharmalingam

Nearly one-third (30%) of parents aren’t fully confident they can provide complete, accurate records on their children’s immunizations, according to a survey commissioned by Canada Health Infoway (Infoway). The survey explored parents’ experiences with managing their children’s immunization records. It also found that 30% of parents reported it was likely that their child had missed an immunization.

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.

Three Tips to Improve Your Entry in the Data Impact Challenge II

Posted on February 23, 2016 by Fraser Ratchford

In health care, there are many policy issues and questions for which there doesn’t seem to be any easy way to find the answers. But what if the answers are hiding right under our noses?

The Economics of Digital Health

Posted on February 9, 2016 by Shelagh Maloney

Digital health can mean faster care and better outcomes for patients and instant access to important information for authorized clinicians — but the benefits don’t stop there.

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