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

The Value of Certification Services

Posted on July 6, 2015 by Mark Nenadovic

Before I took on a new role as the Group Director for Infoway’s Certification Services program, Infoway had partnered with the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) to conduct a joint review of digital health certification services in Canada.

What’s Hiding in Your Data?

Posted on June 24, 2015 by Simon Hagens

We at Infoway, and a few of our partners, had some nagging questions about our healthcare system. Questions for which we needed answers, but didn’t have them: duplication rates for tests and exams, follow-up rates for abnormal tests, or the impact of prompt discharge summaries on re-admission. I would imagine many of you have unanswered questions, too.

Successes and Lesson Learned; e-Booking Initiative Participants

Posted on June 15, 1015 by Cassie Frazer

The benefits of electronic patient appointment booking (“e-booking”) seem to be straightforward and easy to anticipate for patients. Compared to conventional appointment scheduling, e-booking is convenient, saves time and can result in improved patient and provider satisfaction. Generally speaking, once a practice has begun to use an e-booking solution, their patients and staff cannot imagine ever going back.

Cancer Led Me to Digital Health and I Haven’t Looked Back Since

Posted on June 5, 2015 by Judith Morley

National Cancer Survivors Day is June 7. As a cancer survivor, I am marking this a special day by sharing my story of how digital health helped me throughout my cancer journey.

I had never heard of digital health when a routine colonoscopy led to a devastating cancer diagnosis in January 2008. By the time I was declared cancer-free seven years later, I was not only an avid user of digital health, I wouldn’t dream of giving it up.

Telehealth Saves Dr. Picard’s Patients from Hours of Travel

Posted on May 29, 2015 by Shelagh Maloney

No one likes taking time from their busy lives to go to the doctor’s office. Imagine if that trip required hours of travel? Worse still, imagine making that trip while dealing with pain and mobility issues caused by arthritis — all for a simple follow-up. These are the issues many of Dr. Léo Picard’s patients have to deal with, and this is why he uses telehealth.

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.

It’s Time to GET LOUD about Mental Health in the Workplace

Posted on May 8, 2015 by Nicole Hodgkinson

Only a third of those who need mental health services in Canada actually receive them, which is why the theme of this year’s annual Mental Health Week, “GET LOUD,” is appropriate.

Remote Patient Care = Fewer Hospital Stays

Posted on April 15, 2015 by Shelagh Maloney

Remote patient care (RPC) is just one digital health innovation that is transforming the delivery of health care in Canada. Infoway recently released a new whiteboard animation that explores the benefits of RPC (also known as remote patient monitoring or RPM), and the benefits are many.

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.

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