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2013 News Releases


CHEO Has Glimpsed the Future; and It is Paperless

Federal Minister of Health Ambrose Marks Significant Milestone in Healthcare Innovation

November 20, 2013 (Ottawa, ON) – The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) today announced its innovation roadmap and the successful “go live” of the first phase of a fully integrated electronic health record – a massive undertaking necessitating, for example, the conversion of two million laboratory records and touching the practice of hundreds of clinicians. Minister of Health Rona Ambrose was on hand to review the project and celebrate this significant milestone.

Canada Health Infoway Becomes First Canadian Recipient of Prestigious, Global Project Management Office (PMO) of the Year Award

Also becomes first government-funded recipient in the world

November 12, 2013 (Toronto) – Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) today was recognized for its efforts to ensure accountability for taxpayer dollars, becoming the first Canadian company and first government-funded organization in the world to win the prestigious, international Project Management Office (PMO) of the Year award, announced Richard Alvarez, President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway.

$1 Million in Awards and Incentives for Clinicians Using Digital Health to Connect With Patients and Peers

ImagineNation e-Connect Impact Challenge Launched Today

November 4, 2013 (Toronto) – Clinicians who use digital health to connect with their peers and patients are invited to develop plans, demonstrate progress and share experiences for a chance to receive awards and incentives as part of a new ImagineNation e-Connect Impact Challenge, launched today by Richard Alvarez, President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway (Infoway).

Sunrise Ambulatory Care™ Module Versions 5.5, 6.0 and 6.1 Achieves Canada Health Infoway Certification

November 1, 2013 (Toronto, ON) - Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) and Allscripts announced today that Sunrise Ambulatory Care™ Module versions 5.5, 6.0 and 6.1 have achieved Infoway's J-class, Laboratories and Clinical Documents Ambulatory Electronic Medical Record (EMR) certification, ensuring it conforms to national and international standards for privacy, security and interoperability.

Infoway and the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) launch review of certification of digital health solutions

October 31, 2013 (Toronto, ON) – Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) and the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC), today launched a review of certification of the Canadian digital health solution landscape to ensure it continues to address emerging industry needs, trends and best practices.

New Survey Reveals Canadians Want Access to Digital Health Tools

October 23, 2013 (Toronto) – Ninety-six per cent of Canadians think it's important that the health care system make use of digital health tools and capabilities, and 89 per cent feel it is important that they personally have full advantage of digital health tools and capabilities, according to a new survey by Harris/Decima, released by Canada Health Infoway (Infoway).

From Burnaby to Halifax, Canadians share stories about health IT’s impact

ImagineNation Impact Challenge illustrates how digital health advances are benefitting Canadians

September 17, 2013 (Toronto) – When Allison McArthur's six-year-old daughter Ashlynn was diagnosed with autism in 2007, she didn't realize the role digital health would play in offering respite and hope as they embarked on a new path filled with daily challenges.

Digital Health Investments Benefiting Business, Careers

Impact Challenge participants from across Canada share their stories

September 17, 2013 (Toronto) – When Arlene Silverstein embarked on a career in kinesiology, focussing on chronic disease prevention and management, the last thing she expected was for information technology to become a central part of her work.

Telehealth Expansion Project to Benefit BC First Nations

September 13, 2013 (Coast Salish Territory, Vancouver, BC) – BC First Nations will soon have improved access to health and wellness services through expanded use of telehealth, announced The First Nations Health Authority, BC Ministry of Health, and Canada Health Infoway.


Public Voting Opens for Infoway’s Patient Impact Challenge Entries

Two weeks to vote for your favourite digital health stories

August 19, 2013 (Toronto) – Canadians are now invited to vote for their favourite stories entered into the Patient Impact Challenge. The stories are the latest part of Canada Health Infoway's ImagineNation Challenges, launched to capture the impact of digital health on the lives of Canadians. The top three favourites will receive Canada's Choice Awards following the public vote that runs until August 29, 2013.

Infoway challenges businesses: Share how health IT has impacted your company for a chance to award grants to academic institutions

Canada Health Infoway Impact Challenges offers chance to ‘pay it forward’

July 10, 2013 (Toronto) – Canadian companies that share how public investments in digital health have impacted their businesses will be entered into a draw to decide which college or university will benefit from three grants worth $2,000 each, designed to foster future impact in health IT, announced Richard Alvarez, President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway. 

Clinicians Caring for Residents of Manitoba First Nations Communities Working Towards Exchanging Patient Health Information with Other Care Providers

Ready access to vital patient information to improve patient experience, lead to more efficient care

July 3, 2013 (Sagkeeng First Nation, MB) – Authorized clinicians who care for residents of nine Manitoba First Nation Communities can now access patient medical information electronically using a community Electronic Medical Record (cEMR). This is the first step in working towards exchanging electronic health information, announced Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) Grand Chief Derek Nepinak, together with Richard Alvarez, President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway (Infoway).

Refreshed Strategic Plan Focuses on Next Steps in Canada’s Digital Health Journey

Identifies five important opportunities based on Canadians’ priorities

June 26, 2013 (Toronto, ON) – Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) today released Opportunities for Action: A Pan-Canadian Digital Health Strategic Plan. The plan, which details the health care priorities that digital health solutions can best support over the coming years, has identified key opportunities for action.

Infoway Challenges Highlight Digital Health’s Impact on Patients, Careers, Companies

June 19, 2013 (Toronto) – A new series of Infoway Challenges will focus on the impact digital health investments have been making in Canada and aim to accelerate these benefits, announced Richard Alvarez, President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway. 


Over 90 per cent Growth in Digital Health Users for Outcomes Challenge

Participants report more than 3 million uses as award recipients announced

May 27, 2013 (Ottawa, ON) – Infoway's ImagineNation Outcomes Challenge participants serve as examples of how the adoption and use of digital solutions that improve health care can be increased across Canada, according to Richard Alvarez, President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway.

Undergraduate nursing students create mental health app, receive inaugural Student e-Health Leadership Award

Award recognizes leadership in adoption and use of information and communications technologies among undergraduate nursing students

April 30, 2013 (Toronto, ON) – The Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) and Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) have announced the inaugural recipients of the $1,000 Student e-Health Leadership Award.

Electronic Medical Records Deliver Efficiencies, Patient Safety, Improved Communication

More than $1.3 billion in benefits since 2006: New study

April 22, 2013 (Toronto, ON) – With a two-fold increase in adoption since 2006, use of electronic medical records (EMR) in community-based practices in Canada has yielded efficiency and patient care benefits valued at $1.3 billion, a new independent study reveals.

Medical Students and Faculty Recognized for Commitment to Improving Clinical Practice Through Digital Health Solutions

April 16, 2013 (Ottawa, ON) - The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) and Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) are pleased to announce the results of two competitions aimed at improving clinical practice and patient care by supporting medical school faculty, students and residents in their learning  and clinical use of digital tools.  

Latest Wolf EMR Version Achieves Canada Health Infoway Certification

April 9, 2013 (Toronto, ON)  Infoway and TELUS Health recently announced that the latest version of TELUS Health’s Wolf Electronic Medical Record (EMR) software, version 2012.1, has achieved Infoway’s EMR National Class certification.

Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada and Canada Health Infoway Recognize Student Leadership in Pharmacy Informatics

Pharmacy Student Award recipients to help shape informatics education for the next generation of pharmacists

March 11, 2013 (Toronto, ON) – The Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC) and Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) have announced the recipients of six awards aimed at strengthening learning on the effective use of information and communications technologies among pharmacy students. As a component of the AFPC/Infoway Pharmacists in Training initiative, the recipients of the 2012 Pharmacy Student Awards will contribute to the development of a national online educational program for pharmacy students.

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