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Seven Health Care Organizations LEADing the Way

LEADing Practices advance the awareness and adoption of digital health in Canada

March 11, 2014 (Toronto) – Canada Health Infoway (Infoway), in partnership with Accreditation Canada, announces seven LEADing Practice award recipients for their leadership in the advanced use of technology in clinical practice. The award is part of Infoway's pan-Canadian Knowing is Better clinician education campaign developed to generate awareness of the benefits of digital health in Canada.

"Every day, more and more of health care in Canada goes digital," said Richard Alvarez, president and CEO, Canada Health Infoway. "From creative ways to use technology for tuberculosis surveillance, to sharing health records that help clinical teams care for patients with complex needs, the LEADing Practice award recipients are helping to make effective use of digital health a reality and it is my pleasure to recognize them for their accomplishments."

A LEADing Practice exemplifies one or more of the five benefit areas of digital health and represents best practice characteristics for use in clinical practice: Learning from others; Exemplifying benefits; Accelerating adoption; and Delivering results.

Based on these LEADing characteristics, a selection committee of health care representatives from Infoway's Clinical Council and Reference Groups, Accreditation Canada, the Canadian Healthcare Association / Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations, the Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Nurses Association, and the Canadian Pharmacists Association, reviewed and evaluated each submission resulting in seven LEADing Practice award recipients:

  • Drs. Lamb, Mielke & Teal, Hamilton, Ontario
  • QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Public Health Ontario, Toronto, Ontario
  • ACCESS River East, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario
  • Health Sciences North, Ambulatory Care Clinics, Sudbury, Ontario
  • Central Hastings Family Health Team, Madoc, Ontario

"LEADing practices are noteworthy examples of high-quality leadership and service delivery in Canada," said Wendy Nicklin, president and CEO, Accreditation Canada. "On behalf of Accreditation Canada, I would like to congratulate all LEADing Practice award recipients."

Over the next year, these organizations will be sharing their LEADing Practices with other clinicians and health care leaders to help accelerate the adoption and effective use of digital health across Canada.

To learn more about the Knowing is Better clinician education campaign and the seven LEADing Practices, visit KnowingIsBetter.ca.

About Canada Health Infoway

Funded by the federal government, Infoway helps to improve the health of Canadians by working with partners to accelerate the development, adoption and effective use of digital health across Canada. Through our investments, we help deliver better quality and access to care and more efficient delivery of health services for patients and clinicians.

About Accreditation Canada

Accreditation Canada is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits health care and social services organizations in Canada and around the world. Its comprehensive accreditation programs foster ongoing quality improvement through evidence-based standards and a rigorous external peer review. Accredited by the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), Accreditation Canada has been helping organizations improve health care quality and patient safety for more than 55 years.

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