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Big Connections, Big Impact: e-Connect Impact Challenge Teams Win With Digital Health

January 27, 2015 (Toronto) – Celebrating the more than 50 million times clinical teams or individual Canadians used digital health solutions over the past 12 months, Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) is pleased to announce the recipients of the ImagineNation e-Connect Impact Challenge Adoption Awards.

The Adoption Awards are presented to the teams whose solutions were accessed and used the most to communicate health information digitally to Canadians and authorized health care professionals, in the following four categories: e-Visits, e-Request for Prescriptions Renewals or Refills, e-Reports of Services and e-Request of Services.

These awards are one component of Infoway's e-Connect Impact Challenge, which encourages health care providers to improve the quality of care through digital health tools.

"The Adoption Awards recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of teams who are using digital health solutions to help deliver better health care to Canadians," said Fraser Ratchford Group Program Director, Consumer Health and Innovation at Canada Health Infoway. "Each team's effort contributes to a more efficient and effective health care system."

Congratulations to the recipients of the Adoption Awards:

  • e-Visits: Provides Canadians access to a private, secure and digital two-way interaction with their health care provider.
    • First place - Medeo
    • Second place - miDASH
    • Third place - Wellx
  • e-Request for Prescription Renewals or Refills: Allows patients to digitally request prescription renewals or refills from their health care provider.
    • First place – Community MD
    • Second place - miDASH
  • e-Reports of Services: Enables regulated clinicians to electronically provide reports about the services a patient received to other authorized care providers.
    • First place - ClinicalConnect
    • Second place - Interior Health Authority
    • Third place - The Oshawa Clinic
  • e-Requests for Services: Allows authorized health care providers to securely send electronic requests from one health care provider to another to request health care services for their patient.
    • First place - The Ottawa Hospital
    • Second place -The Oshawa Clinic
    • Third place - Otn.teledermSF

Coming up next in the Challenge:

The e-Connect Impact Challenge closes on March 31, 2015, so there's still time to participate and qualify for other awards and incentives:

  • The Max Impact Award – Until March 2015, $1,000 will be awarded to the top three teams in any category who increased the number of uses of their solution the most in the previous month.
  • The Overall Impact Awards – Up to $400,000 is available for the top three teams in each category of the Challenge who increased the use of their solution the most throughout the Challenge period.

About the ImagineNation Challenge Series:

The Infoway ImagineNation Challenges were unveiled in 2011 with a vision to inspire, provoke, and promote innovation in health and health care in Canada. Although each challenge is different, they all share the same ultimate goal: to improve quality of care and the patient experience using digital health.

The e-Connect Impact Challenge is currently open and runs until March 31, 2015. This Challenge is encouraging health providers to digitally connect with their patients and each other.

Infoway works with leading Canadian health organizations to help shape the Challenges by providing expert advice, encouraging participation, and promoting the Challenges and the results. These organizations are:

About Canada Health Infoway:

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. Infoway is an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the federal government.

medeo group
QHR Technologies accepts its ImagineNation e-Connect Impact
Challenge Adoption Award from Canada Health Infoway for its
first place finish in the e-Visits category. (L to R) Jim Mickelson,
Executive Regional Director, West & Mid-West Region, Canada
Health Infoway; Michael Smit, Vice-President, Marketing, QHR
Technologies; Greg Bell, Director, Software Development, QHR
Technologies; The Honourable Dr. Hedy Fry, MP, Vancouver Centre.

communitymd group
Community MD accepts its ImagineNation e-Connect Impact Challenge
Adoption Award from Canada Health Infoway for its first place finish in
the e-Request for Prescription Renewals or Refills category. (L to R) Terry
Moore, Executive Regional Director, Ontario Region, Canada Health Infoway;
Dr. Amit Arya, Community MD; Kyle Seeback, MP, Brampton West.

clinical connect group
ClinicalConnect accepts its ImagineNation e-Connect Impact Challenge
Adoption Award from Canada Health Infoway for their first place finish
in the e-Reports of Services category. (L to R) Mark Farrow, Vice
President and Chief Information Officer, Hamilton Health Sciences;
Jennifer Zelmer, Executive Vice President, Canada Health Infoway;
Dale Anderson, Senior Manager, eHealth.

ottawa hospital group
The Ottawa Hospital accepts its ImagineNation e-Connect Impact Challenge
Adoption Award from Canada Health Infoway for its first place finish in the
e-Requests for Services category. (L to R) Shafique Shamji, Executive Vice-
President and Chief Information Officer, The Ottawa Hospital; Michelle
Leafloor, Director, Clinical and Support Solution Delivery, The Ottawa
Hospital; Dr. Glen Geiger, Chief Medical Information Officer, The Ottawa
Hospital; Terry Moore, Executive Regional Director, Ontario Region, Canada
Health Infoway; David McGuinty, MP, Ottawa South.

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For more information:

Karen Schmidt
Director, Corporate Communications
Canada Health Infoway
Tel: (416) 595-3167
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