February 24, 2015 (Toronto) – Children living in northern Canada are receiving the preventative health, vision and dental interventions they need thanks to University of Saskatchewan faculty and their innovative program, Northern Caring for Kids Where They Live.
The program, recently recognized with the inaugural 2015 Faculty Interprofessional eHealth Award, provides educational opportunities for health care students to deliver care in northern Saskatchewan using digital health solutions. The team's submission demonstrated a commitment to an integrated health care model that brings together professionals from different disciplines and focuses on patient-centred care.
"Ensuring faculties are equipped with the resources needed to educate students to work collaboratively in today's digital world is integral to providing quality patient care," said Maureen Charlebois, Chief Nursing Executive & Group Director, Clinical Adoption, Canada Health Infoway. "I congratulate the faculty team for exemplifying collaboration and leadership, embracing the use of digital health tools and providing a pathway for students to learn within an interprofessional e-health setting that otherwise, wouldn't exist."
Members of the Faculty Interprofessional eHealth Award recipient team from the University of Saskatchewan include:
- Dr. Jill Bally, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
- Dr. Shelley Spurr, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
- Dr. Lorna Butler, Dean, College of Nursing
- Dr. Alyssa Hayes, Assistant Professor, College of Dentistry
- Dr. Shahab Khan, Ophthalmologist, College of Medicine
- Mr. Mark Tomtene, Director of Information and Communications Technology, College of Nursing
"Our team is honoured to be the first to receive this prestigious award," said Dr. Jill Bally, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan. "Experiencing the positive impact of bringing access to care to northern communities in Saskatchewan through the Northern Caring for Kids Where They Live program, we recognize how important it is that our nursing students are prepared to provide care in a technology-enabled environment and to collaborate with other professionals to address the unique health challenges experienced where there are acute shortages of health care professionals."
The award is a component of the Canada Health Infoway's "Next Generation: Clinicians in Training" and is in partnership with the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC) and the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN). The focus of the network is to enable faculty to embrace a culture of change and transform how they educate students to provide patient-centered, interprofessional and collaborative care, in a technology-enabled environment.
About the University of Saskatchewan
The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) is a major research-intensive university and a member of the U15, a group of the top research universities in Canada. Our main campus is located in the heart of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and is home to a full range of health science colleges, including medicine, nursing, veterinary medicine, dentistry and pharmacy and nutrition. The College of Nursing is a world leader in educating nurses in interprofessional health care, research, practice, innovation, capacity building and policy development. We offer both undergraduate, as well as graduate programming at our campuses in Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert or through distributed learning at our sites in Ile-a-La-Cross, La Ronge and Yorkton.
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.
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