Health care community
To ensure clinical value is achieved through our health information technology investments, we actively engage the health care community – in leadership, practice and education - to support our mandate. This includes connecting with individual clinicians, as well as health care organizations and not-for-profit associations.
Established in 2011, Infoway’s Clinical Council brings together an inter-disciplinary group of health care providers and patient representatives. The Clinical Council works with Infoway in the following ways:
- provides strategic advice on Infoway’s overall clinical engagement approach
- actively reaches out to clinical leaders across the country,
- suggests suitable candidates to participate in the organizations’ discipline and project specific clinical and consumer reference groups.
The Council is chaired by Dr. Michael Golbey, family physician from Kelowna BC. See a complete list of Clinical Council members.
Clinical Reference and Working Groups
These groups collectively provide forums with pan-Canadian expertise from physician, nursing and pharmacist leaders. Members work with Infoway to inform our plans to accelerate clinical value for Canadians and their healthcare providers through the use of information and communications technologies. Each group may work on its own or with the other reference groups or Clinical Committees/Councils. Members also often provide advice to Infoway on projects and initiatives.
Next Generation - Clinicians in Training
To ensure that we help prepare physician, pharmacy and nursing students for practice in modern, technology-enabled clinical environments, we have embarked on three year partnerships with the Association of Faculties of Medicine in Canada (AFMC), Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) and the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy Canada (AFPC). Partners engage both learners and faculty in multi-faceted initiatives. Find out more about the Clinicians in Training projects.
Clinician Peer Support Network
Promoting active engagement of health care professionals in the implementation and effective use of electronic health information systems, such as electronic medical records, across Canada, is the key objective of the national Clinician Peer Support Network. Here, clinicians have the opportunity to:
- share best practices and build new knowledge
- provide clinical leadership to develop expertise and facilitate learning
- identify common and unique enablers and barriers to clinical transformation using ICT solutions
Find out more about how the Network functions, how you can build your knowledge, and how you can connect with clinical peer leaders.
For more information on Infoway's Clinical Engagement programs, contact us by email.
Dr. Donald Chan is a physician in Edmonton, Alberta. He shares his knowledge as a peer leader.
As part of strategic planning, we periodically engage with Canadians through face-to-face forums across the country to understand their perspectives and expectations, as well as learn about their ideas on ways to improve health care through innovation in information and communications technologies. In addition, we conduct regular public opinion research studies, and include patient associations and representatives in our work.
We also reach out through our public education efforts to encourage the public to learn more about the benefits of the electronic health information systems and the progress across Canada.
Canada Health Infoway is funded by the Government of Canada and co-invests with the provinces and territories to fund and monitor projects that form the network of electronic health information systems in Canada.
Infoway also actively gains the participation of various levels of government in face-to-face forums and pan-Canadian working groups to exchange ideas, share knowledge on best practices and lessons learned, and inform strategies to continuously evolve our mission.
Areas such as privacy, standards and architecture development, clinical adoption, change management and benefits evaluation are just a few examples of where support is provided to jurisdictions for their deployment efforts.
As we continue down the path towards the adoption and implementation of a pan-Canadian, interoperable electronic health network, we work with researchers and academics to help evaluate, measure, and consolidate our efforts. For example, we have partnered with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to fund research in priority areas.
Working with private and public sector technology partners to strengthen and expand Canada’s health infostructure requires extensive collaboration and knowledge-sharing.
We engage in face-to-face forums and working groups to gain insights into emerging trends, overcoming barriers to deployment and evolving existing solutions to realize increased clinical value.
We also assist solution providers by offering Certification Services designed to accelerate the introduction of private, secure, and interoperable solutions that leverage investments in EHR systems.
We actively pursue the demonstration of innovative technology solutions that are making a difference in health care, and promote them at Infoway-sponsored events. Our National Industry Executive works with industry and associations to ensure input to Infoway’s investment strategies as well as on-going dialogue on progress across Canada.
The Infoway Standards Collaborative actively engages a broad range of Canadian standards stakeholders in a streamlined governance structure, integrating committees, organizations, processes and services across numerous Standards Development Organizations and domains to deliver a single, unified approach for managing and co-ordinating health information standards in Canada. We offer many ways for stakeholders to join the conversation, such as participating in Standards Collaborative Working Groups, online forums, and Partnership Conferences, to ensure open, transparent and inclusive collaboration for standards development and maintenance in Canada.
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