Every few weeks, I take a look back on the stories that made an impact on me. Here is a roundup of my latest top 10 from May 1-15, 2019.

  1. Gevity’s Frederic Laroche offered the first-ever French language FHIR tutorial at this year’s HL7 Conference and Working Group Meeting in Montreal. We were thrilled to be able to contribute to the development of FHIR expertise en français!
  2. The U.S. Congressional Budget Office issued a report on the potential impact and implications of implementing a single-payer healthcare system in the U.S. One of the key takeways was that it could considerably simplify the current complex landscape of technologies.
  3. As Gevity continues to work with its U.S. partner Divurgent and focus on the implementation of clinical information systems in Canada and the U.S., it’s good to know which solutions providers dominate which sectors.
  4. Gevity is proud to have played a role in the implementation of Panorama, Nova Scotia’s public health information system, which enables the province to track vaccines and outbreaks of infectious diseases, including measles.
  5. We expect our doctors to show empathy to their patients. But that street should go both ways: we need to adopt a multi-faceted approach to technology that tackles both the immediate symptoms and the underlying causes of physician burnout, according to this article
  6. When we think of all the challenges facing the adoption of digital health in Canada, we typically think of siloed systems, resistance to change and other problems. But cracking the procurement nut may be the most important barrier of all to overcome.
  7. Ontario is transforming its healthcare system. As part of that overhaul, the Ontario Telemedicine Network, which provides virtual health care, laid off 44 staff.
  8. On May 8, 2019, Gevity staff presented at the Toronto Emerging Health Leaders Healthcare Happy Hour event focused on recruiting. We’re committed to providing opportunities and supporting the development of healthcare professionals.
  9. Manitoba is investing in healthcare IT in an effort to manage workloads among clinicians and predict patient volumes to better match the supply of caregivers with demand.
  10. “Vaccine hesitation” and anti-vaccination rhetoric online have contributed to the re-mergence of diseases previously eradicated. To combat this turn of events, the University of Toronto has formed an interdisciplinary hub of academic research and educational practice with experts drawn from across various faculties to better understand and address the growth of preventable illnesses.