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 April 16-30, 2019.

  1. If there is one issue that has stayed in the headlines for weeks now, it’s the measles outbreak, and, equally as significantly, the arguments over how best to contain the re-emerging illness. This podcast explores New York’s mandatory vaccination orders and the issues that might arise from that approach.
  2. The World Health Organization released its first guidelines on digital health technologies. The guidelines are meant to help countries providing digital health options ensure vulnerable and remote populations are supported and that all patients’ privacy is protected.
  3. A Toronto-based health tech company has combined the best of both worlds – digital health technology and real-life care. I imagine we will see many more of these types of partnerships over the next year or so.
  4. Health care is evolving – slowly, it seems, but inevitably. This article calls for physicians to also evolve and become “e-physicians,” electronic, enabled, empowered, experts and engaged.
  5. Every day we hear about new ways digital health companies and clinicians are using artificial intelligence (AI) to augment – or completely up-end – patient care. One company is using AI to analyze patient data from a wide variety of sources and help patients manage conditions such as diabetes.
  6. Researchers across Canada will now have a single site where they can find consolidated health-related information, such as how different provinces inplement healthcare reforms or deal with primary care provider shortages, for example. The database is being launched with federal funding.
  7. Gevity’s Frederic Laroche is teaching the first French-language FHIR tutorial at the HL7 Working Group meeting in Montreal on May 6, 2019. French-speaking developers should take advantage of this opportunity! More en français here.
  8. Two Hamilton, ON docs are looking at how to use digital health technologies such as virtual care to provide care for marginalized patients. In addition to being a useful way to address that population’s needs, it also helps address system issues. More like this, please.
  9. A recent U.S. study indicates that more than a quarter of ambulatory care providers are considering replacing their EHR systems over the next year and a half. As Gevity, in partnership with U.S.-based Divurgent, delves deeper into this space, it’s good to know what those pain points are.
  10. Not all doctors and nurses want to spend their entire professional lives in front-line practice. A growing number are looking at fields such as healthcare informatics or medtech for other ways to harness their clinical knowledge. Making that shift can pose plenty of challenges, and this article suggests tips to overcome them.