As digital health care initiatives such as electronic medical records become an increasingly common element of health care delivery world-wide, many of the same challenges that exist in the real world are manifested in the virtual one as well. A common challenge in the digital world is to ensure that everyone is speaking the same language and using common terminology.
On May 29, 2018, at the Digital Health Canada Annual General Meeting in Vancouver, I completed my two-year term as the association’s President, and welcomed a new Board of Directors who will continue to build bridges across and beyond health care and push the boundaries of the organization’s efforts to date.
I had the pleasure of attending the FHIR North Education and Connectathon event held at Mohawk College on April 26. Given the requests I’ve received for my thoughts on the event and FHIR itself, I thought I’d share them with others:
#1. There's a lot of interest FHIR. 238 people registered for the event. That’s on par with the numbers we would see in the US and they have 10 times our population and are way head of Canada in terms of FHIR implementations.
On April 21, 1864, William Sellers launched the first standardization battle of the industrial era. He addressed a room full of engineers and machinists in the lecture hall of the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia to gather support for standardizing thread counts on screws.
This second blog of a two-part series investigates the positives of consumer e-Health solutions. I will look at what makes for a successful solution, and propose some ideas to guide policy development around consumer eHealth.
A Framework for Evaluating Cloud Deployment Within Healthcare Organizations - Part 2
In my previous blog post, I discussed how moving from internal IT service delivery to a cloud model requires a fundamental shift in organizational planning, a major component of which is human resource (HR) planning, also referred to as human capital management. No matter the cloud delivery model chosen, there will be an impact on IT department responsibilities, as well as the types of roles needed to support the new model.
A Framework for Evaluating Cloud Deployment Within Healthcare Organizations - Part 1
Can the primary drivers for moving to a cloud model be realized in the Canadian healthcare space? In this series of blogs, I will detail the costs and considerations associated with cloud deployments and distill these factors into a decision making framework to help you answer that question for your organization.
In early 2006, I was sitting in a computer science class at the University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada) listening to (now Gevity Managing Partner Emeritus) Tracy Forbes talk about the British Columbia Ministry of Justice (BC Corrections) primary care information system.
Gevity’s Kiersten Mackie on Her Day as e-Health 2015 Conference Chair
Jerry Seinfeld once joked, “according to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death…this means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.”
There is no doubt that teams play a significant role in today’s workplace. Over the years thousands of articles have been published to share insights into making the inner workings of a team optimal. When asked to write a short piece on teamwork for this issue of EP Exchange, I decided that I would write about what I believe are ingredients of successful teamwork. These “ingredients” lend themselves nicely to form the acronym: G.R.E.A.T. The intention of this article is to provide another view on helping teams succeed, ensure collaboration, and become
With so many health issues being highlighted in the media recently it can be hard to put them all into perspective. The most recent Ebola case count now stands at over 20,000 with nearly 8000 deaths. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Measles and even a Mumps outbreak among NHL players have captivated media attention. But what should Canadians really be concerned with?
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