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Media Summary August 21Media Summary August 21The HIM Media Summary is compiled by the HIM Communications’ team on a bi-weekly basis. The stories featured in this email include topics related to Health Information Management. <h3 class="phsa-rteElement-Header3">HEALTH CARE NEWS & POLICY</h3><p class="phsa-rteElement-Paragraph"><br><a href="" target="_blank" name="nationalpost health how much does the average">How much does the 'average' Canadian pay in a year for public health care?</a><br>National Post | August 2, 2017<br><br>The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) believes Canada spent approximately $228 billion on health care in 2016. That’s 11.1 per cent of Canada’s entire GDP and $6,299 for every Canadian resident.<br><br>That per capita rate would put Canada near the high end of what other advanced economies pay.<br><br>According to the CIHI, in 2014, the last year for which comparable data was available, Canada spent $5,543 per resident, more than the United Kingdom ($4,986) and Australia ($5,187) but less than Sweden ($6,245) and far less than the United States ($11,126).<br><br><a href="" target="_blank" name="https cantechletter newswire reliq health t">Reliq Health Technologies Announces Go-Live with Rio Grande Valley Health Alliance</a><br>CanTech Letter | Aug 17, 2017<br><br>VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Reliq Health Technologies Inc.(TSXV:RHT) (OTCQB:RQHTF) (“Reliq” or the “Company”), a technology company focused on developing innovative mobile health (mHealth) and telemedicine solutions for Community-Based Healthcare, is pleased to announce the go-live of remote patient monitoring, care coordination and telemedicine platform with their Rio Grande Valley Health Alliance, LLC (RGVHA) in McAllen, Texas. <br><br>The Company has begun enrolling the first of RGVHA’s >30,000 Primary Care patients. The Company expects to add >500 patients to the platform each month going forward, generating over $20 Million USD in recurring annual revenue at full deployment.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank" name="phcnews ca news desktop transformation projec">Desktop Transformation Project (Dtp) Well On Its Way</a><br>PHC News | Aug 14, 2017<br><br>To date, 13% of Providence Health Care’s 4500 Windows XP workstations have been replaced because our Patient Care Information System (SCM, ED, ES, AM) was not Windows7 compatible. We are happy to let you know that a solution has been developed and plans are underway to pilot in the following areas:<br><br>Preadmission Clinic (starting Aug 9)Inpatient Surgery 10AB (starting Aug 14)Inpatient Renal 6B (starting Aug 21)HIM Registration Standards and Data Quality (starting Aug 21)SPH Emergency (starting Aug 28)Palliative Care 10D (starting Sep 18)<br><br>These plans to replace our computers have provided the opportunity to ‘redesign the clinical desktop’ with the intent to provide a more optimized and user friendly desktop experience for our clinicians. Key stakeholders across PHC have been engaged throughout the redesign and the pilot planning process. The key approaches for introducing the new clinical desktop are:<br><br>No formal training required (quick reference guides at each workstation)A range of support models: Super users, Onsite ‘project’ support at shift change, 24/7 phone supportA range of implementation models piloted (gradual versus ‘all at once’ rollouts)Hybrid environment with new (Windows 7) and old (Windows XP) computers both being available as the new clinical desktop rolls out to all clinical areas of the organization. <br><br>The key criteria for the new clinical desktop is that the “user experience must be at the same or better level than current user experience.” The pilots will be assessed specifically as it relates to clinical workflow and systems performance and will be reported back to our Senior Leadership team by the end of September to inform the plan moving forward. <br><br>If the pilots are successful, we are moving forward with the development of the post pilot rollout plans. As a first step, DTP will conduct a full discovery (inventory) of the remaining workstations across PHC to determine the hardware and software that will be needed to support the replacement of each workstation. Some departments/units have already been contacted to start the discovery work. The new computers with preloaded programs will be rolled out starting mid/late October and targeting to complete in April 2018.<br><br><a href="" name="canhealth blog it and ipac collaborate to dev" target="_blank"></a><br><a href="" target="_blank" name="vchnews ca across vch 2017 08 16 changes vch ">Changes to VCH Senior Executive Team</a><br>VCH News | Aug 16, 2017<br><br>With that in mind, it is with mixed emotions that I announce the departure of two members of the VCH Senior Executive Team. Oliver Grüter-Andrew, our Chief Information Officer, has accepted a new position as President and CEO of E-Comm 9-1-1, the organization responsible for the processing of BC’s 9-1-1 emergency calls and the response of police, fire and ambulance resources to them. Oliver, who provides oversight to our IMITS operations on a Lower Mainland basis through PHSA, first came to the executive table in 2015 and has made a significant impact on the delivery of IMITS services within VCH. While delighted for Oliver and the opportunity that lies ahead of him, I am disappointed that we will lose his leadership and experience in an area critical to the continued success of our health system. His last day with IMITS and VCH will be September 15. A decision on interim and future leadership for the IMITS function will be announced shortly.<br><br>Also leaving in the coming months is Paul Brownrigg, our Vice President of Clinical & Systems Transformation and Innovation. Paul joined us in 2014 to move our vision of transformation and innovation forward and he has done a wonderful job of advancing our strategies in areas ranging from telehealth and virtual care, to diagnostic imaging and CST. When Paul came to us, it was always on the basis of a term-position, meaning he would provide his services and expertise before choosing to move onto his next challenge. He feels the time is right to take that next step and will leave VCH in November to return to the world of healthcare consulting. A decision on the future leadership for Paul’s role will be made within the context of our overall transformational vision in the coming months.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank" name="https piquenewsmagazine whistler pemberton ">Pemberton Health Centre to get new nurses and technology</a><br>Pemberton Health Centre | July 27, 2017<br><br>Karin Olson, chief operating officer for Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), visited the Village of Pemberton's (VOP) Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday, July 25 with some welcome news.<br><br>Olson informed council that VCH has hired five additional nurses to serve the corridor, and now Pemberton will have two on-call nurses on any given night.<br><br>Since a nurse went on leave after a disturbing incident at the Pemberton Medical Clinic, the community has been dealing with staffing shortages, particularly for on-call shifts.<br><br>Olson also said that the Pemberton Health Centre and the Whistler Health Care Centre will be the first two hospitals in VCH to join the Clinical and Systems Transformation Project, a new initiative that will digitize patient records, so that they can be easily shared across hospitals throughout the region, as well as with the Provincial Health Services Authority and Providence Health Care.<br><br>"It allows the care providers here to look back on their history and see what care was provided, avoiding duplication of tests but also making sure that allergies and other safety pieces are respected," explained Olson following her presentation.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank" name="vchnews ca across vch 2017 08 15 reminder cal">REMINDER: Call for abstracts for BC Quality Forum 2018</a><br>VCH News | August 15, 2017<br><br><a href="" target="_blank" name="qualityforum ca ">The Quality Forum</a> is an annual event that brings together hundreds of people who are passionate about improving the quality of health care to learn, connect and share their work with each other. Presentations from participants are a central part of the Quality Forum – this is your chance to tell everyone about your big ideas, success stories and lessons learned from your work! Presentation abstracts for Quality Forum 2018 are due on September 8, 2017.<br></p><h3 class="phsa-rteElement-Header3">EHEALTH</h3><p class="phsa-rteElement-Paragraph"><br><a href="" target="_blank" name="https thestar news canada 2017 07 29 doctor">Doctors use this software during patient visits. Now Big Pharma is tapping it to sell their drugs</a><br>Toronto Star | July 29, 2017<br><br>Electronic patient records in doctors’ offices across the country are being used by brand name drug companies looking to muscle market share away from generic competitors, a Star investigation has found.<br><br>Concerned physicians say a clinical tool they use to write prescriptions and care for patients is being co-opted, and they fear health records are being tapped so drug companies can increase profits.<br><br>In the battle for pharmaceutical dominance, this new tactic, deployed in software used by doctors, has allowed brand-name companies to capitalize on the moment a prescription is written.<br><br>Here’s how it works:<br><br>The patient records are found in EMRs, or electronic medical record software, owned by Telus Health, a subsidiary of the telecom giant. The software is used by thousands of Canadian doctors to take notes during patient visits and to create a prescription to be filled by the patient’s pharmacy.<br><br>To drive business their way, brand-name drug companies have paid Telus to digitally insert vouchers so that the prescription is filled with their product instead of the lower-cost generic competitor that pharmacists normally reach for.<br><br>The vouchers are known in the industry as “patient-assistance programs.” It works like a coupon: If a patient’s insurance does not cover the full cost of the pricier brand name drug, the drug’s manufacturer will cover part or all of the cost difference from its generic equivalent.<br><br>The voucher feature is offered in a number of other electronic medical record systems, Telus said.<br></p><h3 class="phsa-rteElement-Header3">PRIVACY<br></h3><p class="phsa-rteElement-Paragraph"><br><a href="" target="_blank" name="hrmonline ca hr business review employment li">Privacy-breaching worker wins reinstatement</a><br>Human Resources News Canada | August 8, 2017</p><p class="phsa-rteElement-Paragraph"><br>Privacy issues in employment are gaining more and more attention these days, particularly in the healthcare sector.<br><br>The importance of privacy for individuals, institutions, and government is reflected in increasing restrictions and regulations on access to information.<br><br>For example, in late June 2017, the Ontario Government filed O.Reg 224/17 which amends the General Regulation under the Personal Health Information Protection Act to increase the situations when a health care custodian must notify the Information Privacy Commissioner of a possible breach.<br><br>Despite the increasing legislative scrutiny, enforcement and adherence to privacy restrictions remains a challenge for employers. Employers who are healthcare custodians are increasingly required to make discipline decisions with respect to employees who breach privacy and often those breaches occur out of simple curiosity.<br><br>Curiosity may have killed the cat, but arbitral case law suggests that curiosity by unionized employees may not kill the employment relationship.<br><br>In order to uphold the termination of employment for a unionized employee, an arbitrator must be satisfied that not only was there cause for discipline but that the penalty of discharge is appropriate in all the circumstances.<br><br>Unfortunately for employers trying to uphold their obligations as health care custodians and protectors of privacy, the approach taken by arbitrators might mean that a zero tolerance policy on privacy breaches will be ineffective. Arbitrators regularly look to factors such as remorse, reasons for the breach, and economic hardship to determine if the discharge should be upheld.<br><br>A recent decision from British Columbia, which was upheld on <a href="$2017.pdf" name="lrb bc ca decisions B062 2017 pdf">review</a><a href="$2017.pdf" name="lrb bc ca decisions B062 2017 pdf 2">,</a> suggests that even if the employee fails to show remorse until the day of the arbitration hearing, this belated remorse may be sufficient to allow an arbitrator to conclude that the employment relationship can be repaired and that reinstatement is appropriate.<br><br>In this case, a nurse had been terminated from her employment after improperly accessing personal medical records of numerous patients out of curiosity.<br><br>The union grieved the termination and a hearing was held where the union successfully argued that termination was an inappropriate and excessive penalty. The nurse was reinstated, although without back pay, despite the emphasis on privacy by governments and patients.<br><br>Arbitrator Brown ordered reinstatement in part because the nurse was discipline-free over eight years, the termination made it difficult to find alternate employment, the nurse was remorseful, and the nurse had taken courses to educate herself on privacy.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank" name="policyoptions irpp org magazines july 2017 pr">Will the new NAFTA allow Canadian governments to ensure that private data collected from Canadians will not be stored outside this country?</a><br>Policy Options| July 28, 2017<br><br>As we get ready to enter what promises to be a very contentious renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), we should keep in mind that supply-managed milk and chickens are not the only things the Americans will want to have on the table. The list of items for negotiation includes a number of sectors that were not included in the original agreement, often because those industries did not exist in the mid-1990s, at least not on the scale they do now.<br><br>In fact, the United States has <a href="" name="https ustr gov sites default files files Pr">made it explicit</a> that it intends to “establish rules to ensure that NAFTA countries do not impose measures that restrict cross-border data flows and do not require the use or installation of local computing facilities.” British Columbia’s public sector privacy law does just that, and we can expect that the domestic data-storage requirement in its Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) will be a bone of contention.<br><br>And no, this intention of the Americans’ isn’t some new zaniness from the mind of President Donald Trump, but a long-standing claim by <a href="" name="ustr gov sites default files 2013 20NTE pdf">successive administrations</a>.<br><br>BC is one of two provinces in Canada that have a domestic data storage requirement in law (the other is Nova Scotia). In BC the law came about as a way out of a huge controversy during the first government of Liberal premier Gordon Campbell. In 2004, Campbell undertook a number of outsourcing initiatives, one of which involved the health ministry contracting out the administration of BC’s public health insurance program to Maximus, a US-controlled private service provider.<br><br>The centre of the controversy was the prospect of the application of the USA Patriot Act to British Columbians’ personal health information. The USA Patriot Act contained a number of measures allowing American security and law enforcement agencies to gain access to personal information. This caused a huge uproar in BC.<br><a href="" name="https oipc bc ca special reports 1271"><br>BC’s information and privacy commissioner</a> demanded that protections be brought in, requiring that this data be stored in Canada (among other things), and Campbell agreed. As a result, <a href="" name="bclaws ca EPLibraries bclaws_new document ID ">BC’s law</a> requires public bodies in the province to “ensure that personal information in its custody or under its control is stored only in Canada and accessed only in Canada,” subject to a few limited exceptions.<br><br>The BC and Nova Scotia laws have been targeted by the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR). In <a href="" name="https t co u1DGqv6wd4">the latest annual report</a> on what it considers to be trade barriers around the world, the USTR claims these laws are barriers to digital trade:<br><br>British Columbia and Nova Scotia each have laws that mandate that personal information in the custody of a public body must be stored and accessed only in Canada unless one of a few limited exceptions applies. These laws prevent public bodies, such as primary and secondary schools, universities, hospitals, government-owned utilities, and public agencies, from using U.S. services when there is a possibility that personal information would be stored in or accessed from the United States.<br><br>Internal <a href="" name="fipa bc ca library Released_through_FOI USTR ">USTR documents</a> we obtained through the American Freedom of Information Act show that major US companies (Rackspace/Salesforce) complained to the USTR about BC’s requirement that government and other public sector data be stored in Canada. The documents also show the USTR took those complaints seriously, and it made a point of calling the BC ministry responsible for the law in early 2012 to discuss the issue. We didn’t get a record of what precisely was said during the call, but the USTR officials’ e-mails we did receive indicated they were interested in what they heard from the BC Ministry of Citizens’ Services.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank" name="fortherecordmag archives 0817p18 shtml">Swift Response Can Limit Cyber Attack Damage</a><br>For the Record | August 2017<br><br>On an organizational level, response plans provide the foundation for an effective defense and mitigation strategy. Sharecare's Jim Bailey, president of the company's health data services business unit, says that although organizations of every size and industry are under a constant barrage of cyber attacks, "In the event that one of these is successful at breaching your defenses, a cyber response plan, or incident response plan as we call it, can drastically impact the outcome of the attack. The complexity of systems, networks, and applications can be difficult and time consuming to properly inspect and recover from a cyber incident."<br><br>Time is definitely not on a health care organization's side when a cyber incident presents itself, says Sandy Garfinkel, JD, founder and chair of the Data Security and Privacy Practice Group at the law firm Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott. "Breach response is a game that is played against the clock. The longer it takes to investigate the incident, round up response team members and decision makers, identify affected people, marshal resources, and create and issue notifications, the greater the exposure to an entity," he explains, adding that exposure comes from many directions, including private claims, regulatory investigations, and shareholder actions.<br><br>Therefore, readiness is critical to minimizing fallout, says Rita Bowen, MA, RHIA, CHPS, CHPC, SSGB, vice president of privacy, compliance, and HIM policy with MRO, a disclosure management firm, adding that health care organizations must be vigilant and proactive in their efforts through incident response teams. "At MRO, we have a privacy and security incident response team and a data protection steering committee," she notes. "To be proactive, the data protection steering committee is looking at incidents that have happened in the health care environment and asking: What if this happens to us? We modify process and policy as needed to assure readiness."<br><br><a href="" target="_blank" name="canhealth blog response to ransomware costs h">Response to ransomware costs hospital $10 million</a><br>Can Health Tech | August 9, 2017<br><br>BUFFALO, N.Y. – Hackers demanded $30,000 from the Erie County Medical Center during a massive cyber-attack in April, when ransomware shut down the hospital’s computers. The medical centre didn’t pay the fee, but it did spend $5 million on new hardware, software and services to recover its data and protect itself from future intrusions.<br><br>Another $5 million in costs stemmed from a combination of increased expenses, such as for staff overtime pay, and lower revenues from the loss of business during the system down time, the Buffalo News reported.<br><br>That’s just the costs related to the incident. Going forward, medical center officials also anticipate an ongoing additional expense of $250,000 to $400,000 a month for investments in upgraded technology and employee education to harden its computer system defenses to reduce the risk and impact of future attacks.<br></p><h3 class="phsa-rteElement-Header3">QUALITY IMPROVEMENT</h3><p class="phsa-rteElement-Paragraph"><br><a href="" target="_blank" name="https ehrintelligence news how strong healt">How Strong Health Data Governance Ensures EHR Data Integrity</a><br>EHR Intelligence | August 7, 2017<br><br>Health data governance best practices are necessary for ensuring providers are getting the most out of their EHR systems. Maintaining the principles of data governance and implementing strategies to improve EHR data quality, use, and exchange can lead to better patient safety, health IT interoperability, and clinical efficiency.<br><br>The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) continues to stress the <a href="" name="ahima org topics infogovernance igbasics tabi">importance of effective EHR data management</a> and appropriate changes to clinical processes and workflows in the wake of rapid rates of EHR adoption and the growing need for accurate, timely information for high-quality patient care.<br><br>“The complexity of technology and the associated process and workflow changes associated with it can result in unintended consequences,” it stated the association. “While IG recognizes the importance of technology, it realigns the focus from being solely on technology to the people and policies generate and manage data and information for safe, high quality care.”<br>Health data governance is also useful for supporting patient engagement strategies for healthcare organizations interested in allowing patients greater access to their own electronic health information.<br><br>“IG addresses the need for transparency, accuracy, and integrity of information shared with patients,” stated AHIMA. “This is absolutely essential for patients to have confidence in their providers and fully participate as members of their healthcare team.”<br><br>Well-established data governance best practices as well as new developments in data provenance and EHR use guidelines can assist providers in optimizing health IT for improved patient health outcomes.<br><br><strong>Data governance best practices</strong><br><br>To assist healthcare organizations in reaping the benefits of data governance, AHIMA developed the <a href="" name="library ahima org doc oid 107468 WYiYTojyuUk">Information Governance Principles for Healthcare (IGPHC) framework</a>.<br>The framework sets forth a foundation of best practices for healthcare IG programs guided by the following eight principles:<br><br>Accountability-Healthcare organizations should require a member of hospital leadership to oversee a health data governance and management program. Healthcare organizations should also adopt a set of policies and procedures so the program can be audited.<br></p><h3 class="phsa-rteElement-Header3">CLINICAL DOCUMENTATION</h3><p class="phsa-rteElement-Paragraph"><br><a href="" target="_blank" name="fortherecordmag archives 0817p14 shtml">Make Documentation a Two-Way Street</a><br>For the Record | August 2017<br><br>While there are many ways patients are becoming more involved in their care, the idea of patients participating in the charting process is a relatively new strategy. Despite being a concept without a track record, patient participation in documentation has the potential to be a difference maker.<br><br>For Stephanie Drobny, MS-HSL, RN, CPHQ, regional senior manager for outpatient oncology and infusion at three hospitals in the Banner Health System, getting patients involved in the charting process has been an eye-opener. She started doing it on her own and then decided to present the idea to her unit. From there she expanded the effort during a master's project on communication as leaders.<br><br>Since then, Drobny has been on a crusade of sorts, sharing her experience and promoting the benefits of such an initiative. Feedback has been overwhelming, she says, noting that one physician told her that it's amazing something "so simple could be so profound."<br><br>"It's a new concept, but as we move health care forward we need to start addressing the relationship between nursing, providers, and patients," Drobny says. "We should not ultimately be the ones who manage patients' care—they need to learn to manage their own care. And what better way to start the process than to involve them during the charting? Part of the way we can empower patients to be more involved in their own care is to ensure they're getting all their health information presented to them in a way that they understand. Discussing this information while charting can be very effective."</p><p><br></p>
HIM Careers July 2017HIM Careers July 2017​We are always looking for talented people like you. Please review the latest list of job postings for Health Information Management.<p>​Here are HIM related postings that are featured for July 2017:<br></p><p><a href="">Casual Clerk Records Completion-Transcriptionist</a></p><ul><li>Do you reside in Squamish, BC? Have you received training in Medical Transcription? Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference?  Are you a driven, enthusiastic and passionate professional?  If you said yes to the above four questions, we want to hear from you!</li></ul><p> <br></p><p><a href="">Casual Clerk IV Registration Positions BC</a></p><ul><li>We have exciting casual Medical Registration Positions that have recently opened up to help support various sites (Fraser Valley, Tri-Cities, Kelowna, Vancouver, Richmond and North Vancouver). If you have a strong clerical and customer service background, high attention to detail and have completed your Medical Office Assistant or Hospital Support Specialist Certification or Health Information Management Diploma, we want to hear from you! You must be available to work nights, days, evenings and weekends and be available to work on an on call basis with no guaranteed shifts!</li></ul><p><br><a href="">Casual Records Completion Clerk- BC Cancer Agency</a></p><ul><li>We have an exciting casual Medical Records Completion Clerk position that has recently opened up at our BC Cancer Agency located in Vancouver at  600 W 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4E6.  If you have completed your Hospital Support Specialist Certification, Medical Office Assistant (MOA), Health Information Management Diploma and have one years' of relevant experience, we want to hear from you.  You must be available to work on a casual basis with no guaranteed hours from 0800 AM-4:00 PM Monday through Friday.</li></ul><p><br><a href="">Casual Clerk 3 Health Records Positions BC</a></p><ul><li>We have some exciting casual Clerk 3/Medical Health Records Positions  that have recently opened up to help support various sites (Fraser Valley, Tri-Cities, Kelowna, Vancouver, Richmond and North Vancouver). If you have a strong clerical background, high attention to detail and have completed your Medical Office Assistant or Health Information Certification, we want to hear from you! You must be available to work nights, days, evenings and weekends and be available on an on call basis!</li></ul><p><br><a href="">Temporary Part Time Registration Switchboard Clerk- Squamish</a> </p><ul><li>We have an exciting temporary part time position that has recently opened up at Squamish Hospital. If you have knowledge of medical terminology, have completed your Medical Office Assistant, Hospital Support Specialist and/or HIM diploma and have experience working in a medical setting we want to hear from you!. This position requires you to be available to work on a rotating schedule with hours from 0700-1500, 0730-1200, 0730-1530, 1500-2130, 1530-2200</li></ul><p> </p><p><a href="">Casual Release of Information Positions BC</a></p><ul><li>Have you completed a Release of Information course? Do you have knowledge of medical terminology? Do you have excellent communication skills? If so we have an exciting casual opportunity for you. Please apply to this posting today.</li></ul><p> </p><p><a href="">Regular Full Time Supervisor Records Management- Richmond</a> </p><ul><li>We have an exciting full time permanent position that has recently opened up at Richmond Hospital. If you have completed a course in release of information and have four years' recent related experience including one year in a supervisory capacity or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience ,we want to hear from you!</li></ul><p><a href="">Temporary Full Time Supervisor Records Management- Children's and Women's</a></p><ul><li>We have an exciting temporary full time position that has recently opened up at Children's and Women's locate at the Oak Street Campus. If you have completed a course in release of information and have four years' recent related experience including one year in a supervisory capacity or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience ,we want to hear from you!</li></ul><p><a href="">Part time, full time, temporary and permanent Health Information Administrator 1(CHIMA) positions BC</a></p><ul><li>We have some exciting  Health Information Administrator 1 positions available in the tri-cities, Vancouver, Fraser Valley, North Vancouver and Richmond area.  If you a health records coder, medical coding specialist or health information Administrator with your CHIMA (Canadian Health Information Management Association certification) and are looking to make an impact and take your coding experience to the next level, please apply!<br></li></ul><p> </p><p><a href="">Temporary Full Time Registration Business Analyst</a> </p><ul><li>If you have a Bachelor's degree in the area of Health Information Management/Technology, Science (Finance, Mathematics, etc.) or Business Administration, minimum of three (3) years' recent related experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience, we want to hear from you!</li></ul><p> </p><p><a href="">Regular Full Time Coordinator Records Management (CHIMA)- Sechelt</a></p><ul><li>We have an exciting full time permanent position that has recently opened up at Sechelt's Hospital. If you have Graduated from a recognized Health Information Management program and have three (3) years recent, related experience including one (1) year in a supervisory capacity, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) Certified. Valid Class 5 BC Drivers' License and use of own vehicle required, we encourage you to apply!</li></ul><p><br><a href="">Regular Full Time Data Quality Analyst Coding (CHIMA)</a></p><ul><li>We have an exciting regular full time CHIMA Data Quality Analyst position that has recently opened up in our coding department located at Children's and Women's in the coding department. In order to be considered for the role you must have experience reporting, analyzing data, quality analysis, working with Crystal Reports and coding. In this role you will have an opportunity to work with management to assess coding errors and developing reports that are make an impact in patient care! If you are a data guru, are CHIMA certified and looking to make your mark in health care, this is the job for you!</li></ul><p><br><a href="">Temporary Full Time Specialist Transcription Services Education</a></p><ul><li>We have an exciting Temporary Full time position available for someone who is ready for their next challenge! If you have a credential in adult education and have Health information management experience, clinical informatics training, transcription and overall medical health care experience, we want to hear from you! Valid BC Class 5 Driver's Licence required</li></ul><p><a href="">Regular Full Time Director HIM Strategic Planning and Project Management</a></p><ul><li>We are currently looking for a Director of Strategic Planning and Projects to support our Health Information Management (HIM) team. If you are a creative and out of the box thinker with senior project management, strategic planning and continuous quality improvement experience, this is the position for you.  </li></ul><p> </p><p><strong>Employee Referral Program</strong></p><p>For every successful hire that stays longer than 3 months, you may be entitled to receive a $50.00 gift card.  For more information, please visit <a href=""></a></p><p>Should you have any questions about the positions that we are recruiting, please feel free to reach out to <a href=""></a> <br></p><p><br></p>
Media Summary April 21, 2017Media Summary April 21, 2017​The HIM Media Summary is compiled by the HIM Communications’ team on a bi-weekly basis. The stories featured in this email include topics related to Health Information Management. <h2 class="phsa-rteElement-Header2">HEALTH CARE NEWS & POLICY</h2><p class="phsa-rteElement-Paragraph"><br><a href="" target="_blank" name="theglobeandmail news british columbia bc heal">B.C. health-care workers slam decision to reverse IHealth suspension</a><br>Globe and Mail | April 13, 2017</p><p class="phsa-rteElement-Paragraph">The Vancouver Island Health Authority has reversed a decision to suspend part of its $174-million IHealth electronic records system, despite concerns among some medical staff that problems – including potentially dangerous dosing errors – have not been fully addressed.<br><br>“We still feel strongly that the system needs to be suspended in order to be redesigned because of these safety issues,” Dr. David Forrest, president of the Nanaimo Medical Staff Association, said Friday.<br><br>“And it is quite clear to us that [VIHA] has not been able to fix the system, to date, with it up and running.”<br><br>In February, VIHA said it planned to temporarily suspend the part of the system used to order medications and tests such as X-rays or lab work.<br><br>Last month, however, VIHA reconsidered, saying the feature – computerized provider order entry, or CPOE – had become “fundamentally intertwined” with other electronic health records already in place and that to put it on hold would jeopardize improvements CPOE has provided, including quicker turnarounds on lab tests and X-rays.</p><p class="phsa-rteElement-Paragraph"><br><a href="" target="_blank" name="cmajnews 2017 04 18 new guidelines for evalua">New guidelines for evaluating health tech</a><a href="" name="bccare ca 2017 03 opinion transferring health" target="_blank"></a><br>CMAJ News | April 18, 2017<br><br>The fourth edition of the <a href="" name="https cadth ca about cadth how we do it met">Guidelines for the Economic Evaluation of Health Technologies: Canada</a>, provides essential information for those making decisions about the most efficacious pharmaceuticals, devices and methods of treating and diagnosing Canadians. It sets out how to effectively and consistently determine the economic value of health technologies compared to existing approaches.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank" name="theglobeandmail news national consultants are">Patients resort to paying consultants to help navigate Canada’s Byzantine health-care system</a><br>Globe and Mail | April 18, 2017<br><br>Andrée Colella had been in and out of hospital for months with bladder and bone infections when her husband, Tom, broke down and asked for help from an unconventional source: a private health-care advocate.<br><br>For $90 an hour, Jana Bartley, a former obstetrics nurse and legal nurse consultant, took charge of the family’s case.<br><br>She organized meetings of the three agencies that care for Ms. Colella at home, where multiple sclerosis keeps the 60-year-old confined to a hospital bed in the kitchen. Ms. Bartley took minutes at the gatherings and set goals for Ms. Colella’s care, including reducing the number of nurses and personal-support workers who cycled through the couple’s modest house in east Toronto.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank" name="https thetyee ca Opinion 2017 04 04 Crisis ">Experiencing Firsthand the Crisis in BC Emergency Rooms</a><br>The Tyee | April 4, 2017<br><br>The chest pain was bad, I was short of breath, with a diagnosed heart condition, lying in bed in a hospital gown after an electrocardiogram test.<br><br>And then I was asked to leave Vancouver General Hospital’s emergency room — because they were out of space.<br><br>“I’m really sorry, but you have to go to the lobby waiting room — we have no space to treat other patients,” said the apologetic, embarrassed nurse last October. “Your clothes are in this bag and you can take your blanket. We’ll bring you back when we have a spot.”<br><br>I’d already been diagnosed with pericarditis — inflammation of the lining of the heart — 10 days earlier at VGH and the symptoms were back.<br><br>So while <a href="" target="_blank" name="heart org HEARTORG Conditions More What is Pe">pericarditis</a> is not a heart attack and rarely fatal, I was still stunned — as were six other patients asked to leave the triage area in the VGH emergency department and go out to the lobby in hospital gown<br><br><a href="" target="_blank" name="cbc ca news health tests treatments choosing ">Unnecessary care in Canada tops 1 million tests and treatments a year</a><br> | April 6, 2017<br><br>Canadians undergo more than a million medical tests or treatments a year that don't help and may be harmful, a new report suggests. <br><br>The report, Unnecessary Care in Canada, was released Thursday by Choosing Wisely Canada, a campaign to reduce unnecessary use of health care, and by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).<br><br>"They're tests and treatments that don't help patients and can even in some cases be harmful, and they certainly don't help the health-care system use its resources wisely," said Dr. Wendy Levinson, chair of Choosing Wisely Canada and a professor of medicine at the University of Toronto.<br></p><h2 class="phsa-rteElement-Header2">PRIVACY</h2><p class="phsa-rteElement-Paragraph"><br><a href="" target="_blank" name="cbc ca news canada edmonton ahs client health">Former Alberta Health Services employee fined $3,000 for breaching client files</a><br> | April 19, 2017<br><br>A former Alberta Health Services employee has been fined $3,000 for accessing health records without authorization.<br><br>The former employee pleaded guilty March 27 in Athabasca provincial court to contravening the Health Information Act.<br><br>In 2015, AHS discovered 279 alleged instances of unauthorized access to electronic health record systems by a female registration and staffing clerk at the Athabasca Healthcare Centre.<br>AHS reported the breach to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner.<br><br>The OIPC also received 10 complaints from individuals affected by the breach after they had been notified by AHS.<br><br>An investigation by OIPC focused on 28 of the alleged breaches, and it was found that many of the individuals affected were co-workers, relatives, friends and others known to the employee.<br><br>Many, if not all" of the instances of unauthorized access were done "out of curiosity" by the employee, a news release from OIPC said.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank" name="canhealth blog breach receives little attenti">Breach receives little attention from privacy office</a><br>Can Health Tech | April 5, 2017<br><br>A woman who was accidentally given private medical information belonging to dozens of other people says she alerted the provincial privacy commissioner’s office but has been frustrated by the slow pace of the investigation.<br><br>According to CBC News, a doctor handed Dallas Diamond (pictured) a list of her mother’s prescriptions when her mom was discharged from the Peter Lougheed Centre hospital in 2013.<br><br>Later she noticed the stack of papers included six additional pages that weren’t supposed to be there, including the full names, attending physicians and medical diagnoses of 33 other patients on her mother’s unit.<br><br>“There is no way a copy of this should have been given to me,” Diamond said.<br>She says she alerted Alberta’s privacy commissioner to the error via registered letter in May 2015 and has been emailing the commissioner’s office ever since, with no resolution.<br><br>“My frustration is I keep getting brushed off,” Diamond said.<br><br><a href="" name="globalnews ca news 3328360 former ahs supervi" target="_blank">Arrest made in PharmaNet privacy breach; 20,500 may be affected</a><br>Times Colonist | April 4, 2017<br><br>The ministry said it became aware of the breach last fall and indicated at the time that about 7,500 people had their basic profiles viewed, while about 80 had their recent medication history examined.<br><br>The Vancouver Police Department’s identity theft unit launched an investigation that same month in conjunction with the province.<br><br>The government now says the probe has identified an additional 13,000 people who may have had their PharmaNet profile or medication history viewed inappropriately.<br><br>Vancouver police confirmed Monday that it searched a Richmond residence March 23 and arrested a man who could face charges related to identity theft.<br></p><h2 class="phsa-rteElement-Header2">PATIENT PORTALS</h2><p class="phsa-rteElement-Paragraph"><a href="" target="_blank" name="hospitalnews empowering providers patients on">Empowering providers and patients through a “one patient, one record, one connected system” approach</a><br>Hospital News | April 2017<br><br>“The evolution of patient care, not only at SickKids, but throughout the entire health-care system, has become incredibly complex and fragmented,” says Dr. Michael Apkon, President and CEO of SickKids. “We need to work towards creating a more coordinated system to improve care across the province; a system where a child’s entire care team, including their family, can contribute their expertise and access their health information.”<br><br>To move in this direction, SickKids has begun a multi-year project to implement a fully integrated health information system using software from the company Epic, an industry leader in electronic health record software. In addition, SickKids and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) have partnered to develop and implement the first integrated Canadian paediatric instance of Epic.<br><br>The project will fundamentally change the way SickKids provides care and will improve research by bringing all patient information and charting into one integrated electronic system.<br><br>The Epic system also provides patients and their families with anytime access to their health information through an online portal called MyChart, a radical departure from the limited access many patients and families currently have.<br></p><h2 class="phsa-rteElement-Header2">QUALITY IMPROVEMENT</h2><p class="phsa-rteElement-Paragraph"><br><a href="" name="https cihi ca en submit data and view stand" target="_blank"></a><a href="" target="_blank" name="qualityforum ca qf2017 wp content uploads 201">Transforming Raw Data into Actionable Health Information with Interactive Dashboards</a><br> | April 2017<br><br>The initiative started in the Quality, Patient Safety and Infection Control department in an ongoing plan to make validated data available to the end users to support decision making. Key stakeholders were consulted to ensure that the dashboards created would meet information needs and usability requirements.<br><br><a href="" name="https cihi ca en submit data and view stand 2" target="_blank"></a><a href="" name="qualityforum ca qf2017 wp content uploads 201 2">Tackling Cultural and Social Change: An Example of a Successful Quality Improvement Initiative</a><a href="" target="_blank" name="qualityforum ca qf2017 wp content uploads 201 3"><br></a> | April 2017<br><br>Implementation of the “Patient Identification Prior to Treatment” was considered a success. Radiation therapists have repeatedly provided feedback that the change process was effective and engaging. With respect to cultural change, they have stated that formal daily patient identification has become a routine part of the treatment process. Patients have overwhelmingly welcomed the daily identification procedure, understanding that it is a check designed to ensure their safety. These anecdotal indicators have been reflected in the results of two separate audits.<br><br><a href="" name="https cihi ca en submit data and view stand 3" target="_blank"></a><a href="" name="qualityforum ca qf2017 wp content uploads 201 4">Lions Gate Hospital E-notification of Admission and Death Project</a><a href=""></a><a href="" target="_blank" name="qualityforum ca qf2017 wp content uploads 201 5"><br></a> | April 2017<br><br>Bridge the gap in communication by centralizing and utilizing an electronic resource to inform community physicians of hospital admissions and deaths, and inviting family physicians to provide patient information to hospitalists and share in care.<br><br>By allowing clinical information to be shared through e-notification, we also expect the following benefits:<br><br></p><ul><li>Reduced re-admissions due to timely follow up by community physician<br></li><li>Well-coordinated patient care delivery resulting in improved patient outcomes<br></li><li>Avoid additional costs (of re-admission) to the health system<br></li></ul><p></p><h2 class="phsa-rteElement-Header2">CLINICAL DOCUMENTATION</h2><p class="phsa-rteElement-Paragraph"><br><a href="" target="_blank" name="fortherecordmag archives 0417p24 shtml">Is Speech Recognition Viable in the ED?</a><br>For the Record Magazine | April 2017<br><br>There's a lot going on in emergency departments (EDs), most of it centered on saving lives. Documentation may rank pretty low on the staff's list of priorities, but that doesn't diminish its significance. To make note-taking more convenient, some hospitals have turned to speech recognition for help. Is it effective?<br><br>Scott Weiner, MD, MPH, attending physician and associate director at Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine in Boston, describes the adoption of speech recognition software in the ED as a game changer. "We love it. I can't imagine going on shift without using it," he says. But when errors began popping up, Weiner says the team wanted to dig deeper into the causes. "Occasionally there were errors that were ambiguous, and we didn't understand the meaning from the context," he says.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank" name="https nytimes 2015 03 22 opinion sunday why">Why Health Care Tech Is Still So Bad</a><br>NY Times | March 21, 2017<br><br>LAST year, I saw an ad recruiting physicians to a Phoenix-area hospital. It promoted state-of-the-art operating rooms, dazzling radiology equipment and a lovely suburban location. But only one line was printed in bold: “No E.M.R.”<br><br>In today’s digital era, a modern hospital deemed the absence of an electronic medical record system to be a premier selling point.<br><br>That hospital is not alone. A 2013 RAND survey of physicians found mixed reactions to electronic health record systems, including widespread dissatisfaction. Many respondents cited poor usability, time-consuming data entry, needless alerts and poor work flows.</p><p class="phsa-rteElement-Paragraph"><br>If the only negative effect of health care computerization were grumpy doctors, we could muddle through. But there’s more. A friend of mine, a physician in his late 60s, recently described a visit to his primary care doctor. “I had seen him a few years ago and I liked him,” he told me. “But this time was different.” A computer had entered the exam room. “He asks me a question, and as soon as I begin to answer, his head is down in his laptop. Tap-tap-tap-tap-tap. He looks up at me to ask another question. As soon as I speak, again it’s tap-tap-tap-tap.”<br><br><a href="" name="woodstocksentinelreview 2017 04 20 woodstock ">Woodstock hospital first in Canada to implement electronic health records with bedside monitors</a><br>Woodstock Sentinel Review | April 20, 2017<br><br>The Woodstock General Hospital has become the first regional hospital in Canada to integrate electronic health records on bedside monitors.<br><br>This new interface collects patient data from the vital signs monitor and sends it to the Cerner electronic health record (EHR).<br><br>The new technology was introduced to the hospital on March 30, and it has cut down on the amount of work nurses have to do.<br><br>The hospital’s post anesthesia care unit was the first to implement the new system, allowing nurses to view vital signs data from patient monitors on the Cerner application. This visibility allows nurses to validate vital sign information before sending it to the EHR.<br>Clinical informatics specialist Julie Housworth said the system takes away the need for nurses to manually document vital sign information.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank" name="canhealth WhitePapers Case Study_New_Brunswic">How to build an interoperable patient record</a><br>Can Health Tech| April 19, 2017<br><br>In 2003, New Brunswick Department of Health took its first steps towards creating a province-wide electronic health record (EHR) system – an essential building block for reaching the Province’s ultimate vision of creating a ‘One Patient, One Record’ (OPOR) care system. The EHR would link all care resources across the Province so that a patient’s record would contain all information from hospitals, pharmacies, laboratories and diagnostic imaging into a single up-to-date record available to authorized clinicians when needed.<br></p><p class="phsa-rteElement-Paragraph"><br></p><h2 class="phsa-rteElement-Header2">Health Information Management News</h2><p class="phsa-rteElement-Paragraph"><br><a href="" target="_blank" name="thebeat fraserhealth ca news april 2017 celeb">Celebrating major milestones toward an electronic health record</a><br>FH Beat | April 12, 2017<br><br>Health Information Management in partnership with Fraser Health is celebrating the completion of the Forms on Demand and Scanning and Archiving implementations. <br><br>“This is a huge success story,” said Yoel Robens-Paradise, vice president of clinical and systems transformation and Lower Mainland Health Information Management. “It takes longevity and tenacity to oversee this project, and the cooperation between all the different departments to row together in the same boat. You can really see how this is a multi-departmental process that is required with these kinds of transformations.”</p><p class="phsa-rteElement-Paragraph"><img src="/blog-site/PublishingImages/blog/media-summary-april-21-2017/Scanning-FoD-celebration-03282017.jpg" alt="Scanning-FoD-celebration-03282017.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p>

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