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What's going on at HIMWhat's going on at HIMThe following is a collection of updates happening across Health Information Management.<h2 class="phsa-rteElement-Header2">New Staff</h2><p><img alt="Uzma-Code-SFU.JPG" src="/blog-site/PublishingImages/blog/what-is-going-on-at-him1/Uzma-Code-SFU.JPG" style="margin:5px;" /><br><span style="font-weight:700;">Uzma Ali</span> is a new ETL Developer for HIM's Business Solutions. Uzma is pictured here at a recent SFU event called "Go Code Girls," which focused on encouraging young girls to consider IT careers. Look out for a future article on Uzma.</p><p><strong>Beatrix Nielsen</strong> is doing a one year Temp line here at Burnaby in our ROI.  Beatrix holds a Perm position at ‎SMH as a Clerk, but prefers and loves the every day Challenges of doing ROI. Beatrix has to be very organized to do her job and she enjoys a the paper work that comes along  with the job!</p><p><br></p><h2 class="phsa-rteElement-Header2">New Roles</h2><p><img src="/blog-site/PublishingImages/blog/what-is-going-on-at-him1/JClado.jpg" alt="JClado.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><strong>Jennifer Clado</strong> is a Registration Standards and Data Quality Clerk at Howe St. She has worked in a variety of roles including Transcription and Patient Registration. A surprising thing about Jennifer is that she is into Hula and Polynesian dancing and is part of a group, the Spirit of the South Seas.  <br></p><h2 class="phsa-rteElement-Header2">HIM in the Community</h2><p><img alt="Stenberg College-Grads.jpg" src="/blog-site/PublishingImages/blog/what-is-going-on-at-him1/Stenberg%20College-Grads.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br>PHC Recruitment Advisor, <span style="font-weight:700;">Shaesta Rajabali</span> and <span style="font-weight:700;">Mark Fernandes</span> from HIM Communications presented to the graduating class from Stenberg College this past February.</p><p><br></p><h2 class="phsa-rteElement-Header2">Retirements</h2><p><img alt="Fiona-Chornohus-Langley-Reg-Clerks.jpg" src="/blog-site/PublishingImages/blog/what-is-going-on-at-him1/Fiona-Chornohus-Langley-Reg-Clerks.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span><strong>Fiona Chornohus</strong> (centred with boa) retired from Langley Memorial Hospital after more than 25 years of service.<span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span><br></p><p><img alt="PMang4.jpg" src="/blog-site/PublishingImages/blog/what-is-going-on-at-him1/PMang4.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br>After 35 years in Health Information Management, Patsy Mang plans to retire from her position as Coding Coordinator at Royal Columbian Hospital. We'll miss you Patsy.</p><p><img alt="SContzen-retirement.jpg" src="/blog-site/PublishingImages/blog/what-is-going-on-at-him1/SContzen-retirement.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><strong>Sandra Contzen</strong> retired in January 2017 after 40 years in healthcare. Her most recent post was as Manager at Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre. Sandra plans to do some travelling in her retirement and we hope she enjoys it!</p><img alt="Brenda-Bliss-LGH-Records-SM.jpg" src="/blog-site/PublishingImages/blog/what-is-going-on-at-him1/Brenda-Bliss-LGH-Records-SM.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> <div>Lion's Gate Hospital's <strong>Brenda Bliss</strong> retired after 37 years of service. All the best to Brenda.</div><div><br></div><div>Congratulations to <strong>Betty Ross</strong> who will be retiring from her full-time job at Ridge Meadows Hospital, effective July 1<sup>st</sup>.  Betty looks back at her career of 35 years with well-deserved pride and joy.  She arrived from Regina and started at UBC Hospital in 1981, and was one of the first coders to complete computerized abstracts and to submit period end on computer tapes to CIHI.  Betty never did a paper abstract, even though many others did at the time.  (I guess she never will now, J) 1989 Betty was hired at Royal Columbian Hospital.  Not only did she get to work and hone her coding skills with challenging cases and new medical advances, she had more time to spend with her young family due to the shorter commute.  Last but not least, she joined Ridge Meadows Hospital, where she has been a professional and positive role model, a considerate and enthusiastic employee, and a supportive H.S.A. representative.   The work at RMH Coding results from the hard efforts of many but credit is due especially to Betty's contributions.  We all wish Betty a very happy retirement with lazy days at home, fun adventures and special times with family and friends.  - As submitted by Patsy Mang.<br><h2 class="phsa-rteElement-Header2">Pink Shirt Day</h2><p><img alt="Burnaby Pink shirt.jpg" src="/blog-site/PublishingImages/blog/what-is-going-on-at-him1/Burnaby%20Pink%20shirt.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:360px;height:633px;" /><br>Staff from Burnaby Hospital celebrate Pink Shirt Day in style.</p><p><img alt="Powell-River-Pink-Bracelet.jpg" src="/blog-site/PublishingImages/blog/what-is-going-on-at-him1/Powell-River-Pink-Bracelet.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br>Some pink bracelet bliss from the gang at Powell River General Hospital.</p><p><img src="/blog-site/PublishingImages/blog/what-is-going-on-at-him1/HIM%20Central%20City.jpg" alt="HIM Central City.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br>The Amazing Respect Tree from <strong>Patty Chaster</strong> and staff at Central City.</p><h2 class="phsa-rteElement-Header2">Kudos</h2><p>Special kudos to <span style="font-weight:700;">Brenda Jew</span> from BC Children's and Women's Hospital.</p><p>Dear Sir</p><p>I just wanted to let you know what a terrific job Brenda is doing. She works on our front desk. Recently, I had some issues with staffing in my office and Brenda was very kind to help her and there, while doing a wonderful job at her own position.</p><p>She does not shy away from responsibility. She is lovely with the patients. She is efficient at what she does. She works well in our department team. We feel fortunate to have her.</p><p>If you have any questions, please let me know. I just felt compelled to write, out of the blue, as she really is an excellent employee.</p><p>Sincerely</p><p>Representative of the Dept. of Ophthalmology and Vision Science<br>British Columbia Children's Hospital</p><h2 class="phsa-rteElement-Header2">Engagement Activities</h2><p>HIM Senior Leadership and Communications organized several activities this past quarter to present new strategies and to engage in an interactive workshops.</p><p> <img src="/blog-site/PublishingImages/blog/what-is-going-on-at-him1/Leaders-Day.jpg" alt="Leaders-Day.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></p><p>The HIM Leaders Day discussed the HIM Strategic Plan and a variety of ways to further develop our people strategy.</p><p><img src="/blog-site/PublishingImages/blog/what-is-going-on-at-him1/Sup-chats.jpg" alt="Sup-chats.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p><img src="/blog-site/PublishingImages/blog/what-is-going-on-at-him1/Sup-chats-2.jpg" alt="Sup-chats-2.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p>During February, two sessions were held with Supervisors from across HIM to gain their valuable feedback about ways to support their growth in their roles and to offer an opportunity to connect in with <strong>Shelley Browne</strong>, HIM's Executive Director.</p><p><br></p></div>http://www.himconnect.ca/blog/what-is-going-on-at-him12017-03-07T08:00:00Z
Media Summary April 2017Media Summary April 2017The HIM Media Summary is compiled by the HIM Communications’ team on a bi-weekly basis. The stories featured in this articles include topics related to Health Information Management. <blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><table class="ec_repeat" width="95%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" data-block-group="main_column"><tbody><tr style="background-color:transparent;font-size:20px;"><td valign="top" align="center"></td></tr><tr dir="ltr" style="background-color:transparent;font-size:20px;"><td class="ec_item titleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="31" style="margin:0px;"><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><h2 class="phsa-rteElement-Header2">HEALTH CARE POLICY</h2></blockquote></td></tr><tr style="background-color:transparent;font-size:20px;"></tr></tbody></table><table class="ec_repeat" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" data-block-group="main_column" dir="ltr" style="color:#000000;font-family:arial, verdana, geneva, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top"></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item titleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="31" style="margin:0px;color:#008b8b;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnoa-5kprw3j1/" target="_blank" name="https infoway inforoute ca en what we do ne" style="color:#008080;"><strong>Federal Government Announces New Funding for Canada Health Infoway</strong></a></p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnob-5kprw3j2/" name="theglobeandmail news british columbia bc sign" target="_blank" style="color:#008080;"><strong></strong></a></p></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item SubtitleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="29" style="margin:0px;color:#a9a9a9;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">Infoway | March 23, 2017</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item textContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" style="color:#3c3c3c;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">The federal government has confirmed its commitment to improve the health of Canadians through digital health innovation by announcing a $300 million investment in Canada Health Infoway in Budget 2017, said Michael Green, Infoway’s President and CEO.</p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">“We appreciate the government’s continued support and confidence in Infoway and the transformative power of digital health innovation,” Green said. “This funding will enable us to continue our commitment to deliver better quality and access to care for all Canadians.”</p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">The new funding will enable Infoway to continue to move forward with initiatives to help transform the health care system by “expanding e-prescribing and virtual care initiatives, supporting the continued adoption and use of electronic medical records, helping patients to access their own health records electronically, and better linking electronic health record systems to improve access by all providers and institutions."</p></td></tr><tr></tr></tbody></table><table class="ec_repeat" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" data-block-group="main_column" dir="ltr" style="color:#000000;font-family:arial, verdana, geneva, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top"></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item titleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="31" style="margin:0px;color:#008b8b;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnoc-5kprw3j3/" target="_blank" name="bccare ca 2017 03 opinion transferring health" style="color:#008080;"><strong>Opinion: Transferring health funding to the community will improve seniors care in British Columbia</strong></a></p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnod-5kprw3j4/" name="vancouversun news politics b c liberals promi" target="_blank" style="color:#008080;"><strong></strong></a></p></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item SubtitleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="29" style="margin:0px;color:#a9a9a9;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">Vancouver Sun | March 16, 2017</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item textContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" style="color:#3c3c3c;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">In British Columbia approximately thirteen percent of hospital beds are filled with patients who are ready to be discharged but for whom there is no appropriate place to go.<a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnoe-5kprw3j5/" name="_ednref2" target="_blank" style="color:#008080;">[ii]</a> </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">These patients, known as Alternate Level of Care (ALC) patients, spend on average 182 days in care limbo, according to one pan-Canada study.<a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnof-5kprw3j6/" name="_ednref3" target="_blank" style="color:#008080;">[iii]</a> </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">British Columbia’s health authorities report that about half of ALC patients are awaiting discharge into long-term care<a name="_ednref3" style="color:#008080;"></a>.<a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnog-5kprw3j7/" name="_ednref4" target="_blank" style="color:#008080;">[iv]</a></p></td></tr><tr></tr></tbody></table><table class="ec_repeat" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" data-block-group="main_column" style="color:#000000;font-family:arial, verdana, geneva, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><tbody><tr dir="ltr"><td valign="top"></td></tr><tr></tr><tr></tr><tr></tr><tr dir="ltr"></tr></tbody></table><table class="ec_repeat" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" data-block-group="main_column" dir="ltr" style="color:#000000;font-family:arial, verdana, geneva, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top"></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item titleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="31" style="margin:0px;color:#008b8b;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnoh-5kprw3j8/" name="timescolonist opinion columnists comment pape" target="_blank" style="color:#008080;"><strong>Comment: Why doctors back IHealth, yet have concerns</strong></a></p></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item SubtitleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="29" style="margin:0px;color:#a9a9a9;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">Times Colonist | March 14, 2017</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item textContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" style="color:#3c3c3c;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">We take strong exception to Dr. Dallen’s accusation that Nanaimo doctors are unengaged or obstructive. Many physicians at NRGH have volunteered thousands of hours before and after the rollout of IHealth to help address problems. That commitment is the major reason physicians have waited 11 months since the implementation of IHealth to demand its suspension.</p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">We are struck that those who have never actually used the system continue to disparage the medical staff in Nanaimo. We want to assure the public that our doctors remain extremely engaged and are eager to work with our administrative colleagues and computer company to fix the system.</p></td></tr><tr></tr></tbody></table><table class="ec_repeat" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" data-block-group="main_column"><tbody><tr dir="ltr" style="background-color:transparent;font-size:20px;"><td valign="top"></td></tr><tr dir="ltr" style="background-color:transparent;font-size:20px;"><td class="ec_item titleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="31" style="margin:0px;"><h2 class="phsa-rteElement-Header2">PRIVACY</h2></td></tr><tr style="background-color:transparent;font-size:20px;"></tr><tr style="background-color:transparent;font-size:20px;"></tr><tr dir="ltr" style="background-color:transparent;font-size:20px;"></tr></tbody></table><table class="ec_repeat" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" data-block-group="main_column" dir="ltr" style="color:#000000;font-family:arial, verdana, geneva, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top"></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item titleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="31" style="margin:0px;color:#008b8b;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><strong><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnoi-5kprw3j9/" target="_blank" name="canhealth blog cheo employee shared 283 patie" style="color:#008080;">CHEO employee shared 283 patient records with students</a></strong></p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnoj-5kprw3j0/" name="vancouverisland ctvnews ca it s very disconce" target="_blank" style="color:#008080;"><strong></strong></a></p></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item SubtitleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="29" style="margin:0px;color:#a9a9a9;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">Can Health Tech | March 22, 2017</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item textContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" style="color:#3c3c3c;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">A part-time instructor at Algonquin College, who was also an employee of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), shared the private information of 283 patients with students. The breach of privacy prompted the person’s dismissal from the college and launched a privacy investigation at the hospital.</p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">The Ottawa Citizen newspaper reported that on March 10, Adam Vaughan received a letter in the mail about his seven-year-old daughter, who had been at the children’s hospital for a procedure earlier this year. The letter informed him that his daughter’s private information had been shared with Algonquin students by their instructor, also a CHEO employee.</p></td></tr><tr></tr></tbody></table><table class="ec_repeat" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" data-block-group="main_column" dir="ltr" style="color:#000000;font-family:arial, verdana, geneva, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top"></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item titleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="31" style="margin:0px;color:#008b8b;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnok-5kprw3j1/" target="_blank" name="canhealth technology for doctors hefty 25000 " style="color:#008080;"><strong>Hefty $25,000 fine levied in medical privacy breach</strong></a></p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnol-5kprw3j2/" name="vancouverisland ctvnews ca it s very disconce 2" target="_blank" style="color:#008080;"><strong></strong></a></p></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item SubtitleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="29" style="margin:0px;color:#a9a9a9;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">Technology for Doctors | March 29, 2017</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item textContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" style="color:#3c3c3c;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">An Ontario student has been fined $25,000 for accessing personal health information, which provincial officials say is the highest penalty of its kind ever in Canada. The Information and Privacy Commissioner’s office says the masters of social work student was on an educational placement with a family health team in Central Huron when she accessed the information without authorization.</p></td></tr><tr></tr></tbody></table><table class="ec_repeat" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" data-block-group="main_column" dir="ltr" style="color:#000000;font-family:arial, verdana, geneva, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top"></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item titleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="31" style="margin:0px;color:#008b8b;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnom-5kprw3j3/" target="_blank" name="globalnews ca news 3328360 former ahs supervi" style="color:#008080;"><strong>Former AHS supervisor convicted of ‘inappropriately’ accessing health information</strong></a></p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnon-5kprw3j4/" name="cbc ca news canada british columbia bc pharma" target="_blank" style="color:#008080;"><strong></strong></a></p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnoo-5kprw3j5/" name="vancouverisland ctvnews ca it s very disconce 3" target="_blank" style="color:#008080;"><strong></strong></a></p></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item SubtitleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="29" style="margin:0px;color:#a9a9a9;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">Global TV | March 22, 2017</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item textContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" style="color:#3c3c3c;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">A former supervisor of health information management with Alberta Health Services was slapped with a $5,000 fine on Tuesday after being convicted of 13 counts of accessing health information in contravention of the Health Information Act.</p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">According to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC), AHS was notified of a potential “contravention of internal policy” at the Tofield Health Centre in June 2013. The privacy commissioner’s office said an AHS audit revealed Amanda Tripp had “visited with her boyfriend” in the facility’s health records room. In August 2013, AHS self-reported a privacy breach, alleging Tripp “inappropriately accessed patient records.”</p></td></tr><tr></tr></tbody></table><table class="ec_repeat" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" data-block-group="main_column"><tbody><tr dir="ltr" style="background-color:transparent;font-size:20px;"><td valign="top"></td></tr><tr dir="ltr" style="background-color:transparent;font-size:20px;"><td class="ec_item titleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="31" style="margin:0px;"><h2 class="phsa-rteElement-Header2">PATIENT PORTALS</h2></td></tr><tr style="background-color:transparent;font-size:20px;"></tr><tr style="background-color:transparent;font-size:20px;"></tr><tr dir="ltr" style="background-color:transparent;font-size:20px;"></tr></tbody></table><table class="ec_repeat" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" data-block-group="main_column" dir="ltr" style="color:#000000;font-family:arial, verdana, geneva, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top"></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item titleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="31" style="margin:0px;color:#008b8b;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnop-5kprw3j6/" target="_blank" name="canhealth technology for doctors victoria hos" style="color:#008080;"><strong>Victoria hospital joins Telus social media platform</strong></a></p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnoq-5kprw3j7/" target="_blank" name="hospitalnews new online medical record portal" style="color:#008080;"><strong></strong></a></p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnor-5kprw3j8/" name="infotel ca newsitem myhealthportal coming to " target="_blank" style="color:#008080;"><strong></strong></a></p></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item SubtitleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="29" style="margin:0px;color:#a9a9a9;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">Technology for Doctors | March 29, 2017</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item textContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" style="color:#3c3c3c;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">Victoria General Hospital has become the first hospital on Vancouver Island to join Upopolis, an innovative social support platform and networking tool giving young patients safe and secure access to kid-friendly medical content. Upopolis also provides kids with a vital link to their families, friends and schools while in hospital. “We are pleased to support initiatives that help young patients feel empowered while in our care,” said Health Minister Terry Lake (pictured).</p></td></tr><tr></tr></tbody></table><table class="ec_repeat" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" data-block-group="main_column" dir="ltr" style="color:#000000;font-family:arial, verdana, geneva, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top"></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item titleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="31" style="margin:0px;color:#008b8b;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnos-5kprw3j9/" target="_blank" name="hospitalnews new online medical record portal 2" style="color:#008080;"><strong>New online medical record portal for patients: myHealthRecord</strong></a></p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnot-5kprw3j0/" name="infotel ca newsitem myhealthportal coming to 2" target="_blank" style="color:#008080;"><strong></strong></a></p></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item SubtitleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="29" style="margin:0px;color:#a9a9a9;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">Hospital News| March 2017</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item textContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" style="color:#3c3c3c;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">WCH patients who register for myHealthRecord have convenient, online access to their health information securely stored in the hospital’s electronic patient record, including test results, medical history and personal health summaries. Patients can also manage their appointments, complete some pre-appointment questionnaires and securely communicate with members of their care team – all online, at their convenience.</p></td></tr><tr></tr></tbody></table><table class="ec_repeat" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" data-block-group="main_column" dir="ltr" style="color:#000000;font-family:arial, verdana, geneva, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top"></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item titleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="31" style="margin:0px;color:#008b8b;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnou-5kprw3j1/" name="infotel ca newsitem myhealthportal coming to 3" target="_blank" style="color:#008080;"><strong>Use and Maturity of Electronic Patient Portals</strong></a></p></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item SubtitleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="29" style="margin:0px;color:#a9a9a9;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">IOS Press | March 2017</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item textContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" style="color:#3c3c3c;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">This study examined data from a number of patient portal demonstration projects deployed throughout various Canadian jurisdictions between 2011 and 2015. These projects reported on the number of users accessing their respective portals for the first nine to 19 months since their inception in order to compare their relative adoption rates.</p></td></tr><tr></tr></tbody></table><table class="ec_repeat" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" data-block-group="main_column" dir="ltr" style="color:#000000;font-family:arial, verdana, geneva, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top"></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item titleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="31" style="margin:0px;color:#008b8b;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><strong><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnov-5kprw3j2/" target="_blank" name="https infoway inforoute ca en component edo" style="color:#008080;">INFOWAY-Positive Patient Experience Yields Health Care Benefits</a><a href="https://www.cmpa-acpm.ca/-/patient-portals-a-new-communication-tool-for-doctors-and-patients" name="https cmpa acpm ca patient portals a new " target="_blank" style="color:#008080;"></a></strong></p></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item SubtitleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="29" style="margin:0px;color:#a9a9a9;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;">INFOWAY | March 9, 2017</td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item textContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" style="color:#3c3c3c;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">Infoway’s Consumer Health Solutions investment program was established to educate and empower Canadians by providing electronic access to their health information and health care services.</p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">A 2016 report Connecting Patients for Better Health, indicates the growth in the availability of consumer digital health services has more than doubled in two years.</p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">Canadians want and are using a variety of online e-patient services; namely: e-booking of appointments; e-visits with care providers; electronic requests for refilling medications; e-views of health information; and telehomecare. Infoway has co-invested with the provinces and territories and other partners in more than 400 digital health projects, including consumer health solution projects.</p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><strong>British Columbia Direct Patient Access to Laboratory Results</strong></p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">This evaluation focused on a provincial portal in BC that provides patients with direct online access to their laboratory test results. The findings include improved patient satisfaction, more timely access to results, no increase in anxiety when first learning results online, and fewer calls to physician offices. The study involved a survey of BC residents who have accessed their lab results online and a comparison group who accessed their most recent lab result in-person.</p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">Project Highlights:</p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> </p><ul><li>81 per cent of felt they knew what questions to ask their doctor at their next scheduled appointment</li><li>95 per cent felt more confident taking care of their health</li><li>94 per cent felt having online access to lab results improved their knowledge of their health</li><li>93 per cent felt they could have more informed discussions with their doctor</li><li>BC patients who accessed their laboratory results online (e-view) were significantly less likely to have an in-person visit after learning their results online compared to patients who received their results in-person from their doctor/regular place of care (41 per cent vs. 25 per cent).</li></ul></td></tr><tr></tr></tbody></table><table class="ec_repeat" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" data-block-group="main_column"><tbody><tr dir="ltr" style="background-color:transparent;font-size:20px;"><td valign="top"></td></tr><tr dir="ltr" style="background-color:transparent;font-size:20px;"><td class="ec_item titleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="31" style="margin:0px;"><h2 class="phsa-rteElement-Header2">CODING AND INFORMATICS</h2></td></tr><tr style="background-color:transparent;font-size:20px;"></tr><tr style="background-color:transparent;font-size:20px;"></tr><tr dir="ltr" style="background-color:transparent;font-size:20px;"></tr></tbody></table><table class="ec_repeat" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" data-block-group="main_column" dir="ltr" style="color:#000000;font-family:arial, verdana, geneva, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top"></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item titleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="31" style="margin:0px;color:#008b8b;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnow-5kprw3j3/" name="https cihi ca en submit data and view stand" target="_blank" style="color:#008080;"><strong>Industry Perspectives: Documenting Death</strong></a></p></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item SubtitleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="29" style="margin:0px;color:#a9a9a9;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;">For the Record | February 2017</td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item textContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" style="color:#3c3c3c;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">What are the odds that your next-door neighbor is coming home from the hospital after a bout of pneumonia? It depends. Is it the 22-year-old with asthma or the 86-year-old grandfather in septic shock with comorbidities of congestive heart failure, metastatic lung cancer on home oxygen, and dehydration?</p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">Intuitively, you know there is a higher likelihood that grandpa will die, but statistics also bear that out. That is what risk modeling does, and that is how risk-adjusted mortality rates work.</p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">Although mortality is one of the easiest metrics to understand, all risk adjustment works the same. The basic principle is observed over expected—that is, what happened divided by how likely was it to have happened in this type of patient with his or her specific constellation of demographics, diagnoses, conditions, and procedures.</p></td></tr><tr></tr></tbody></table><table class="ec_repeat" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" data-block-group="main_column"><tbody><tr dir="ltr" style="background-color:transparent;font-size:20px;"><td valign="top"></td></tr><tr dir="ltr" style="background-color:transparent;font-size:20px;"><td class="ec_item titleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="31" style="margin:0px;"><h2 class="phsa-rteElement-Header2">CLINICAL DOCUMENTATION</h2></td></tr><tr style="background-color:transparent;font-size:20px;"></tr><tr style="background-color:transparent;font-size:20px;"></tr><tr dir="ltr" style="background-color:transparent;font-size:20px;"></tr></tbody></table><table class="ec_repeat" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" data-block-group="main_column" dir="ltr" style="color:#000000;font-family:arial, verdana, geneva, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top"></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item titleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="31" style="margin:0px;color:#008b8b;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnox-5kprw3j4/" name="ucalgary ca utoday issue 2017 03 24 grad stud" target="_blank" style="color:#008080;"><strong>Grad student uses technology to open doors for learning and health care innovation</strong></a></p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnoy-5kprw3j5/" name="marketwired press release mmodal launches uni" target="_blank" style="color:#008080;"><strong></strong></a></p></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item SubtitleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="29" style="margin:0px;color:#a9a9a9;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;">UCalgary | March 24, 2017</td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item textContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" style="color:#3c3c3c;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">After graduating, he was back at The Alex as a registered nurse and assistant manager and is now with Alberta Health Services in rural outreach. He has returned to the <a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnoz-5kprw3j6/" name="https nursing ucalgary ca 2017stratplan" target="_blank" style="color:#008080;">Faculty of Nursing</a> as a graduate student and member of the <a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnp0-5kprw3j3/" name="nursing ucalgary ca cslc" target="_blank" style="color:#008080;">Clinical Simulation Learning Centre</a>’s (CSLC) research team. And he is on screen again, this time in the faculty’s strategic plan video.</p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><strong>Technology vital in health-care education and nursing research</strong></p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">“Technology is central to my practice — not just because I’m technically a Millennial, but because it plays a vital role in my daily work,” says Sekhon. He adds that his introduction to simulation in his undergraduate education inspired his interest and use of technology in health care. </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">“That integration of technology enhanced the quality of my learning and really sparked a passion in me to discover more ways to look at technology in health-care education and research,” he says. “The research we are involved in on the CSLC team is all about technology as well.”</p></td></tr><tr></tr></tbody></table><table class="ec_repeat" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" data-block-group="main_column" dir="ltr" style="color:#000000;font-family:arial, verdana, geneva, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top"></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item titleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="31" style="margin:0px;color:#008b8b;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnp1-5kprw3j4/" target="_blank" name="hospitalnews majority canadas clinicians usin" style="color:#008080;"><strong>Majority of Canada’s clinicians using electronic health records</strong></a></p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnp2-5kprw3j5/" name="healthdatamanagement news online tool helps p" target="_blank" style="color:#008080;"><strong></strong></a></p></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item SubtitleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="29" style="margin:0px;color:#a9a9a9;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;">Hospital News | March 2017</td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item textContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" style="color:#3c3c3c;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">According to the article <a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnp3-5kprw3j6/" target="_blank" name="bmcmedinformdecismak biomedcentral articles 1" style="color:#008080;"><em>Measuring interoperable EHR adoption and maturity: a Canadian example</em></a>, 91,235 health care professionals in Canada were active users of at least two iEHR components (e.g., access to diagnostic tests and drug information outside of their organization) as of March 31, 2015. </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">Twelve months later, that figure jumped by an additional 50 per cent, bringing the number to approximately 139,000.  More than 250,000 clinicians from across Canada use at least one component of the iEHR.</p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">Bobby Gheorghiu, Infoway’s Manager of Trending and Performance, who authored the article, says the increased use is expected to continue to rise.</p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">“As more and more health care professionals use Electronic Health Record systems to access patient information from other institutions, the country moves closer to digital becoming the standard of practice,” he said.</p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><img src="http://media.campaigner.com/media/58/581825/Media%20Summary/Infoway.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:591px;" /> </p></td></tr><tr></tr></tbody></table><table class="ec_repeat" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" data-block-group="main_column"><tbody><tr dir="ltr" style="background-color:transparent;font-size:20px;"><td valign="top"></td></tr><tr dir="ltr" style="background-color:transparent;font-size:20px;"><td class="ec_item titleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="31" style="margin:0px;"><h2 class="phsa-rteElement-Header2">Health Care News</h2></td></tr><tr style="background-color:transparent;font-size:20px;"></tr><tr style="background-color:transparent;font-size:20px;"></tr><tr dir="ltr" style="background-color:transparent;font-size:20px;"></tr></tbody></table><table class="ec_repeat" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" data-block-group="main_column" dir="ltr" style="color:#000000;font-family:arial, verdana, geneva, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top"></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item titleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="31" style="margin:0px;color:#008b8b;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnp4-5kprw3j7/" target="_blank" name="theglobeandmail news national most canadians " style="color:#008080;"><strong>Most Canadians get timely medical treatment: report</strong></a></p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnp5-5kprw3j8/" name="theglobeandmail report on business small busi" target="_blank" style="color:#008080;"><strong></strong></a></p></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item SubtitleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="29" style="margin:0px;color:#a9a9a9;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;">Globe and Mail | March 28, 2017</td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item textContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" style="color:#3c3c3c;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><p class="selectionShareable" style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">The report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) looked at whether patients were receiving treatment within a time frame deemed medically acceptable for procedures including hip replacement, hip-fracture repair, knee replacement, cataract surgery and radiation therapy. It also tabulated wait times for cancer surgeries, MRI and CT scans.</p></td></tr><tr></tr></tbody></table><table class="ec_repeat" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" data-block-group="main_column" dir="ltr" style="color:#000000;font-family:arial, verdana, geneva, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top"></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item titleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="31" style="margin:0px;color:#008b8b;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnp6-5kprw3j9/" target="_blank" name="globalnews ca news 3323453 watch video of pat" style="color:#008080;"><strong>WATCH: Video of patients in Surrey ER hallways raises concerns</strong></a></p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnp7-5kprw3j0/" target="_blank" name="theglobeandmail news national most canadians 2" style="color:#008080;"><strong></strong></a></p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnp8-5kprw3j1/" name="theglobeandmail report on business small busi 2" target="_blank" style="color:#008080;"><strong></strong></a></p></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item SubtitleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="29" style="margin:0px;color:#a9a9a9;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;">Global TV | March 21, 2017</td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item textContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" style="color:#3c3c3c;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><p class="selectionShareable" style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">New video is surfacing showing the extent of hallway medicine in Fraser Health Authority hospitals. John Hua has more on the mounting cases of questionable medical care.</p></td></tr><tr></tr></tbody></table><table class="ec_repeat" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" data-block-group="main_column" style="color:#000000;font-family:arial, verdana, geneva, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><tbody><tr dir="ltr"><td valign="top"></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item titleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="31" style="margin:0px;color:#008b8b;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;"><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnp9-5kprw3j2/" target="_blank" name="canhealth blog innovative nygh scoops up e he" style="color:#008080;"><strong>Innovative NYGH scoops up e-health award of excellence at HIMSS</strong></a></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnpa-5kprw3j2/" target="_blank" name="canhealth blog innovative nygh scoops up e he 2" style="color:#008080;"><strong></strong></a></p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnpb-5kprw3j3/" name="theglobeandmail report on business small busi 3" target="_blank" style="color:#008080;"><strong></strong></a></p></td></tr><tr dir="ltr"><td class="ec_item SubtitleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="29" style="margin:0px;color:#a9a9a9;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;">Can Health Tech | March 30, 2017</td></tr><tr dir="ltr"><td class="ec_item textContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" style="color:#3c3c3c;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">In February, leaders of North York General Hospital formally accepted a Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence from HIMSS – the first-ever for a Canadian acute-care hospital. Only 50 other hospitals around the world have won a Davies Award, which is given to organizations that have substantially improved patient outcomes using computerized healthcare systems.</p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">NYGH was recognized for its multi-faceted eCare program – which among other achievements, has prevented an estimated 11,000 medication errors.</p></td></tr><tr dir="ltr"></tr></tbody></table><table class="ec_repeat" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" data-block-group="main_column" style="color:#000000;font-family:arial, verdana, geneva, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><tbody><tr dir="ltr"><td valign="top"></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item titleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="31" style="margin:0px;color:#008b8b;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;"><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><strong><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnpc-5kprw3j4/" target="_blank" name="fortherecordmag archives 0317p5 shtml" style="color:#008080;"><strong>HIM Involvement Essential to Effective Information Governance</strong></a><a href="http://www.canhealth.com/blog/innovative-nygh-scoops-up-e-health-award-of-excellence-at-himss/" target="_blank" style="color:#008080;"></a></strong></p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"></p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnpd-5kprw3j5/" name="theglobeandmail report on business small busi 4" target="_blank" style="color:#008080;"><strong></strong></a></p></td></tr><tr dir="ltr"><td class="ec_item SubtitleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="29" style="margin:0px;color:#a9a9a9;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;">For the Record | March 2017</td></tr><tr dir="ltr"><td class="ec_item textContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" style="color:#3c3c3c;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">When developing an IG program, HIM leaders may apply a Six Sigma approach to ensure no assumptions are made when learning about the workflows of the various departments and facilities that access and disclose data. This allows for a full vetting of issues and the mapping of information to develop an action plan and improvement activities. HIM also can recommend best practices, such as partnering with a skilled and knowledgeable PHI disclosure management company that has proven expertise in understanding IG principles and can integrate with the hospital's electronic source systems. Such a partner is often engaged in the discussion and definition of the source of truth for information, an essential concept to master in IG development. Also, as a partner that manages PHI on behalf of the covered entity utilizing advanced technologies, the vendor can provide feedback regarding data quality so that appropriate mitigation efforts are taken to resolve issues and/or processes.</p></td></tr><tr dir="ltr"></tr></tbody></table><table class="ec_repeat" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" data-block-group="main_column" style="color:#000000;font-family:arial, verdana, geneva, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><tbody><tr dir="ltr"><td valign="top"></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item titleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="31" style="margin:0px;color:#008b8b;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;"><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><strong><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnpe-5kprw3j6/" target="_blank" name="hospitalnews working together get best health" style="color:#008080;">Working together to get the best health technologies into our health system</a></strong></p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnpf-5kprw3j7/" name="theglobeandmail report on business small busi 5" target="_blank" style="color:#008080;"><strong></strong></a></p></td></tr><tr dir="ltr"><td class="ec_item SubtitleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="29" style="margin:0px;color:#a9a9a9;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;">Hospital News | March 2017</td></tr><tr dir="ltr"><td class="ec_item textContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" style="color:#3c3c3c;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">What if industry and key members of the health system worked together to identify areas of need and worked towards advancing and adopting technologies to address those needs? The health system would have a much better chance of adopting the right technologies and using them to best assist patients.</p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AIHS), Alberta Health Services (AHS), the Institute for Health Economics (IHE) and MEDEC have been working together to do just that. This unique collaboration brings together the health system, government, and industry leaders to address the emerging needs of patients in Alberta. This partnership allows the actual needs of Albertans to determine when and how health technologies are adopted into the system.</p></td></tr><tr dir="ltr"></tr></tbody></table><table class="ec_repeat" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" data-block-group="main_column"><tbody><tr dir="ltr" style="background-color:transparent;font-size:20px;"><td valign="top"></td></tr><tr dir="ltr" style="background-color:transparent;font-size:20px;"><td class="ec_item titleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="31" style="margin:0px;"><h2 class="phsa-rteElement-Header2">Health Information Management News</h2></td></tr><tr style="background-color:transparent;font-size:20px;"></tr><tr style="background-color:transparent;font-size:20px;"></tr><tr dir="ltr" style="background-color:transparent;font-size:20px;"></tr></tbody></table></blockquote><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><table class="ec_repeat" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" data-block-group="main_column" style="color:#000000;font-family:arial, verdana, geneva, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><tbody><tr dir="ltr" style="text-align:left;"><td valign="top"></td></tr><tr><td class="ec_item titleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="31" style="margin:0px;color:#008b8b;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;"><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;text-align:left;"> <strong>HIM in the news</strong></p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;text-align:left;"> <a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnpg-5kprw3j8/" name="theglobeandmail report on business small busi 6" target="_blank" style="color:#008080;"><strong></strong></a></p></td></tr><tr dir="ltr" style="text-align:left;"><td class="ec_item SubtitleContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" height="29" style="margin:0px;color:#a9a9a9;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:14px;">Various | March 2017</td></tr><tr dir="ltr" style="text-align:left;"><td class="ec_item textContent ecaction_edit" valign="top" style="color:#3c3c3c;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;">The following stories were published about HIM and Health Information Professional's Week:</p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> <strong>VCH News</strong></p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> <a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnph-5kprw3j9/" target="_blank" name="vchnews ca across vch 2017 03 23 new website " style="color:#008080;"><strong>New website for health records & clinical documentation</strong></a></p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> <a href="https://secure.campaigner.com/csb/Public/show/HIP%20Week%20celebrations%20showcase%20professional%20growth" target="_blank" style="color:#008080;"><strong>HIP Week celebrations showcase professional growth</strong></a></p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> <strong>PHC News</strong></p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> <a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnpi-5kprw3j0/" target="_blank" name="phcnews ca news hip week celebrations showcas" style="color:#008080;"><strong>HIP Week Celebrations Showcases Profession’s Growth</strong></a></p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> <a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnpj-5kprw3j1/" target="_blank" name="phcnews ca news celebrating hip week and new " style="color:#008080;"><strong>Celebrating HIP week and a new HIM website: www.himconnect.ca</strong></a></p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> <strong>FH Beat</strong></p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> </p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"> <strong style="color:#008080;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnpk-5kprw3j2/" target="_blank" style="color:#008080;">New Health Information Management website for patients and health care professionals: himconnect.ca</a><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnpk-5kprw3j2/" target="_blank" name="thebeat fraserhealth ca news march 2017 new h"></a><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/fjxpg-afjnpk-5kprw3j2/" target="_blank"></a></strong></p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><br></p><p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><img src="/blog-site/PublishingImages/blog/media-summary-april-2017/Health-Authority-Partner-Logo-Banner-large.png" alt="Health-Authority-Partner-Logo-Banner-large.png" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></td></tr></tbody></table></blockquote>http://www.himconnect.ca/blog/media-summary-april-20172017-04-03T07:00:00Z
Media Summary July 24Media Summary July 24The 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.<p><br></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="phsa-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr class="phsa-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="phsa-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:100%;"><strong>HEALTH CARE NEWS & POLICY</strong></td></tr></tbody></table><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="phsa-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr class="phsa-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="phsa-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:100%;">​</td></tr><tr class="phsa-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="phsa-rteTableEvenCol-default"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/htm9y-bbt0dj-5kprvjd8/"><strong>Cabinet ministers lauded by big union as the 'health dream team'</strong></a></td></tr><tr class="phsa-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="phsa-rteTableEvenCol-default">Vancouver Sun | July 18, 2017</td></tr><tr class="phsa-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="phsa-rteTableEvenCol-default"><p>As former opposition health critics, they've been thorns in the side of numerous Liberal health ministers for years but now Health Minister Adrian Dix and Mental Health Minister Judy Darcy get their turn to reshape B.C.'s health care system.</p><p>As the NDP pledged during the election campaign, Premier John Horgan appointed two ministers of health (the Greens had pressed for three during the campaign). Dix will head a ministry that spent about $18 billion last year, while Darcy's budget is unclear since it is a new entity.</p><p>Former Liberal health minister Terry Lake, who announced his retirement from politics before the election, said in an interview Tuesday that having two ministries is a bad idea.</p><p>"A minister of state for mental health and addictions would have been a better approach. Having two separate ministries creates turmoil in the civil service and a whole lot more work for health authorities who will now have to report to two ministers. That adds to the workload and will present all kinds of headaches."</p><p>Darcy was health critic from 2013 until the election and Dix preceded her. He was most vocal when issues resonated with him personally. A Type 1 diabetic who injects insulin three times a day, he fought for taxpayer-funded coverage of insulin pumps. Now <a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/htm9y-bbt0dm-5kprvjd1/"> diabetes advocacy organizations are urging the B.C. government</a> to expand coverage of the pumps to all ages instead of having age cutoffs.</p><p>Dix was also a vocal champion for colorectal cancer screening, an issue dear to his heart because his mother survived a bout of such cancer. The Liberal government finally introduced such a screening program five years ago but <a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/htm9y-bbt0dn-5kprvjd2/">waiting times for colonoscopies</a> have been an obstacle to prompt diagnosis and treatment, especially in some health regions outside the Lower Mainland.</p><p>Waiting times for all kinds of treatment and diagnostic imaging are a chronic problem in B.C. Darcy said during the election campaign that the NDP would solve the problem by extending operating room hours since most surgical suites sit idle from about 3 or 4 p.m. every day until 6 or 7 a.m. the next day. </p><p>Lake said Dix and Darcy will soon find out that extending operating room hours means finding more nurses to staff them and that hasn't been easy. "First, there are only so many nurses to go around, and secondly, unions have their rules around the hours that their members can work. So if the NDP thinks they have a better way to convince unionized health care workers to be more flexible, good for them."</p><p>Analysts will closely watch how the NDP handles negotiations with health care unions since contracts expire in 2019. Bargaining typically begins a year in advance. Darcy, who belonged to the Communist party in her youth, is a former national president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees and a former business manager of the Hospital Employees Union. There are more than 100,000 unionized health care workers in B.C. </p><br></td></tr></tbody></table><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="phsa-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="phsa-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;">​</td></tr><tr><td class="phsa-rteTable-default"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/htm9y-bbt0do-5kprvjd3/"><strong>Lawrie McFarlane: After a health scare, a new respect for electronic records</strong></a></td></tr><tr><td class="phsa-rteTable-default">Times Colonist | July 21, 2017</td></tr><tr><td class="phsa-rteTable-default"><p>But rather than getting into a jousting match, I can offer some personal testimony that might help explain the benefits of electronic records.</p><p>Two weeks ago, I had to visit the ER at Saanich Peninsula Hospital with symptoms of an allergic reaction. My throat muscles had tightened, and I was having trouble swallowing.</p><p>I explained to the physician on duty that I had undergone numerous allergy tests some years ago, and nothing was found. He promptly called up those test findings on his computer, even though they were stored at a different site.</p><p>He then ordered an ECG, and 20 minutes later, sat down with me to review the results. It was possible, he said, that I had suffered a heart attack, which might explain my symptoms.</p><p>His reason for thinking this was that he also had on his computer the results of an ECG I'd had done nine years earlier, again at a different location. The two sets of results differed, raising the possibility of a silent heart attack.</p><p>A blood test then followed, which fortunately showed there had been no heart attack.</p><p>But here is the point. There is no way on Earth this diagnostic process could have been carried out with paper records. I might, indeed, have suffered a heart attack, and using a paper system, no one would have been any the wiser.</p><p>Instead, the ER physician was able to log onto an existing electronic-record system that contains previous lab and ECG results. However, there are significant limitations to this system.</p><p>First, it omits huge chunks of a patient's medical file, such as handwritten physician notes, and interactions with other types of caregivers, such as physiotherapists.</p><p>Second, it is not easily accessible to physicians in private practice, other than your own GP, who is automatically copied on results.</p><p>The electronic health record being introduced in Nanaimo closes these gaps. Every interaction you've ever had with a caregiver will be there, including consults with specialists, physician notes, and an easily updatable list of medical problems and surgeries. And over time, these records will be available to any physician on the Island.</p><p>The new system also alerts caregivers to potential errors, such as an incorrect drug dose or a pre-existing ailment that might make a specific form of treatment dangerous.</p><p>This is a massive project. Physicians in private practice on Vancouver Island use 20 different software formats, few of them compatible. It will take years to drill down through these layers, though Island Health expects to expand the Nanaimo project to the capital region in 2019.</p><p>Yes, as with any new software, it takes some getting used to.</p><p>But the potential is enormous. Physicians who have at their fingertips such a wealth of knowledge cannot help but offer better and more timely care.</p><p>When you go into an ER with an allergic reaction, and the possibility is raised that you've had a heart attack, then that possibility is almost as rapidly dismissed, you leave with a new respect for electronic records.</p></td></tr><tr><td class="phsa-rteTable-default">​</td></tr></tbody></table><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="phsa-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="phsa-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;">​</td></tr><tr><td class="phsa-rteTable-default"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/htm9y-bbt0dr-5kprvjd6/"><strong>Health Sciences North Research Institute to receive $200,000 for electronic record development</strong></a></td></tr><tr><td class="phsa-rteTable-default">CBC.ca | June 23, 2017</td></tr><tr><td class="phsa-rteTable-default"><p>Medical research in northern Ontario is getting a double shot of investments this morning.</p><p>Both the federal and provincial governments are investing a total of $200,000 to Health Sciences North Research Institute. The funding is to help develop technology that provides better access to electronic health records for hospitals, researchers and clinicians.</p><p>The technology is a cloud-based information sharing platform to improve access to patient records, and enhance the delivery of health care services and products.</p><p>The plan is for researchers to collect data from northern residents, clinicians, entrepreneurs and community leaders. This way, the electronic health records system would be specific to the needs of those living in northern Ontario.</p><p>"This funding announcement will help our researchers, clinicians and regional partners transform health research in the north," Dr. Denis Roy, president and CEO of HSN's Research Institute said in a release.</p><p>"This is an example of health innovation that will improve health equity for northerners, seniors and indigenous people."</p><p>The funding is coming from the province's Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, and Canada's FedNor. The two funds are both investing $100,000 each. </p></td></tr><tr><td class="phsa-rteTable-default">​</td></tr></tbody></table><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="phsa-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="phsa-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;">​</td></tr><tr><td class="phsa-rteTable-default"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/htm9y-bbt0dv-5kprvjd0/"><strong>IT and IPAC collaborate to develop an app to improve data collection</strong></a> </td></tr><tr><td class="phsa-rteTable-default">Can Health Tech | July 2017</td></tr><tr><td class="phsa-rteTable-default"><p>The tool offers the ability to use Apple iPad devices to conduct IPAC audits throughout the SJHH organization, using an efficient checklist entry model. Each auditable point can be annotated with a photograph and comment if required, which transforms the level of effectiveness in capturing and conveying the particulars of compliance items.</p><p>Once the audit data has been collected, the tool can generate summary reports, which allow the ability to email PDFs of each audit summary, including comments and pictures to unit managers and others. As a result, the timeliness and impact of the reports is greatly improved.</p></td></tr><tr><td class="phsa-rteTable-default">​</td></tr></tbody></table><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="phsa-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="phsa-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;">​</td></tr><tr><td class="phsa-rteTable-default"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/htm9y-bbt0dz-5kprvjd4/"><strong>CHIMA Announce New Board Members</strong></a> </td></tr><tr><td class="phsa-rteTable-default">Can Health Tech | July 2017</td></tr><tr><td class="phsa-rteTable-default"><p>The Canadian Health Information Management Association ( CHIMA) is pleased to announce its new Board of Directors for 2017/18. CHIMA is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Van Oort (pictured), MLT, CHIMA (ON), as Chair of the CHIMA Board of Directors.</p><p>"Robert's input as the past vice chair and secretary treasurer over the past year has positioned him well to assume the role of Chair, said Gail Crook, CEO and registrar of CHIMA. "As we embark on the task to operationalize our renewed Strategic Plan, Robert's strong leadership experience will help frame our direction to better serve the Health Information Management (HIM) community in Canada."</p><p>Robert Van Oort is currently the senior vice president and chief operating officer at the Dryden Regional Health Centre (DRHC). He has held various senior positions within the DRHC, where he had overall responsibility for Corporate Services, Planning, Support Services, Medical Affairs and Risk Management.</p><p>Robert has strong clinical and information management experience, being both a Medical Laboratory Technologist and Certified Health Information Manager, and helped introduce Electronic Health Records to the DRHC.</p><p>"This is an exciting time as the profession evolves," said Van Oort. "As we move forward with our strategic review, we can look forward to a renewed, stronger CHIMA."</p><p>Robert Van Oort is also pleased to announce CHIMA's newly elected Board Directors:</p><p> </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Kathleen Addison, (Alberta) – Kathleen is the Past Chair. She is a Senior Provincial Director of Health Information Management with Alberta Health Services in Calgary Alberta.</li><li>Leah Anscombe (British Columbia) – Leah is the Vice Chair. She is the Director of Clinical and Information Support at the Vancouver Island Health Authority, in Victoria BC</li><li><strong>Yoel Robens-Paradise</strong> (British Columbia) – Yoel is the Secretary Treasurer. He is the Vice President of Clinical and Systems Transformation and Lower Mainland Health Information Management at Providence Health Care in Vancouver BC.</li><li>Gail Crook (Ontario) – Gail is the CEO & Registrar of CHIMA/CCHIM.</li><li>Karen Pietrangelo (Ontario) – Karen is a Director. She is the Manager Health Information Management / Patient Registration at the Niagara Health System in Niagara Falls Ontario.</li><li>Marlene Raasok (Alberta) – Marlene is a Director. She has retired as the Executive Dean for the School of Health and Life Sciences and Community Services at Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario, and now resides in Alberta.</li><li>Sonya Stasiuk (Alberta) – Sonya is a new incoming Director. She is the Director of the Data Management Unit at Alberta Health in Edmonton Alberta.</li><li>Altaf Stationwala (Ontario) – Altaf is a Director. He is the President & CEO of the Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital Ontario.</li></ul></td></tr><tr><td class="phsa-rteTable-default">​</td></tr></tbody></table><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="phsa-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr class="phsa-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="phsa-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:767px;"><strong>EHEALTH</strong></td></tr></tbody></table><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="phsa-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr class="phsa-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="phsa-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:100%;">​</td></tr><tr class="phsa-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="phsa-rteTableEvenCol-default"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/htm9y-bbt0e3-5kprvjd4/"><strong>Put a doctor in his pocket thanks to its smart-phone</strong></a></td></tr><tr class="phsa-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="phsa-rteTableEvenCol-default">Sherbrooke Times | July 17, 2017</td></tr><tr class="phsa-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="phsa-rteTableEvenCol-default"><p>In 2016, between 14 and 22 % of Canadians have used health services digital, according to the organization Canada Health Infoway. These services range from simple appointment scheduling online or the renewal of a prescription to the very complex operation controlled remotely or with medical consultation via videoconference.</p><p>"In a five-year horizon, there will be a lot of services in telehealth, it is coming very soon," predicted Benoit Brunel, president and founder of Hello Health, an online platform that allows you to take an emergency appointment in a clinic close to home without having to queue.</p><p>For the moment, the telehealth public in Quebec, as has been the experience Ms. Watkins is in its infancy, but elsewhere, governments and private companies share the market in a full, rolling boil.</p><p>In the United States, the giant consortium of private health Kaiser Permanente already provides 50 % of its health services to its 8 million customers at a distance</p></td></tr></tbody></table><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="phsa-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr class="phsa-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="phsa-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:100%;">​</td></tr><tr class="phsa-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="phsa-rteTableEvenCol-default"><strong>PRIVACY</strong></td></tr><tr class="phsa-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="phsa-rteTableEvenCol-default">​</td></tr></tbody></table><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="phsa-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr class="phsa-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="phsa-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:767px;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/htm9y-bbt0e7-5kprvjd8/"><strong>Hundreds of patient records accessed in privacy breach in Nova Scotia</strong></a></td></tr><tr class="phsa-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="phsa-rteTableEvenCol-default">Globe and Mail | July 17, 2017</td></tr><tr class="phsa-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="phsa-rteTableEvenCol-default"><p>Hundreds of patient records at the Nova Scotia Health Authority were inappropriately accessed in two separate incidents involving six employees.</p><p> </p><p>The health authority is reaching out to 337 patients whose personal health information was accessed in the widespread privacy breaches.</p><p>A spokesperson said the privacy breaches are among the largest on record at the provincial health body.</p><p>Colin Stevenson, an executive with the authority, called the violation of confidentiality</p><p>"substantial" and said the incidents are being taken seriously.</p><p>"Any time there is a violation of privacy and confidentiality, we do treat it seriously," Stevenson, vice-president of quality, system performance and transformation, said Monday. "It's something we're concerned about and it's something we want people to know we take very seriously.</p><p>"We're not hiding behind it," he added. "We're willing to say it's a problem and it's something we're going to continue to try and fix as an organization."</p><p>The six employees involved are subject to disciplinary action, which could include termination, Stevenson said.</p><p>He could not confirm whether the personal health records were accessed in error or deliberately with malicious intent.</p><p>"If they weren't part of the circle of care, if they didn't need access to any information about that individual in order to do their job, and they've looked it up, they have no reason to look at that record," he said. "For us, that's a violation."</p><p>The first incident, involving the inappropriate access and handling of health information of 244 patients by three employees, came to light after a patient complained in July 2016.</p><p>The second incident, involving the inappropriate access of health information of 93 patients by three different employees, was investigated after a manager raised concerns in January.</p><p>Stevenson said the information contained in a patient's record includes basic demographic information as well as test results, notes by physicians and other personal information.</p></td></tr></tbody></table><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="phsa-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr class="phsa-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="phsa-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:100%;">​</td></tr><tr class="phsa-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="phsa-rteTableEvenCol-default"><strong>QUALITY IMPROVEMENT</strong></td></tr><tr class="phsa-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="phsa-rteTableEvenCol-default">​</td></tr></tbody></table><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="phsa-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr class="phsa-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="phsa-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:767px;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/htm9y-bbt0eb-5kprvjd1/"><strong>White paper: Workflow Management Software automates Pulmonary Function Reporting</strong></a></td></tr><tr class="phsa-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="phsa-rteTableEvenCol-default">Influx Workflow | July 2017</td></tr><tr class="phsa-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="phsa-rteTableEvenCol-default"><p>Respirologists at Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital are breathing easier these days. They've deployed software from Influx Workflow Solutions, which extracts patient data from a wide array of cardiology and respirology diagnostic devices and consolidates it all in a single structured report. The reports can then be easily viewed by respirologists, cardiologists, referring physicians and other caregivers – easily and quickly.</p><p>"In our Pulmonary Function Lab, we do a wide range of diagnostic tests including spirometry, lung volumes, lung diffusing capacity, airway resistance and exercise oximetry among others," says respiratory therapist Eva Leek. "In the past, both our staff and physicians have had to go to each machine to create their reports. Now, we can gather all reports from just one workspace and see a complete view of the patient's respiratory status."</p></td></tr></tbody></table><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="phsa-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr class="phsa-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="phsa-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:767px;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/htm9y-bbt0ed-5kprvjd3/"><strong>White paper: Information Governance - An Imperative for Canadian Healthcare</strong></a></td></tr><tr class="phsa-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="phsa-rteTableEvenCol-default">Iron Mountain | July 2017</td></tr><tr class="phsa-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="phsa-rteTableEvenCol-default"><p>Digital information risks go beyond the usual IT system risk assessment yet the perspective of an Information Governance (IG) risk assessment can bridge gaps when moving from physical to digital information.</p><p>IG risks include those related to subjects such as information privacy and security associated with patient-provider texting, cloud computing with EMR adoption and integration with personal monitoring devices.</p><p>IG includes how we manage the lifecycle of the complete record of care, inclusive of paper, digital and multimedia assets. IG establishes oversight and a framework for accountability to ensure policies enforce processes around accuracy and integrity of managing various data sources, including longitudinal access to information across jurisdictional boundaries, data matching and real time use for effective research.</p><p>Considerations including strategic policy, accountability and operational guidance are needed to effectively manage data for direct care, research and administrative needs. Supporting quality of care and information application and use, IG includes practice standards such as:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>establishing and managing commonly defined metadata to increase ability of search and find mechanisms within systems;</li><li>common data dictionaries for standardized terms matched across systems;</li><li>meaningful data sets for content quality and/or feedback loops to data sources to ensure the right information is received and published for use</li></ul></td></tr></tbody></table><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="phsa-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr class="phsa-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="phsa-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:100%;">​</td></tr><tr class="phsa-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="phsa-rteTableEvenCol-default"><strong>CLINICAL DOCUMENTATION</strong></td></tr><tr class="phsa-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="phsa-rteTableEvenCol-default">​</td></tr></tbody></table><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="phsa-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr class="phsa-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="phsa-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:767px;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/htm9y-bbt0ef-5kprvjd5/"><strong>Electronic Documentation: Celebrating six months of success at Abbotsford Regional Hospital</strong></a></td></tr><tr class="phsa-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="phsa-rteTableEvenCol-default">FH Beat | July 5, 2017</td></tr><tr class="phsa-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="phsa-rteTableEvenCol-default"><p>In November 2016, Abbotsford Regional Hospital implemented an application called the Meditech Patient Care System (PCS), allowing nurses, allied health, and support personnel to document electronically.<br> <br>This system allows all healthcare providers to be able to view accurate, up-to-date, and complete information about patients at the point of care and enables quick access to patient records for more coordinated, efficient care. This PCS application was designed by clinicians for clinicians in consultation with numerous regional stakeholder groups such as clinical and practice experts, and health record and health informatics specialists.<br> <br>Satisfaction and system quality surveys were conducted with staff, physicians and patients six weeks and six months post implementation, and the results reflect Abbotsford's clinician and patient communities' amazing experience with PCS.<br> <br>Here are some of the highlights from the six month surveys:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>80 per cent of staff agree PCS has improved and increased the quality of patient care they can provide</li><li>82 per cent of staff agree that PCS improves and increases their productivity</li><li>74 per cent of staff agree that Meditech PCS improves sharing of patient information amongst providers</li><li>74 per cent of physicians agree that the availability of PCS information in EMR allows them to make patient care decisions more quickly</li><li>87 per cent of patients agree that staff are always or usually up-to-date on their care</li></ul><p>In particular, hospital clinicians say that some of the biggest benefits they are experiencing include:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>the ability to quickly view their patient's health information (e.g., vital signs, mobility status), saving them precious time looking or waiting for a paper chart and allowing them to spend more time with patients</li><li>the reduction of duplication in documentation – 'one and done' – instead of writing the same information in multiple locations</li><li>the ability to easily trend data over a period of time (e.g., temperature, pain scores, Braden Scale scores) and compare data trends (e.g., bedside blood glucose results, insulin dosage administered and nutritional intake)</li></ul><p>Currently, PCS is used by over 1,400 staff, physicians and students for adult inpatients.<br> <br>The Integrated Plan of Care team is working in collaboration with Abbotsford staff to continuously improve the system. Work is also underway to bring Maternity, Pediatrics, Neonatal Intensive Care and Emergency outpatients online at the hospital in Spring 2018. </p></td></tr></tbody></table><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="phsa-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr class="phsa-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="phsa-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:767px;"><a href="http://trk.cp20.com/click/htm9y-bbt0ek-5kprvjd0/"><strong>Working with Physicians to Improve Clinical Documentation</strong></a></td></tr><tr class="phsa-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="phsa-rteTableEvenCol-default">Media Health Leaders | July 2017</td></tr><tr class="phsa-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="phsa-rteTableEvenCol-default"><p>The coding function would not exist if there were no physician documentation from which to code. Some say that's true today—yet we continue to code! The challenge for coders is not so much that there is no physician documentation; it's that the documentation they have does not provide them with what they need to assign an accurate and specific code.</p><p>The reason for this is that the physician is capturing the clinical nuggets he or she needs. "The physician mind is focused on the associated process of evaluating, treating and managing the health conditions presented by each patient. The chart documentation provided by the physician is all framed in the language of diagnostic phrasing and language, and [that language] certainly is not about codes" (Insights from the HCC, n.d.).</p><p>Many hospitals have implemented clinical documentation programs to coach physicians on the documentation elements required for the hospital to optimize its coding efforts. However, when physicians don't feel they or their patients benefit from efforts to alter documentation practices, they are quick to disengage. Physicians are accustomed to being paid by their evaluation and management level, not their diagnoses.</p><p>Thus, the lack of precision of documented conditions, such as pancreatitis without specifying whether acute, idiopathic, alcohol-induced, sclerotic, or not indicating length of laceration or use of anesthetic or even providing details without a diagnosis (e.g., glomerular filtration range provided to indicate stage of kidney disease) is not unexpected according to Lucyk et. al. from the University of Calgary (Lucyk, Tang, & Quan, 2016). No, it's not just a United States problem.<br></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><br></p>http://www.himconnect.ca/blog/media-summary-july-212017-07-24T07:00:00Z

 
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