Participants report more than 3 million uses as award recipients
OTTAWA, May 27, 2013 /CNW/ - Infoway's ImagineNation Outcomes Challenge participants serve as examples of how the adoption
and use of digital solutions that improve health care can be increased
across Canada, according to Richard Alvarez, President and CEO, Canada
Some 43 teams from across Canada with a range of innovations took part,
from online access to lab test results in B.C. to tools to
systematically report cancer pathology results in Ontario. Together,
they achieved more than 3 million uses of their solutions since January
2012, along with a 94.7 per cent increase in users.
"We're delighted that participating teams clocked over 3 million uses of
their solutions and nearly doubled the number of users during the
Challenge," said Alvarez. "We encourage others to follow the lead of
these innovators in using IT to improve health care."
Teams whose solutions were used most over the course of the Challenge
and those with the strongest growth in users in any of the four
Challenge categories receive Outcomes Challenge awards.
Bridget Davison is a manager at one of the 14 British Columbia clinics
whose team was awarded first place in the e-Scheduling category. She
says digital health innovation has transformed her work environment.
"Before we started using e-Scheduling, patients would leave voice mail
messages with their appointment requests, which would be manually
retrieved and then managed using a paper appointment book before
calling them back. You can imagine how much time both our patients and
clinic staff are saving now that it's all being managed automatically
online," said Davison.
Team leader for a first place Medication Reconciliation team from
Ontario, pharmacist Andrew Liu, notes he is not only pleased by his
team's results, but also with the impact on quality of care.
"Our electronic medication reconciliation solution makes it easier for
clinicians to compare home prescriptions with hospital orders, ensuring
safer care for our patients," said Liu. "We're delighted to have been
able to bring these benefits to more patients in the course of the
Challenge and to share our experiences with other teams."
Award recipients by category (see Backgrounder for description of projects):
Enables patients to book appointments online or by mobile device, which
can save both patients and clinicians time.
First place: Team of 14 clinics, British Columbia
Second Place: Team of 49 clinics, Québec
Third place: Canadian Blood Services
Patient Access to Health Information
Empowers patients to view their own health information, such as lab
results or immunization history.
First place: Excelleris, British Columbia
Second place: West Carleton Family Health Team, Ontario
Third place: Wise Elephant Family Health Team, Ontario
Improves medication safety by making it easier to take a complete
medication history and ensure new prescriptions or changes in
medications are reconciled with this list.
First place (tie): Toronto East General Hospital, Ontario
First place (tie): University Health Network, Ontario
Third place: Mount Sinai Hospital, Ontario
Clinical Synoptic Reporting
Improves clinical communication by having evidence-embedded tools
available at the point of care, making it easier to create structured
summaries of the patient's current care that can be used by the health
First place: Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, Ontario
Second Place (tie): University Health Network, Ontario
Second place (tie): North York General Hospital, Ontario
New Challenge Launched Today
As a follow-up to the successful Outcomes Challenge, Infoway today launched the Impact Challenges, a new series of three Challenges that will be rolled out over the coming weeks. Phase one of the Impact
Challenges begins May 27, 2013 and will run until July 31, 2013. (see Backgrounder for description)
We thank the following leading Canadian health care organizations for
working with Infoway to help shape the Challenge by providing expert advice, encouraging
participation and promoting the Challenge and its results:
Why a Challenge?
Challenges are a good way of eliciting and spreading innovation. In a
fall 2010 Ipsos survey, gathering information about Canadians'
priorities for consumer health solutions, 85 per cent of respondents
agreed that running challenges like this one was a good way to get and
test new ideas about how to provide health information products and
services. Infoway has committed to engage in open challenges to encourage broader
innovation in a cost-effective and timely way, while fostering a
community of innovators across the country. The ImagineNation Outcomes Challenge is part of Infoway's ongoing innovation program. Learn more at http://www.imaginenationchallenge.ca/
About Canada Health Infoway:
Canada Health Infoway is an independent, not-for-profit organization
funded by the federal government. Infoway jointly invests with every
province and territory to accelerate the development and adoption of
information and communications technology projects in Canada. Fully
respecting patient confidentiality, these secure systems will provide
clinicians and patients with the information they need to better
support safe care decisions and manage their own health. Accessing this
vital information quickly will help foster a more modern and
sustainable health care system for all Canadians.
SOURCE: Canada Health Infoway
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Canada Health Infoway
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