Over $1 million dollars available to be won
TORONTO, Sept. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) today launched its ImagineNation Outcomes Challenge, which will accelerate the use of innovative IT solutions with the
potential to improve healthcare quality and the patient experience.
"The ImagineNation Outcomes Challenge taps into the desire of Canadians and their clinicians to
develop and spread innovations that improve healthcare," said Richard
Alvarez, President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway. "Infoway is proud to offer more than $1 million in awards to help teams across
the country accelerate the use of e-solutions with the potential to
improve healthcare quality and the patient experience."
The Outcomes Challenge offers more than one million dollars in awards to teams whose
solutions are used most and those with the strongest growth in users in
any of the four Challenge categories:
Enables patients to book appointments online or by mobile device, which
can save both patients and clinicians time.
Patient Access to Health Information
Empowers patients to view their own health information, such as lab
results or immunization history.
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.
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
"We congratulate Infoway for their leadership on this innovative knowledge transfer initiative,"
said Hugh MacLeod, CEO, Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI).
"Medication safety is a high priority for CPSI and we look forward to
putting a spotlight on the successes happening across the county to
"We are proud to be one of the national associations supporting the
Challenge," said Wendy Nicklin, President and CEO, Accreditation
Canada, "It's a creative way to showcase quality and innovation and
improve care in a way that aligns with key components of the Qmentum
The following leading Canadian health care organizations are working
with Infoway to help shape the Challenge by providing expert advice, encouraging
participation and promoting the Challenge and its results:
Why a Challenge? Why now?
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 and ImagineNation Ideas Challenges are part of Infoway's ongoing innovation program.
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
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