Toronto Welcomed Delegates at the First World interRAI Conference

TORONTO, April 22, 2016 /CNW/ - The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA), interRAI and the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) hosted more than 700 delegates including researchers, policy makers, clinicians, management, and front line staff at the 2016 World interRAI Conference in Toronto.

interRAI is a system of evidence-based electronic instruments that capture client/patient assessment information. A number of years ago, interRAI identified the need for compatible assessment instruments that could be used across health care sectors – a standardized approach using the same language. These assessments are used to support care planning and delivery, quality improvement, health system management and policy development.

"Together with our partners, we are pleased to provide leadership in this ever evolving conference, bringing guest speakers and representatives from around the world," said Warren DiClemente, Vice President, Education and Chief Operating Officer, OHA. "Our involvement has strengthened partnerships with other provincial associations and will continue to diversify the OHA's many educational offerings."

"The World interRAI Conference was a tremendous success because it allowed Canadians to exchange ideas about how to improve care for vulnerable persons with delegates from 30 countries", said John Hirdes, Senior Canadian Fellow, interRAI and Professor, School of Public Health & Health Systems, University of Waterloo.

The first Canadian interRAI conference was held in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 2005. This is the 5th consecutive year that the OHA has been involved as the conference secretariat and a host organization.

Ontario Hospital Association
The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) is the voice of Ontario's public hospitals. Founded in 1924, the OHA uses advocacy, education and partnerships to build a strong, innovative and sustainable health care system for all Ontarians.

SOURCE Ontario Hospital Association

For further information: Samantha Grant, Public Affairs Specialist, Ontario Hospital Association, 416-357-1376,; John Hirdes, Senior Canadian Fellow interRAI, Professor, School of Public Health & Health Systems, University of Waterloo,; Julie Koreck, Administrative Assistant, University of Waterloo,; Or visit:


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