As we launch the e-Health 2014 Conference, my last as President and CEO of Canada Health Infoway, I find myself reflecting on my 30-year career in health care in Canada. I recently shared some of my thoughts and insights with COACH President Don Newsham, and you can read about them starting on page 16 of … Continue reading HIM&CC Guest Editorial
As I finish my term as President this month (June) and see the new Strategic Plan taking shape for 2014 – 2017, it is an ideal time to take stock of COACH’s progress over the last three years – looking back as we look forward. The Strategic Plan is the blueprint and measuring stick for … Continue reading Measuring Up: A Look at COACH & Our Strategic Plan
A few days ago I received a call from an ITAC Health member about a memo he received from a major Toronto area hospital system. The memo stated that as of a certain date all vendor sales and service personnel entering hospital facilities must produce credentials confirming that they have undergone a criminal record and … Continue reading Vendor Credentialing: Good Idea – Bad Execution
COACH has long been recognized for its Guidelines for the Protection of Health Information Series (the Guidelines) on the privacy and security of health information. With the first publication in 1988, COACH has over 25 years of experience in publishing the main edition of the series. In recent years, the main edition has been supplemented … Continue reading Implementation Experiences of the COACH Privacy & Security Guidelines Series – Results of the COACH National Survey
Once upon a time there was a dream… an EHR for all Canadians…. Perhaps it was a unicorn (remember that analogy) – something people believe exists, but no-one has seen. And so it started – a multi-year, multi-billion dollar journey to equip care providers and consumers with access to their health records. Some say it … Continue reading Leadership in eHealth – is it Mythical?