COACH represents the Canadian health informatics (HI) community, both public and private from coast to coast, and one of our biggest challenges is to form a degree of cohesion and alignment across a vast geographic landscape as well as across a very diverse professional community. I can emphatically state that even with all of the … Continue reading Reflecting on My Career to Date and the Last Two Years as COACH President (With Assistance from Yogi Berra)
Today, clinicians don’t have access to all the patient data needed to create a care plan that directly addresses their unique personal circumstances and genetic makeup. However, this could soon change with the introduction of precision medicine – an approach to care which provides clinicians real-time access to all information relevant to a patient’s care. … Continue reading The Journey to Precision Medicine
We live in an era where digital consumerism is a way of life and the prefix ‘über’ has lost its original meaning along with its umlaut. Today, ‘uberfication’ is used to describe almost any digitally enabled process that has been optimized to deliver the ultimate consumer experience in terms of speed, ease of use, geographic … Continue reading New outcomes: activating health consumers
If you went to HIMSS this year one thing was abundantly clear – FHIR was everywhere. HL7’s latest draft standard is rising up the hype curve quickly. As more US based vendors invest in FHIR based data exchanges, Canada needs to understand how those investments will translate into new capabilities and what we need to … Continue reading Will FHIR Jump the Border?
The Hospital Information System (HIS) market is ripe for disruption. One HIS project in Toronto was recently estimated at $600M. Another HIS implementation in Vancouver recently cost $850M. That is not the cost to build completely new software systems. That is the cost to license and install already built software, configure it, and train staff … Continue reading Hospital Information Systems: Ripe for Disruption