All posts by Gary Folker

Chair, ITAC Health Board of Directors

Sharing Information is Healthcare’s Missing Link

A poll in coordination with Leger was recently conducted to gauge the thoughts of 1,500-plus Canadians on their experiences in the healthcare system. The survey took an in-depth look at how Canadians with a range of common chronic illnesses interact with their care providers, their points of care transition (for example, when they are discharged … Continue reading Sharing Information is Healthcare’s Missing Link

How to achieve successful care transitions from hospital to community

When a patient is discharged from a hospital setting, continuation of the high-quality care delivered in the hospital is a recognized challenge across many health delivery systems within Canadian provinces and internationally. The 30-day readmission rates, especially for patients with complex chronic disease, are a recognized measurement of the success of hospital community integration and … Continue reading How to achieve successful care transitions from hospital to community

The Evolution of the Electronic Health Record

Almost 15 years ago, Canada was introduced to the electronic health record (EHR), which was initially hailed as the end-all solution to bestow efficiency and improved patient care in our healthcare system. With many Canadians now having access to EHR data — and with healthcare costs the highest they’ve ever been —providers are starting to … Continue reading The Evolution of the Electronic Health Record

2017: A Year of Challenges and Opportunities

As the new year kicks off, questions will inevitably arise asking: what will be this year’s priorities and challenges for healthcare delivery in Canada? In addition to a number of emerging priorities, there are some existing challenges that have carried over from last year. These ongoing priorities are typically focused on improving the patient experience, … Continue reading 2017: A Year of Challenges and Opportunities

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