The health system has traditionally been seen as data rich and information poor though this adage does not hold the same validity that it did 25 years ago. While we continue to improve the information value chain as it relates to direct patient care, the unsustainable year after year increases in the costs of providing … Continue reading Guest Editorial – Big Data is a Big Deal
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)
As I am sure many of you have noticed, healthcare continues to undergo seismic shifts that stem from multiple factors. These factors include, but are not limited to technological advances, changing demographics and soaring interest and involvement by consumers in their personal care and that of their loved ones. One thing that has not changed … Continue reading Analytics Must Support the Cultural Changes Required for Healthcare Sustainability
As I embark on my two-year term as President of COACH and in light of the upcoming 40th anniversary of COACH, I thought it appropriate to offer commentary and thanks to the members that make this association an effective national voice for health informatics (HI) in Canada. I particularly want to focus in on the … Continue reading The Soul of COACH
Is there life after 40? The answer, for COACH, is a resounding, “Yes!” As we embark on a new decade, following the 40th anniversary celebrations that culminated in COACH’s official “birthday” Aug. 18, the future looks promising. The last few months have shown that for COACH, the road ahead, while sometimes challenging, is paved with … Continue reading Life After 40: Future Focused and Phenomenal!