Taking Health Informatics Mainstream – once a “blue sky” idea when our pioneering health informatics (HI) predecessors first articulated COACH’s vision statement, we are now beginning to see our future unfolding. We have made huge progress, yet we have so much more to do…The early years of our eHealth journey were characterized by “invention”, with … Continue reading COACH Column: Innovation through Collaboration: Evolving a Canadian EMR Adoption & Maturity Model
Genome testing – using DNA analysis to determine genetic predisposition to various health conditions – still sounds like something out of a science fiction movie to many Canadians. But, the reality is that it’s available here, in North America, along with a constantly growing range of technology. While we haven’t quite reached the level of … Continue reading COACH Column: Accelerating Change: Putting the Patient at the Centre of Care
In Canada where we enjoy universal healthcare and yet still see so much more that we can do to enable healthcare improvement, it can be difficult to imagine the huge challenges facing lower income and developing countries. High infant and maternal mortality rates, the prevalence of communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis and lack of access to safe … Continue reading e-Health in Developing Countries: What Can We Do as HI Professionals to Make a Difference?
Technology is making an impact on healthcare in amazing ways and is supporting ways of improving healthcare delivery at a time when innovation in our healthcare system is so important. We also see many disruptive new technologies appearing over the horizon as Dr. Eric Topol so eloquently demonstrated at e-Health 2013 as digital health also reaches … Continue reading Achieving Successful Outcomes: The Importance of the Human Factor
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