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BCATPR Workshop 2014: Speakers finalized, poster deadline extended!

Telehealth, eHealth and mobile health advances in BC and beyond

May 26, 2014  •  St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver
11:30am - 4:30pm  •  $30 regular/$20 student

Poster submission deadline has been extended to April 25!

Join us for a day of presentations exploring the world of telemedicine, telehealth, mobile health technologies, and eHealth initiatives for chronic disease management. This year's speakers are:

Dr. John Falconer, Neurologist, Kelowna General Hospital; Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology, University of British Columbia; Director, eHealth Research Office, UBC Southern Medical Program

Jodi Glassford, Director, Closed Loop Referral Management, eReferral and Alberta Referral Pathways, Alberta Health Services

eReferral and transforming Alberta’s referral experience

Dr. Scott Lear, Team Leader, BCATPR; Director, Community Health Solutions (CHS); Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University; Pfizer/Heart and Stroke Foundation Chair in Cardiovascular Prevention Research, St. Paul's Hospital

Using the Internet to deliver cardiac rehabilitation: Results of the virtual cardiac rehabilitation program

Dr. Melanie Murray, Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of British Columbia

WelTel at Oak Tree: Text messaging support to improve HIV+ patient care and outcomes.

For full workshop details, visit the BCATPR Workshop page.

Ottawa expanding internet access across Canada

The government has released a new digital strategy, Digital Canada 150. It aims to provide over 98% of Canadians with high-speed internet by 2017, meaning expansion of services in Canada’s rural areas. The plan also aims to make rates more affordable and to increase privacy for users. All of this could translate to good things for telehealth and health education access.

Watch an interview with Industry Minister James Moore

Visit Digital Canada 150’s official website

eHealth resource: Story of Digital Health

Started by Paul Sonnier, founder of LinkedIn’s 25,000 member Digital Health group, the “Story of Digital Health” website serves as a crowd-sourced repository for all things eHealth. The website contains a list of digital health events, solutions and resources, and anyone can contribute content to the lists. It also offers eHealth news, graphics and videos.

Telus acquires additional EMR company

Telus Health recently acquired Med Access Inc., an electronic medical records (EMR) company based out of Kelowna. The acquisition increases the total number of doctors using their system to more than 12,500 across Canada.

Telus plans to integrate Med Access’s eReferral system across all of their EMR platforms, allowing doctors to “electronically forward any information in a patient's chart directly to another care provider, thereby reducing potential data entry errors and helping to enhance patient care," says Brendan Byrne, vice-president of Telus physician solutions. Telus Health now offers and supports four EMR products in Canada: Med Access, KinLogix, PS Suite and Wolf.

Canada Health Infoway gets clinics e-booking

Canada Health Infoway has launched the e-Booking Initiative, which aims to encourage healthcare practices to offer e-booking to their patients. e-Booking allows patients to schedule appointments online or via mobile phone, and it promises to increase efficiency and patient/staff satisfaction.

Infoway is providing funding for eligible licensed physicians and nurse practitioners in community-based or ambulatory care settings to encourage adoption of e-booking in their practices. Registration for the initiative runs until June 30, 2014.

Infographic: Clinical Mobility

Healthcare providers' use of mobile devices is on the rise; CDW Healthcare's infographic captures the latest (U.S.) trends.