Event: Personal Health Information Goes Digital

• Did you know that as an Albertan you now have access to your personal health record?

• Did you know access to personal health information and digital solutions could improve health care experiences and outcomes?

• Do you want to know how to become an active partner in shaping how technology will transform our health care system?

You’re invited to Partners in the Power of Information Sharing: Educate, Empower, Engage, presented by IMAGINE Citizens Collaborating for Health and the O’Brien Institute for Public Health.

This FREE day-long event is designed to inform citizens about the power of digital health, and provide engagement opportunities to shape Alberta’s rapidly expanding digital health landscape.

WHEN: October 3, 2019

WHERE: Red & White Club, Calgary

Register here 

Why isn’t this option more widely available?

In a recent article found in the Globe and Mail, the following was addressed.  “One of my friends says she can do a video chat with her doctor, why isn’t this option more widely available?”  If, like many others, you are wondering the same thing, you may wish to read the article here

Feedback Requested

Are you a patient or family member who uses Internet and/or television services when in an Alberta Health Services’ facility? If so, AHS is inviting you to share your thoughts about the current television and wireless internet services being offered. The feedback you provide through this brief online survey will help to ensure a reliable and positive user experience – now and in the future.

To access the survey, please click the following link: Take Me to the Survey

The survey will be available until Saturday, December 15, 2018″ and all responses will be kept confidential.

Quality and Safety Summit 2018

The Quality and Safety Summit began this morning in Calgary. In addition to participating in walking tours and presentations, summit attendees are seeing some cool initiatives in action. Here is one that caught many people’s attention.

Home Monitoring Technologies Forum

Are you interested in home (personal) health monitoring technologies and ways they can be used to improve patient care in Alberta? If so, here is an event you may find of interest.

Click here to read and download the forum information.

Alberta Health Services – An Exciting Initiative

On Thursday, September 28th, Dr. Verna Yiu, Alberta Health Service (AHS) president and CEO, announced that the AHS board had approved a deal that will see the implementation of an advanced clinical information system throughout Alberta. This information system will serve as an information hub for all of AHS’s clinical care areas, which include hospitals, ambulatory clinics and continuing care centres. Currently, there are approximately, 1,300 information systems being used, all of which will be consolidated by this one system. Click here to read more about this initiative and what it will mean to patients, providers and healthcare as a whole.

Last Day: Patient Voices Wanted

Canada Health Infoway will be hosting the 2017 Infoway Partnership Conference: Connecting for Digital Health, on November 14-15, 2017, in Calgary. The focus of the conference will be to explore and recognize the effect that digital health is having in the lives of Canadians.

In addition to health care leaders and people in the healthcare profession, Canada Health Infoway is seeking to bring patients to the table to discuss opportunities, challenges and solutions concerning health care delivery in Canada. Click here to read about the Patient Scholarships that are available. Deadline for scholarship applications is July 5, 2017.

Social media and health care 

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There is no denying that social media has had an impact in many areas. One of these areas includes healthcare. In a recent article, entitled “Blurred lines: the General Medical Council guidance on doctors and social media,” Nick Cork and Paul Grant explore the risks and benefits of social media in healthcare, how social media can change the role of the physician and what it ultimately means to be a medical professional.

Digital technology in the early 21st century has introduced significant changes to everyday life and the ways in which we practise medicine. It is important that the ease and practicality of accessing and disseminating information does not intrude on the high standards expected of doctors, and that the boundaries between professional and public life do not become blurred through the increasing adoption of social media. This said, as with any such profound disruption, the social media age could be responsible for driving a new understanding of what it means to be a medical professional.”

Click here to read the full article.