Nurses taking a leadership role in the adoption of communication and informations systems.

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eHealth Champion received the 2013 Nursing Faculty eHealth AwardDigital Supported Care Planning

Irmajean Bajnok

Neither the benefit of evidence based practice nor digital health have been fully realized in health care today.

To be sure we have numerous evidence based best practice guidelines (BPG) both academic and service organizations are making enormous strides to be sure staff are using implementation science to implement, integrate and sustain the use of BPGs.

Many others are attempting to embed evidence based practices into electronic systems to boost day to day uptake and consistency in care.

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Implementing best practices within an electronic health system

Anna Cooper

Over the past several years Bayshore HealthCare has been implementing Epsilon® across many of our 56 branches. A proprietary processes and technology platform, Epsilon® is designed to automate and integrate client care, decision support processes, and facilitate communication with stakeholders.

Concurrently, as a Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO), Bayshore has also committed to implementing Best Practice Guidelines (BPGs). Most recently we launched the Oral Health BPG utilizing RNAO's Nursing Order Sets (NOS) embedded within Epsilon® to facilitate implementation of it evidence based recommendations.

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Data Accuracy:  The Starting Point for the Provision of Quality Care & Services
Extendicare Canada’s journey

Data Accuracy: The Starting Point for the Provision of Quality Care & Services Extendicare Canada’s journey

Leslie Green

In mid to late November 2010 new generation quality indicators (outcome data from RAI MDS 2.0) were made available by Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and we were able to analyze for the first time how we were doing in relation to the sector at large.

The results were not very good compared to the rest of Ontario and didn’t seem to align with the quality of care that we felt our homes were providing.

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Professional Practice Meets Clinical Informatics

Archna Patel

Professional practice has successfully collaborated with clinical informatics to better support inpatient mental health care at Mackenzie Health. Online documentation implementation was completed successfully at Mackenzie Health in 2014, with the help of eHealth champion members from both professional practice and clinical informatics.

Using change management and leadership strategies learned through the RNAO eHealth champion workshops, the teams merged together beautifully to get this project off the ground and completed to full fruition.

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Implementing an Online Ambulatory Referral Management System (ARMs)

Jennifer Ponsonby
Anna Leah Desembrana
Helen Edwards
Melody Hicks

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) uses an online referral system to support more timely and efficient management of referrals from community physicians’ offices to its ambulatory clinics within SickKids and internally between ambulatory clinics or from the Emergency Department.

A review of the ambulatory areas in 2004 revealed inefficiencies and inconsistencies related to the patient referral processes. In 2005 an in-house web-based tool was developed to manage patient referrals, and provide data for Wait Time reporting and ongoing process improvement.

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Introduction of Integrated Clinical Information System to St Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton Renal Program

Yolanda Berghegen

The renal program at St. Josephs Healthcare is now using a long awaited integrated clinical information system, the Nephrology Information System (NIS). The program’s goals were to have a system that provided continuity of patient care and information, point of care documentation, improved health care provider communication and data analysis for the renal patient population.

With strong IT support and technical support within the program, the system includes integration with the dialysis machine treatment details, as well as integration with lab results for viewing and trending.

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Nurse Educator eHealth Resource - Now available in French


The Nurse Educator eHealth Resource is now available in French! This Resource is intended to support nursing faculty with the introduction and integration of key eHealth concepts relevant to nursing practice, into the undergraduate nursing curriculum.

Nursing faculty, nursing students, nurses and other members of the health-care team and ultimately the patients served will all benefit from this Resource, as students taught by informed faculty will be effective adopters of eHealth innovations.

 

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Praise for the Nurse Educator eHealth Resource

Sylvie Jetté

The Nurse Educator eHealth Resource is now available in French! This Resource is intended to support nursing faculty with the introduction and integration of key eHealth concepts relevant to nursing practice, into the undergraduate nursing curriculum.

Nursing faculty, nursing students, nurses and other members of the health-care team and ultimately the patients served will all benefit from this Resource, as students taught by informed faculty will be effective adopters of eHealth innovations.

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Use of Data to Improve Quality of Palliative Care in Home Care

Vicki Lejambe

Saint Elizabeth has been a trusted name in Canadian health care for more than a century and is a leader in responding to client, family and system needs. As an award-winning not-for-profit and charitable organization, Saint Elizabeth is known for its track record of social innovation and breakthrough clinical practices in home and community care.

Our team of 8000 staff, made up of registered nurses and registered practical nurses, rehab therapists, personal support workers and crisis intervention staff deliver 6.4 million health care visits annually.

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