Government & Policy

Andrea Bacque

Healthcare needs to address information governance

By Rosie Lombardi

Many emerging trends, from the Internet of Things to consumer demand for healthcare information, are creating new risks because healthcare information is spilling out of its previously protected domains. “We don’t have or apply standards in consistent ways for managing information across the healthcare ecosystem. Provinces are being driven to develop these themselves but each…


Infoway announces enhanced certification program

After more than a year of review and extensive stakeholder consultations, Canada Health Infoway has announced enhancements to its Certification Services with the release of the 2017 edition of privacy and security certification criteria. These harmonized requirements will reduce testing redundancy and can be adopted from coast-to-coast-to-coast. Certification provides assurance that digital health software complies…

Jacalyn Duffin

Canada needs a database of essential medicines

Creating and enforcing an essential medicines list of prescription drugs that Canada commits to supplying at all times could help alleviate drug shortages and improve prescribing practices, doctors say. Unlike 117 other member countries of the World Health Organization, Canada has no such list or database. Norway has kept a list of essential medicines since…

Maureen Charlebois

Infoway’s peer networks focus on advanced e-health

By Rosie Lombardi

Infoway recently announced new funding to develop next-generation Clinical Peer Leader Networks. The networks will help healthcare professionals set up and use advanced clinical e-functions and patient e-services to improve care. OntarioMD and the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) are officially on board with more to follow. In this Q&A with Maureen Charlebois (pictured), a group…

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Infoway $95,000 data challenge deadline is Feb 29

Do you have authorized access to Canadian healthcare data? Put that data to work to help answer some pressing healthcare questions for the opportunity to take part in the more than $95,000 in awards available. Canada Health Infoway’s Data Impact Challenge II asks authorized users of health data sets to analyze their data to help answer one…

Maureen Charlebois

Infoway launches new Clinical Peer Leader Networks

Canada Health Infoway is pleased to announce the next wave of Clinical Peer Leader Networks in Canada, developed to help healthcare professionals implement digital health solutions in their respective communities. As part of Infoway’s clinical engagement strategy, this new funding will help clinicians achieve greater value for their practices and patients through advanced clinical e-functions and adoption of patient…


Ontario plans to expand LHINs, cut CCAC centres

The Ontario government is preparing to overhaul healthcare in the province, including scrapping its troubled system for delivering home care and reforming primary care with the aim of improving patient access. The proposed changes, mapped out in a paper to be made public in the coming weeks, will be the focus of consultations in the…