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The eHealth Centre of Excellence has created a COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) decision support tool in TELUS PS Suite EMR, incorporating input from Dr. James Milligan, Dr. Mohamed Alarakhia, Julia Hutton (NP), Dr. Neil Naik, and Dr. Kevin Samson. This tool guides clinicians through application of best practices and consistent documentation for COPD, supporting proactive care through informed decision making and appropriate steps to improve patient’s disease trajectory. 

 

An update to the COPD EMR tool has recently been released and can be accessed through our community portal. A detailed account of the upgrades is included below, as well as a demo of how the tool works.

 

Upgrades made to the COPD EMR tool:

 

  • Displays patient’s co-morbidities; pulled from patient’s current problem list
  • Graphing vitals and Dyspnea Scale results
  • Update to the tool layout and design
  • Up-to-date guidelines for COPD based on Canadian Thoracic Society Clinical Practice Guidelines updated in 2019
  • Ability to schedule the next appointment for COPD, with a reminder message
  • Ability to bill for various related COPD codes from directly within the tool
  • Updated Custom medication plan
  • New COPD action plan

 

Click the image below to watch the demo:

 

COPD EMR tool demo

 

For more information, contact emrtools@ehealthce.ca or click here to sign up for a coaching session!

 

Please take a look at this case study if you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of adopting our COPD EMR tool.

 

“Improving documentation is the first step towards understanding how well or sick my patients are, and therefore what management is required to improve their health.   By using this tool, I have had more conversations with patients regarding possible COPD, which has led to more testing to confirm diagnosis and smoking cessation referrals.”

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In honour of this year’s Digital Health Week, which is happening November 16 – 22, we’d like to recognize and celebrate the incredible dedication and agility that healthcare providers have demonstrated throughout COVID-19, as they’ve incorporated new technologies into their workflows to enable them to continue providing high-quality care to their patients.

 

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As part of Digital Health Week, we’ll be hosting a webcast/webinar that provides a comprehensive overview of how our suite of digital health tools can be used during COVID-19 and beyond.

You’ll have an opportunity to learn more about our innovative EMR decision support tools, virtual visit platforms, Ontario eServices Program (eReferral & eConsult), eCE Automates “bots”, tablets, and ePrescribing, as well as hear from a primary care physician on how these tools have impacted his practice.

Please join Ted Alexander, our VP of Partnerships and Clinical Innovation, for this webinar (with an interactive Q&A session to follow). 

 

When: Monday, November 16 – 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Space is limited, so register below today!

 

Click here to register

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We’re excited to share that our team will be presenting at this year’s AFHTO conference, Tectonic shifts: rebuilding primary care in a new world.

 

Our workshop is scheduled for October 8th, and will focus on how digital health tools can support identification and planned proactive visits for patients at risk of complications from COVID-19.

 

At the end of this interactive session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe tools to help clinicians and their offices proactively identify and connect with patients at risk during COVID-19

  2. Identify how to link these digital health tools together and embed them into patient care workflows

  3. Apply the tools to support the reopening of in-person visits with the reality of practicing in the time of COVID-19

We hope you’ll be able to join us – early bird registration ends today, so click here to register now! For more information on the conference, please visit the AFHTO website.

 

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Are you a primary care physician or nurse practitioner in the Ontario Health West region? If so, we want to hear from you!

 

Are you a primary care physician or nurse practitioner in the Ontario Health West region? If so, we want to hear from you!

We’ve put together a brief survey that seeks to find out how you are currently using virtual visits and digital health tools, barriers you’re experiencing, and how you plan to use virtual care beyond the pandemic. You will also have the opportunity to provide input on the type of supports that would be most helpful to you for integrating virtual care and various digital health tools in your practice (e.g., eReferral, ePrescribing, online booking, etc.).

The survey can be completed by clicking here!

Your feedback will help to shape the future of the digital health landscape in Ontario!

*This study has been reviewed by the Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board (HIREB) under Project 11389. More information is available here.

 

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In collaboration with the Ontario eConsult Centre of Excellence, the eHealth Centre of Excellence is leveraging the Ocean eReferral Network as part of an eConsult/eReferral Proof of Concept (POC). This POC will work to understand how integrating technologies can support clinical workflows, increase efficiencies, enhance patient care, and improve both provider and patient experience.

 

Currently, there are 10 specialists in the fields of Cardiology, Endocrinology, Neurology, Orthopedic Surgery, Paediatric Psychiatry, Sports Medicine, and Urology participating in the POC. Within their Ocean eReferral form, there is language indicating that they may respond back to the referral request with an eConsult if clinically appropriate.

 

eConsult eReferral POC


Click the image above to view a demo of the POC workflow.

 

We’re excited to share that this past month, the POC had its first end-to-end eConsult completed through Ocean eReferral (with the previous 9 eConsults proceeding as an eReferral).

 

Currently, primary care providers can send an eConsult directly to specialists through the OTN Hub. eConsults have been shown to reduce the number of unnecessary referrals, with one primary care provider noting that 8 out of 10 eConsults she conducted to date avoided referrals to specialists.

 

This timely access to experience-based specialist knowledge means patients do not have to wait to be seen in-person by a specialist, enabling them to stay home and reducing their risk of exposure to COVID-19.

 

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