Coming Soon: Digital Health Canada Resource Guide

As a guide to the health informatics body of knowledge and the Canadian digital health ecosystem, the CPHIMS-CA Canadian Health Informatics Review and Reference Guide (Review Guide’) has served us well over the last eight years. While the Review Guide is a comprehensive overview of the traditional and emerging challenges and opportunities facing today’s digital health professionals, the rapid evolution of the digital health industry meant it was time for an update. Starting in 2017, a dedicated team of Digital Health Canada volunteer experts assessed the Review Guide’s strengths and weaknesses and, based on input from users, suggested areas for added content.

Included here are some excerpts as well as a list of sections and sub-sections from the updated publication, Resource Guide to Digital Health in Canada, scheduled for release in early 2019.

“It has been stated that “healthcare is rich in data, but poor in information.” Although significant attention and time are dedicated towards collecting raw data (e.g., patient number, patient weight, or a pharmaceutical product code) as part of the continual diagnostic and care delivery process, less effort is spent transforming that data into meaningful information that could address key policy and program issues, inform research and generate evidence for decision making.”

  • Business Intelligence, including: Defining Business Intelligence; Benefits and Significance; Implementing Business Intelligence in Healthcare; Examples of BI in Healthcare; Challenges and Limitations; Future of Business Intelligence
  • Health Analytics, including: Data, Information, Knowledge and Wisdom; Health Analytical and Evaluation Techniques; Sources and Types of Health Information; Assessing the Quality of Evidence; Creating Meaningful Information; Analytics and Big Data in Healthcare

“Healthcare is one of the most information-intensive industries in the economy and depends on the use of accurate and comprehensive clinical information to deliver effective care. Health informatics aims to facilitate access to such pertinent clinical information and improve the quality of the data, which will in turn improve the outcome of patient care.”

  • The Canadian Health System, including: Legislative Foundations of Canadian Healthcare; Federal Provincial Territorial (FPT) Shared Health Priorities; Health Authorities; Healthcare Expenditures; Other National Health Care Organizations; Factors Affecting Health Status; Health Care Priorities; Role of Health Information Technology
  • Clinical Health Services, including: The Healthcare Environment; Care Models; Continuity of Care; Clinical Transformation; Clinical Documentation; Synoptic Reporting; Consumer Participation in Health Informatics; Clinical and Health Services Issues; Trends in Clinical Practice

“Whatever the background of a health informatics professional (HIP), in order to practice safely it is expected that he or she will have a good conceptual understanding of the way in which information technology (IT) supports digital health.”

  • Technology Ecosystem, including: Health Technology Components; Mobile Devices; Trends and Issues; IT Best Practices
  • Information Management, including: Information as a key strategic resource; Information governance; Data sources and interrelationships; Information management best practices; Information management roles
  • Privacy and Security, including: Privacy; Security; Personal Health Information; CSA Model Code; Canadian Privacy Legislation; Consent; Emerging Technologies; Privacy Risk Management Tools and Standards
  • Standards, including: Health Information Standards; Standards Governance; Standards Decision Points; Standards Categorization; Terminology; Classifications; Standards to Support EHR Interoperability in Canada; Conformance Profiles, Testing and Certification; Interoperability Challenges
  • EHR Vision, including: eHealth Architecture: Frameworks and Concepts; EHR Solution: The Canadian Vision; Implementing Canada’s EHR Vision: Special Considerations; Future Trends and Issues; EHR and Social Determinants of Health; EHR Adoption and Benefits Realization; Consumer Access to EHR for their Longitudinal Information; Cloud Computing

“Digital Health leaders are constantly challenged by finding ways to contain costs and improve time to value of investments. Hospital administrations are tasked with the challenge of having to create a budget that provides support for hospital staff while also providing the level of care that patients need. The budget also has to adhere to restrictions from the government and other sources of funding, changing technology and increasing health care costs, coupled with government budget restrictions. Innovation is a way to address these challenges but can often be a challenge in itself.”

  • Innovation, including: Defining Innovation; Individuals & Innovation; Managing Innovation; Innovation Standards & Governance; Innovation Consideration

The new Resource Guide to Digital Health in Canada brings together information that is applicable on a national scale; content updates are targeted to professionals working across a wide range of sectors with broad skills and deep domain expertise requirements. Experts from across Canada — including Digital Health Canada Faculty members and dedicated teams from some of our leading member organizations — updated and/or produced content for each of the key topics listed here.

Contact for more information about the new Resource Guide to Digital Health in Canada