Survey: Health Care Professionals' Top Priority for EHR: Improve Healthcare Efficiency and Delivery
August 03, 2007

Toronto, August 3, 2007 -- The single greatest priority for Canadian healthcare professionals concerning the rising use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) is the issue of how eHealth initiatives can be used to improve health care delivery and efficiency, according to the results of a new survey conducted for an upcoming webinar. The use of EHRs to improve medical management and efficiency is the second-highest priority, followed by the issues of privacy, and the provision of adequate training for EHR implementation.

"What the healthcare professionals are most concerned about is how to use the new capabilities to enhance the lives of Canadians," said Dawn Van Dam, President of Health Connexions and Board member of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance. "The challenge is to identify how to engage patients in this process, as well, to ensure enhanced comprehensive care."

"Their next most-pressing issues are to ensure that the management changes are in place to deliver on the promise of eHealth, including providing security for records, and training for staff. When these steps are solid, their next priority is to help physicians integrate EHRs into their practice management."

Almost 200 respondents answered the online survey, which was created to provide insight for experts who are participating in a Webinar called "Health Care From the Grass Roots Up". Half of the respondents who picked "Improve health care delivery and efficiency" listed it as their priority interest.

The Webinar uses advanced Canadian technology from Cyglera to create a collaborative environment where the Webinar experts can respond to the Internet-based audience. The Webinar is for healthcare professionals, and features Panelists:

  • MODERATOR: Trevor Hodge, Senior VP, Canada Health Infoway
  • Ron Dunn Vice President, McKesson Information Solutions Canada
  • Glen Kearns VP, Clinical Programs, London Health Sciences Centre
  • Judith Shamian President and CEO, Victorian Order of Nurses
  • Lydia Lee Executive Director, University Health Network

"Electronic Health Records, the issue of who controls them, and the patients' utilization of their EHR information, are at the core of a huge change in the management of Canadian health care," said Ms. Van Dam. "Canada's progressing in EHR implementation is of concern to more than the professionals; making health records available to whoever needs to use them could save billions each year".

The webinar event is being held:

Tuesday, August 14th, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. EST
Online registration is needed before the webinar, and there is a fee of $79.00.
Register online

The topic of EHRs, and in particular, Personal Health Records (PHRs), is gripping the health care profession; however, people are also interested in participating in future webinars concerning:

  • How electronic health records can help health care providers reduce costs and save time
  • How electronic health records help health care providers improve patient care
  • How we ensure compatibility of EHR systems to achieve integration
  • How we ensure continuity of care with the implementation of EHR systems
  • How we ensure that EHR systems respect personal privacy and the confidentiality of health information
  • How to integrate EHRs into health care practice, and how they change practice delivery

The survey respondents were primarily from Hospitals, secondarily from Physician Practices and Health Care Businesses. They defined their roles as senior executives (24.4%), management (27.6%) and physicians (16.3%). The survey is still open, and can be accessed at:http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=Y8FdBrWCyTvWiOGG_2fGGZ0w_3d_3d

An electronic health record (EHR) is a secure and private lifetime record of an individual's health and care history, available electronically to authorized health providers. It facilitates the sharing of data - across the continuum of care, across healthcare delivery organizations and across geographies. The PHR takes this one step further, by allowing patients to interact with, and manage portions of, their own health data.

The webinar is being presented through Common Pulse, as a collaborative undertaking of Health Connexions, Cyglera and CATAAlliance.

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About Health Connexions
Health Connexions is a health care service aggregation company with expertise in bringing new solutions and partners to the health care industry. Our goal is to improve health care delivery, and broaden access to that care for more people, in both the public and private health care sectors. Our forte is that we specialize in strategic planning and market research, as well as the tactical implementation of health care solutions like continuing medical education programs, patient compliance programs and physician practice audit & patient registries.

About Cyglera
CYGLERA develops and implements healthcare technology solutions that enhance clinical and financial outcomes. CYGLERA is comprised of medical professionals, senior programmers and IT Staff whose core company strategy is encompassed by the term COLLABORATION. CYGLERA provides innovative IT systems, software and physician practice support which enhances their practice. CYGLERA represents the "Next Generation" of innovative healthcare information technology as best practice based medical information tools. CYGLERA's focus is to increase practice efficiency, lower cost, and most importantly increases the level of care to the patient. Cyglera Health Systems is more than just your source for the best technology in the healthcare industry. We bring an unparalleled depth of Health Care and IT experience with an exclusive focus on healthcare, combined with strong relationships with the industry's leading-edge IT suppliers.

About CATAAlliance
Advancing The Business of Technology

The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance) is the biggest business development association for producers and users of advanced technology. The only organization representing all sectors of the economy, CATA's umbrella of special-interest, municipal, provincial and allied organizations directly reaches 20,000 technology executives and an additional 22,000 technology users. Dedicated to making Canadian organizations world-class makers and adopters of technology, CATA creates strategic partnerships, strengthens communities and networks, and promotes supportive public policy. For more than a quarter of a century CATA has been stimulating growth, driving commercialization and growing the advanced technology export industry for the Canadian economy. More information about CATA can be found onthe CATA Web site: www.cata.ca