Tag Archives: Infoway

Pragmatic Interoperability

The idea for this article hit me so suddenly I was concerned that I might have uttered the title out loud in the middle of someone else’s presentation! I was attending an ITAC Health workshop on healthcare interoperability and was listening to Trevor Hodge, Executive Vice-President at Canada Health Infoway, introduce Infoway’s clinical interoperability strategy. When Mr. Hodge cited the Alberta NetCare Viewer as a highly successful example of interoperability that met clinicians’ needs, I realized that interoperability could take many forms and that a pragmatic approach may be the most appropriate short-term strategy.

Check out the remainder of this article at Technology for Doctors.


First impressions of Canada Health Infoway’s new CEO

Like many people in the Canadian Digital Health community, I was quite surprised this past June when the board of directors for Canada Health Infoway announced that they had selected Mr. Michael Green as their next President and Chief Executive Officer.

Uncharacteristically, I have had little to say on this appointment and have told anyone who asked that I had not yet formulated an opinion. After contemplating the matter and having had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Green, I am now ready to answer the question that so many readers have posed since the announcement in June: What do I think about Mr. Green’s appointment?

Read the rest of the article at Technology for Doctors.


A BlackBerry in an iPhone World

On May 28th, 2012 Dr. John Halamka, a physician and highly regarded healthcare IT thought leader, delivered the opening keynote address at the annual Canadian eHealth conference held this year in Vancouver, BC. Dr. Halamaka demonstrated how health IT is transforming the hospital in which he works and offered practical advice on how Canadian healthcare organizations and professionals can realize similar benefits. Fail to innovate, he warned, and “you risk becoming a BlackBerry in an iPhone world.”

Check out the rest of my article in Technology for Doctors



2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 25,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

eHealth Lonely Hearts Club Band – C-H-I!

Sung to the tune from the theme song for the television show “Rawhide”

Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’ … (x4) … C-H-I! (do, do, do;
do, do, do)

Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’, get those projects goin’
Keep that money flowin’, C-H-I
Outcomes really matter, and Richard’s in a lather
Wishin’ CMA was on his side
All the things we’re missin’,
standards, doctors, vision
We’re waiting for the answer to arrive


Move ’em on, hit ’em up,
Hit ’em up, move ’em on,
Move ’em on, hit ’em up C-H-I!

Cut ’em out, ride ’em in
Ride ’em in, cut ’em out,
Call ’em out, ride ’em in C-H-I!

Movin’, Movin’, Movin’, though they’re disapprovin’
Jurisdictions groovin’, C-H-I
Don’t try to understand them
tell ‘em the “win” you’ll hand ‘em
Soon we’ll have a system nation-wide
My heart is calculatin’; The vendors will be waitin’
Waitin’ for the money to arrive

eHealth Lonely Hearts Club Band – eHealth Adoption Blues

Sung to the tune of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues”

I see that Blueprint comin’,
rollin’ ‘round the bend,
And I ain’t changed my practice
since I don’t know when
I’m stuck with paper records,
and time keeps draggin’ on.
But the Blueprint keeps a-rollin’,
on out to everyone.

When I was just a baby, my momma told me,
“Son, Always be a smart boy, don’t trust those
guys named “RON”  But then Infoway gave a
briefing, I really saw the light
This architecture’s brilliant
and Ron was oh, so right!

I bet there’s rich folk buyin’ … a fancy EHR.
They’re prob’ly goin mobile, and thinkn’ PHR,
We’ve got to keep it movin’, I know it has to be,
So when I’m old and needy,
eHealth will take care of me.

So free me from my bias,
and let eHealth save the day
And let’s all join the movement,
there is no better way
A fully coded record, that’s where I want to be
And let’s thank Ron for helping,
take my blues away from me!!

eHealth Lonely Hearts Club Band – Theme Song

Sung to the tune of the Beatle’s “Sargent Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”

We’re the eHealth Lonely Hearts Club Band
We care about our health care state
Our journey takes us clear across the land
To find the tools to make it great

We’re the eHealth leaders
Just ask the Twitter tweeters
More than geeks and keeners

We’re the eHealth Lonely Hearts Club Band
We’re trying to build the E-H-R…
So join us on our quest, we need a hand
To get adoption near and far
Come and join our “health” club
Not to get a back rub
Join the eHealth Lonely Hearts … Club … Band