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Health Systems Research Seminar Series (HSRSS)

Addressing the Unintended Consequences of Health Information Systems

All HSRSS events are free but registration is required. To attend a seminar, please contact:

Karine Renaud
Research Promotion Coordinator
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To find out about our upcoming seminars, see below or check the Research Calendar.

HSRSS Events - 2017

The Cost Effectiveness of Strategies to Prevent and Treat Alcohol Abuse

Greg Zaric, PhD
Professor, Management Science 
Ivey Business School
Western University

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

Alcohol consumption is a costly public health problem, associated with an increased risk of disability and mortality.

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The Role of Analytics in Improving the Efficiency of Cancer Treatment Facilities

Louis-Martin Rousseau, PhD
Professor 
Department of Mathematical and Industrial Engineering
Polytechnique Montreal

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

The main cancer treatment modalities are surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. The complexity of logistics processes surrounding the preparation of schedules for staff who work in cancer treatment centers is the fact that they involve extremely costly resources, sometimes synchronously. 

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Self-tracking Behaviors and Use of Smart Connected Health Technologies in Canada

Guy Paré, PhD
Full Professor of Information Technology Management
Research Chair in Digital Health
HEC Montreal

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Desmarais Building
DMS 4165

This study is a nationwide survey on self-tracking behaviors and the use of mobile health apps and smart connected devices. 

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Decision Support for Multi Morbidities

Mor Peleg, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Information Systems

University of Haifa

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

Realizing the proven capabilities of computers in better processing of complex knowledge and data, medicine is heading toward computer-supported decision making. 

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Telehealth in the Emergency Department:  Applications, Utilization, and Effects

Marcia Ward, PhD

Professor, Health Management and Policy
College of Public Health
The University of Iowa

Friday, March 24, 2017
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

Telehealth is defined as the use of telecommunication and information technologies to provide health care services at a distance. 

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Integrating Physicians into Senior Co-Management Roles : Four Case Studies

Emilie Gibeau, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow 
Telfer School of Management

Friday, March 17, 2017
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Desmarais Building
DMS 4165

Healthcare organizations are characterized by tensions emanating from multiple and sometimes divergent objectives and interests, different power and influence bases, as well as distributed knowledge required for decision making. 

 

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Virtual visits: Friend or foe of patient-centred care?

Kimberlyn McGrail, PhD

Faculty, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research
Scientific Director, Population Data BC
Associate Professor, UBC School of Population and Public Health

Friday, February 3, 2017
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Desmarais Building
DMS 4165

Virtual (video) visits are a new form of primary care that is increasingly available in parts of  Canada. 

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Here, There & Everywhere: Musing on Interprofessional Education

John Gilbert, PhD

Professor Emeritus 
University of British Columbia

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

In this presentation I shall share some thoughts on impediments to, and facilitators for, interprofessional education for collaborative patient centred practice. 

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Using Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for Population Health

David Buckeridge, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
McGill University

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

Most would agree that we can do a better job of monitoring and managing population health. At the same time the rise of big data and the resurgence of AI are seen by many to offer great potential for population health. 

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HSRSS Events - 2016

Transcending the “Paradigm Freeze”: A Research Program on Health Reforms in Canada

Jean-Louis Denis, PhD

Full Professor 
École nationale d'administration publique (ÉNAP)

Thursday, November 17, 2016
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

Reforms of healthcare systems are on the political agendas of all OECD countries and include a wide range of policies aiming at improving healthcare delivery systems, optimizing the use of resources, and advancing population health.  

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The Issue of Precarity – The Role of Temporary Migrant Professionals in Australia 2008-09 to 2014-15

Lesleyanne Hawthorne, PhD

Professor (International Workforce)
University of Melbourne

Thursday, October 6, 2016
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

While OECD countries (such as Australia, Canada and New Zealand) have prioritised and championed the merits of permanent skilled migration, the past decade has coincided with rapid deregulation of temporary labour migration flows. 

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Long-term Consequences of Maternal Obesity: Epidemiological Studies Based on the Danish National Birth Cohort

Antoine Legrain, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Ottawa

Friday, September 23, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

Radiotherapy centers can improve their efficiency by optimizing the utilization of the linear accelerators. We propose an online method to schedule patients on such machines taking into account their priority, the maximum waiting time, and the preparation of this treatment (dosimetry). 

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Ellen Aagaard Nohr, Ph.D.

Professor 
Midwifery Sciences
University of Southern Denmark
Odense University Hospital

Thursday, May 26, 2016
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

Globally, the number of women who are obese when they conceive has reached epidemic proportions and is expected to increase further in the future. In relation to childbearing, many women develop obesity, but long-term weight changes after pregnancy are poorly described and understood. 

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Addressing the Unintended Consequences of Health Information Systems

Joan Ash, Ph.D.

Professor and Vice Chair
School of Medecine
Oregon Health and Science University

Friday, April 22, 2016
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

This presentation will cover the unintended consequences of health information systems (HIS) in general, the patient safety risks of HIS, and how to prevent or mitigate these unintended consequences and minimize safety risks. 

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Health Information Technology in the Patient-clinician Encounter: from Research to Educational Interventions

Aviv Shachack, PhD

Associate Professor
Dalla Lana School of Public Health
University of Toronto

Friday, March 18, 2016
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

The potential and actual benefits of health information technology (HIT) have been widely discussed. However, unintended negative consequences have also been reported. 

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Are Online Communities Good for our Health? State of the Evidence and Future Directions

Jackie Bender, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Dalla Lana School of Public Health
University of Toronto

Friday, March 4, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Simard Hall
SMD 125

Health related online communities are social networks people use on the Internet to share health experiences, and to give and get support. They may be discussion forums, blogs, and social media like Facebook and Twitter.

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The Canadian Space Agency Autonomous Medicine Program: Bio-medical Informatics; Systems Engineering; Ontologies and other things you didn’t know about eMRs

John B. Hughes, M.D., C.M.

Assistant Professor
McGill University
Faculty of Medecine

Friday, February 12, 2016
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

The autonomous medicine program of the Canadian Space Agency and its Advanced Crew Medical System (ACMS) concept presents the opportunity to trigger a technological leap frog for the entire healthcare “system”.  

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A Digital Health Eco-System for Chronic Healthcare: Providing Evidence-Informed Decision Support Services to Primary Care Physicians and Patients to Manage Atrial Fibrillation

Syed Sibte Raza Abidi, Ph.D.

Professor of Computer Science
Director of Health Informatics, Dalhousie University

Friday, February 5, 2016
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common abnormality of cardiac rhythm.  

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HSRSS Events - 2015

 

Text Analytics for Medical Informatics: Selected Examples of Practical Applications

Berry de Bruijn, PhD

Research Officer, Text Analytics
National Research Council, ICT portfolio

Friday, November 6, 2015
10:00 to 12:00
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

In this presentation, Berry de Bruijn will explore general trends and particularities of biomedical language processing. 

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Measuring Pathology Workflow and Workload

Fawaz Halwani, MD, Ph.D.
Pathologist
The Ottawa Hospital

Friday, May 8, 2015
13:00 to 15:00
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

Pathologists make the diagnosis of 70% of all diseases and 95% of all cancers. The profession is part science, part art and part manual labor.

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What Can Be Learned from the US Health Reform? A Canadian Vision

Pierre-Gerlier Forest, Ph.D.
Professor
Director, Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP)
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
10:00 to 12:00
Desmarais Building
DMS 4170

The Accountable Care Act of 2010 has not only contributed to provide access to health care to millions of previously uninsured Americans and improved the insurance coverage of millions more. It has also transformed the US health system into an open laboratory for health policy.

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Networked Health – A Case Study

Dr. Ewan Affleck, M.D.
Medical Director Family Medicine - Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authorities (YHSSA), and
Clinical Director of Family Medicine - Stanton Territorial Hospital

Friday, February 6, 2015
13:00 to 15:00
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

Swept along by the Information Revolution, the health care industry has embraced digital technology, with credible studies proclaiming that e-health would marshal widespread improvements in cost effective quality health care. Yet in the face of these bold predictions the value proposition of e-health has been curiously elusive.

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Technologies That Support Patient Engagement

Dr. Trent Rosenbloom, M.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical Informatics
Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville TN)

Friday, January 30, 2015
10:00 to 12:00
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

The number of technologies that allow patients to access, gather, curate and share their health-related data is growing at an explosive rate. This presentation will review some of the science and research examining patient engagement and the technologies being developed to support it.

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HSRSS Events - 2014

Optimizing Organizational Structure in Family Practice

Simone Dahrouge, Ph.D.
Director of Research & Scientist
C.T. Lamont Primary Health Care Research Centre - Bruyère Research Institute
Assistant Professor - Department of Family Medicine, University of Ottawa

Friday, December 5, 2014
10:00 to 11:30
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

There is a lot of variability in the way primary care practices are structured in Ontario. Some of these stem from the Health Ministry initiatives, and include options for the practice to select different remuneration models and adopt different team structures.

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Debugging Myths: Curricula and Instruction in Biomedical Informatics

Vimla L Patel, PhD, DSc, FRSC, FACMIH
Senior Research Scientist and Center Director, The New York Academy of Medicine
Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Arizona State University
Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University
Adjunct Professor of Health Policy and Research, Well Cornell Medical College

Friday, October 10, 2014
10:00 to 12:00
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

Education and training in the health sciences have not always kept up with the latest developments in instructional and learning theories. Introduction of new evidence from these theories has been hampered by a number of myths surrounding learning and training.

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Information and Knowledge Management in Clinical Medicine: Decision Support Systems and Their Evolution

Edward H. Shortliffe, MD, PhD, MACP, FACMI
Professor and Senior Advisor, College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University
Adjunct Professor, Columbia and Cornell Universities

Thursday, October 9, 2014
17:00 to 18:00
The Ottawa Hospital (501 Smyth Rd., Ottawa)
General Campus - Main Building
Auditorium (2nd Floor)

Few fields are as dependent on the acquisition, management, and use of information and specialized knowledge as is medicine. The scientific field that has addressed challenges in this area is known as biomedical informatics, and its broad interdisciplinary nature makes it unusual among the biomedical sciences.

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Coordination of the Influenza Vaccine Supply Chain in the Presence of Costly Effort to Increase Population Participation

Greg Zaric, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair in Health Care Management Science
J. Allyn Taylor & Arthur Mingay Chair in Management Science
Richard Ivey School of Business
Western University

Friday, September 26, 2014
10:00 to 12:00
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

In this paper we develop a model of the influenza vaccination supply chain. We model three parties: a government health authority, a vaccine manufacturer, and the general population.

 

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CHEOworks: Adopting a Lean Management System to Engage Health Care Providers and Achieve Continuous Quality Improvement

Ken Farion, MD
Medical Director and Chief - Pediatric Emergency Medicine, CHEO
Medical Director - Quality and Systems Improvement, CHEO
Associate Professor - Department of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, University of Ottawa


Friday, May 9, 2014
10:00 to 12:00
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

Lean methods and philosophies have been adopted by health care as a way to fix a broken system and solve the value proposition equation. Many health care organizations have jumped on board to fix specific areas by using Lean in ‘project mode’: hire a consultant to come in, identify key value streams, (re) engineer processes, and celebrate the radical improvements that can be achieved.

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Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries: Examining Health Information Technologies, Collaboration, and Workflows in Hospitals

Madhu C. Reddy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST)
The Pennsylvania State University


Friday, April 25, 2014
10:00 to 12:00
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

Health information technology (HIT) is often viewed as the “silver bullet” that will solve many problems including lowering costs, reducing medical errors, and improving patient care. For instance, technologies such as the electronic medical record and computerized patient order entry system are now considered vital to a hospital’s success.

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Be Careful What You Wish For: The Perils and Pitfalls of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

Mark Boddy, Ph.D.
Co-owner and Chief Scientist
Adventium Labs (Minneapolis, MN)


Friday, March 7, 2014
10:00 to 12:00
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

The application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques to medical practice and the delivery of healthcare has been an active area of research and development almost from the founding of the field, more than 50 years ago. From the beginning, these applications have posed problems.

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The PopHR -- Using Informatics to Calculate and Interpret Indicators of Chronic Disease

David L. Buckeridge, MD PhD FRCPC
Canada Research Chair in Public Health Informatics
Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Occupational Health
McGill University


Friday, January 24, 2014
10:00 to 12:00
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

The ability to monitor population health determinants and outcomes is critical for a wide range of public health and health system purposes. Traditionally, public health agencies have focussed on monitoring infections diseases, but there is a growing demand for timely information about the determinants and outcomes of chronic diseases.

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HSRSS Events - 2013

What Are the Implications of the Lack of a Dedicated Health Workforce Agency in Canada?

Ivy Lynn Bourgeault, Ph.D.
Full Professor
Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Ottawa


Wednesday, December 11, 2013
10:00 to 12:00
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

Because the majority of health care costs go towards paying the salaries, wages, or fees of health workers, most of the policy issues we face in the health care system implicate or are directly about the health workforce. It is surprising, therefore, that we do not have a dedicated health workforce agency in Canada as do other countries like the U.K., the U.S. and Australia.

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Evolutionary Feature Synthesis for Clinical Decision Support Based on Medical Imaging

Krzysztof Krawiec, Ph.D.
Fulbright Visiting Scholar
Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Associate Professor at the Poznan University of Technology (Poland)


Friday, December 6, 2013
10:00 to 12:00
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

The talk will focus on two case studies in medical imaging: decision support for diagnosing of neuroepithelial tumours and computer aided detector for stage 1 breast cancer. These applications involve a number of challenges that need to be resolved from the perspective of computational intelligence.

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Implementing Dual Leadership Structures in Health Care Organizations

Ann Langley, Ph.D.
Canada Research Chair in Strategic Management in Pluralistic Settings
Professor, Department of Management
HEC Montreal


Friday, November 22, 2013
10:00 to 12:00
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

This talk will present some preliminary findings from an ongoing study of the processes and issues raised by the implementation of co-management clinical governance structures in health care organizations.

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Industrial Revolution and Healthcare

Dale Potter
Senior Vice-President of Strategy and Transformation
The Ottawa Hospital


Friday, October 25, 2013
10:00 to 12:00
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

This seminar is focused on the evolution of other industries and approaches taken with a correlation to the challenges in Healthcare.

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Making Decisions in the Face of Uncertainty: Decision Making for High Acuity Patients in the Emergency Department

Lisa Calder, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Associate Scientist, Clinical Epidemiology - Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Emergency Physician - The Ottawa Hospital
Assistant Professor - Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Ottawa


Thursday, September 26, 2013
14:00 to 16:00
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

A systems approach to patient safety represents a re-framing of how we typically approach problems in health care. It is aligned with the approaches used in the aviation industry and human factors engineering. Part of examining the systems of health care includes studying a critical component to patient safety.

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Lean Health: Methods and Tools

Bohdan W. Oppenheim, Ph.D.
Professor of System Engineering
Seaver College of Science and Engineering
Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles)


Friday, March 8, 2013
10:00 to 12:00
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

The imperatives driving healthcare improvement include the need for safer and more efficient healthcare delivery. Achieving these imperatives will require new approaches for designing healthcare services.

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Primary Care: How Are We Doing and How Can We Improve?

Dr William E. Hogg, Hon. B.Sc., M.Sc., M.Cl.Sc., M.D.C.M., C.C.F.P., F.C.F.P.
Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Ottawa
Senior Research Advisor, C.T. Lamont Primary Health Care Research Centre
Élisabeth-Bruyère Research Institute


Friday, February 15, 2013
10:00 to 12:00
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

This seminar will feature an interactive first half where we situate primary care in the context of the broader health care system and examine the Canadian performance of this sector relative to other countries. In the second half, Dr Hogg will present his program of research to assist community practices to adopt best practices and improve the care they provide to patients.

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HSRSS Events - 2012

Trauma Signature Analysis: Guidance for Disaster Behavioral Health Response

James M. Shultz, MS, Ph.D.
Director - Center for Disaster & Extreme Event Preparedness (DEEP Center)
Associate Professor at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health
Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami


Tuesday, November 27, 2012
14:00 to 16:00
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

Each disaster leaves an imprint on the affected population, a singular signature. A critical unmet need in the field of disaster behavioral health (DBH) is the capability to tailor mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) to the unique constellation of psychological risk factors operating within each disaster event.

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Deviations from Standards in Complex Health Care Environment: Errors or Innovations? (V. Patel)

Biomedical Informatics: Assessing its Evolving Role as both Science and Application (E. Shortliffe)

Vimla L. Patel, Ph.D., DSc, FRSC
Senior Research Scientist
Director, Center for Cognitive Studies in Medicine and Public Health
The New York Academy of Medicine


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Edward H. Shortliffe, Ph.D.
Scholar in Residence, The New York Academy of Medicine
Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Informatics at both Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons and Arizona State University


Friday, November 9, 2012
10:00 to 12:00
Desmarais Building
DMS 4170

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Why Is Smart Technology so Dumb? The Problems with Electronic Health Records for Clinicians and Patients

Ross Koppel, Ph.D.
Professor
Sociology Department and School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania


Friday, October 19, 2012
10:00 to 12:00
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) is praised and promised as the panacea for inefficient and expansive healthcare. The supporting data, however, are equivocal. Evaluation studies conducted by those developing and implementing the systems tend to be positive.

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Accessing Patient Data for Health System Use

Khaled El Emam, Ph.D.
Canada Research Chair in Electronic Health Information
Professor at the Faculty of Medicine and
the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University of Ottawa


Friday, September 21, 2012
10:00 to 12:00
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170

Health system use of data is defined as the use of health data for secondary purposes, such as clinical program management, health system management, population health surveillance, and research.

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Implementing Electronic Health Records in Canada

Mr. John Burns
Senior Vice-President, Investment Projects
Canada Health Infoway


Friday, May 4, 2012

Canada Health Infoway is a not-for-profit organization that was created in a collaborative effort by the federal, provincial and territorial governments in 2001 to accelerate the development and adoption of Electronic Health Records in Canada.

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Improving Problem List Accuracy Using Clinical Decision Support: A Randomized Trial

Adam Wright, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital


Friday, April 13, 2012

Accurate clinical problems lists are important for healthcare quality. In addition to their direct use in patient care, they are also essential for clinical decision support, research, quality measurement, care management, payment adjustment, clinical communication and a variety of other purposes, and substantial evidence exists that patients with accurate problem lists receive higher quality care and have better outcomes than patients with incomplete problem lists.

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Health IT and Patient Safety: Current Status and Future Directions

Vimla L. Patel, Ph.D., DSc, FRSC
Senior Research Scientist
Director, Center for Cognitive Studies in Medicine and Public Health
The New York Academy of Medicine


Friday, March 23, 2012

Health information technology (IT) is designed to help improve the performance of health professionals, to reduce costs, and to enhance patient safety. If implemented appropriately, health IT can help to improve health care providers' performance, to provide better communication between patients and providers, and to enhance patient safety, which ultimately may lead to better care.

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Canada: A Health System in Transition?

Gregory P. Marchildon, Ph.D.
Professor
CRC Tier 1 - Public Policy and Business History
Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
University of Regina


Friday, February 10, 2012

In his lecture, Greg Marchildon will dig beneath the current polarized rhetoric to determine whether there have been real changes in the direction and performance in the Canadian health system during the past decade.

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An Infrastructure for Real-Time Population Health Assessment and Monitoring

David Buckeridge, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
CRC Tier 2 - Clinical and Health Informatics Research
Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health
McGill University


Friday, January 20, 2012

The fragmented nature of population health information is a barrier to public health practice. Despite repeated demands by policy makers, administrators, and practitioners to develop information systems that provide a coherent view of population health status, there has been limited progress.

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HSRSS Events - 2011

Optimization of Scheduling for Appointment Based Healthcare Delivery Systems

Brian Denton, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering
North Carolina State University


Friday, December 2, 2011

In this talk I will discuss optimization models for scheduling surgeries at outpatient clinics and hospitals. I will discuss three related problems.

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Changing the Canadian Healthcare System, One Social Determinant of Health at a Time

The Honourable Monique Bégin, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Telfer School of Management
University of Ottawa


Friday, November 11, 2011

In the past three decades, many voices and many events pointed to the need of reforming our Canadian healthcare system.

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Healthy Comparisons: Health Care in Canada and in the US

Dr. Antonia Maioni, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science, and
Institute for Health and Social Policy
McGill University


Friday, October 28, 2011

Canada and the US are both facing important challenges in health care reform. How do the two systems compare in terms of the organization and financing of health care?

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Analytical Approaches for the Design and Operation of Stroke Units

Dr. Vedat Verter, Ph.D.
Professor of Operations Management
Desautels Faculty of Management
McGill University


Friday, September 23, 2011

In the context of providing acute in-hospital care for stroke patients, I will discuss the impact of inadequate capacity on patient outcomes, and the opportunities for improving these outcomes through identifying appropriate capacity levels as well as patient admission and bed allocation policies.

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Designing Usable Healthcare Information Systems and Applications

Dr. Andre Kushniruk, Ph.D.
Professor
School of Health Information Science
University of Victoria (British Columbia)


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Dr. Kushniruk will describe an approach to conducting low-cost rapid usability testing of health information systems within local organizations and settings (e.g. “in-situ” in hospitals, physician offices, in patient’s homes, etc.) as well as the methods which have been developed, refined and applied in the usability analysis of a range of complex healthcare information systems.

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A Markov Chain Model for an EMS System with Repositioning

Dr. Armann Ingolfsson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Operations Management
Academic Director of the Centre for Excellence in Operations
University of Alberta School of Business


Friday, March 11, 2011

We propose and analyze a two-dimensional Markov chain model of an Emergency Medical Services system that repositions ambulances using a compliance table policy, which is commonly used in practice.

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Getting it Right in Remote Canada: Using Health Administrative Data in the Circumpolar North

Dr. Paul Peters, Ph.D.
Technical Specialist
Health Analysis Division
Statistics Canada


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Providing reliable information about remote populations requires reliable data and validated methods of analysis. For much of Canada’s circumpolar north, detailed population information has not been available for researchers and policy makers until recently.

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HSRSS Events - 2010

Managing Innovation and Change in Primary Health Care: The Case of Alberta Primary Care Networks

Trish Reay, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Strategic Management and Organization
University of Alberta School of Business


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Alberta is restructuring significant portions of primary health care through the creation of Primary Care Networks (PCNs). These PCNs bring family physicians together with other health professionals in collaborative practice.

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Student Engagement and Second Order (Synthetic) Science

Scott Findlay, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Biology
Faculty of Science
University of Ottawa


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The synthesis and distillation of science is critical for evidence informed decision-making over a very broad decision landscape, ranging from evidence-informed policy and regulation to strategic investment by the public or private sector in science.

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Health Systems Transformation and Research in Malaysia

Haniza Anuar, Ph.D.
Head of Healthcare Services Research
Institute of Health Systems Research (Malaysia)


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

As with most countries, Malaysia is undergoing health systems transformation in order to better provide care to its citizens.

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Accreditation Canada and the Accreditation Process: Overview, Challenges and Research Implications

Wendy Nicklin, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Canada


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

During this seminar, Wendy Nicklin will provide background regarding Accreditation Canada as an organization, outline research conducted to date regarding accreditation and its impact, discuss the accreditation process and components of the program.

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Healthcare Engineering: Quantitative Decision Support for Healthcare Industry

Michael Carter, Ph.D.
Centre for Research in Healthcare Engineering
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
University of Toronto


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Healthcare is the number one industry in North America; bigger than automotive, telecommunications or steel. Estimated total spending in 2009 was $183 billion ($5,452 per person) or 10% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

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Complexity and Error in Medical Practice

Vimla L. Patel, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Cognitive Informatics and Decision Making
Professor, School of Health Information Sciences
University of Texas - Houston


Friday, April 23, 2010

The complex nature of decision-making in healthcare has been proposed as a primary barrier to the implementation of effective safety measures.

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Clinical Decision Support: Why is It So Hard?

Dean F. Sittig, Ph.D.
School of Health Information Sciences
The University of Texas


Wednesday, March 31, 2010

There is a pressing need for high-quality, effective means of designing, developing, implementing, evaluating, and maintaining all types of clinical decision support capabilities within state of the art clinical information systems.

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Electronic Clinical Decision Support: The Holy Grail or Wholly Gruel?

Dr. Michael J. Bullard, MD, CCFP(EM), ABEM, FRCPC
Professor and Director of Emergency Medicine Informatics
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Alberta


Friday, March 12, 2010

Medical Informatics has offered the promise of improved delivery of health care for several decades but to date the usability of clinical applications has been moderate at best; ...

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Designing Optimal Therapy for Prevention of Stroke from Atrial Fibrillation

Vedat Verter, Ph.D.
Desautels Faculty of Management
McGill University


Friday, February 12, 2010

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is particularly common among the elderly and it is one of the major independent risk factors of stroke.

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Sustainable Decisions and Health Care?

Bertrand Mareschal, Ph.D.
Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management
Université Libre de Bruxelles


Thursday, January 21, 2010

The talk presents decision aid approaches to decision or evaluation problems in health care as a way of achieving better and possibly more ethical decisions.

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HSRSS Events - 2009

Improving Medical Treatment Decisions for Type 2 Diabetes

Brian Denton, Ph.D.
Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering
North Carolina State University


November 26, 2009

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are more than 20 million children and adults in the United States (approximately 7% of the population) who have diabetes.

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Improving Quality of Healthcare: Is Data Access the Golden Bullet?

Dr. Alan Forster, Ph.D.
Faculty of Medicine
University of Ottawa


October 16, 2009

Improved healthcare quality is an important, but often poorly attained, goal for our publicly funded health system. One explanation for our inability to address quality problems adequately is a limited access to information describing health care processes and outcomes.

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The Optimal Time to Initiate HIV Therapy: Markov Decision Process and Simulation-Based Approaches

Steven Shechter, Ph.D.
Sauder School of Business
University of British Columbia


May 2009

The question of when to initiate HIV therapy is one of the most important and debated issues in HIV care. Treatment guidelines have evolved in the past 15 years from suggesting immediate initiation to a strategy of delayed therapy.

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Addressing Emergency Department Overcrowding: Evaluation of a System-Wide Strategy in the Capital Region of Alberta

Dr. Brian H. Rowe, Ph.D.
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Alberta


April 21, 2009

The Canadian health care system relies on Emergency Departments (EDs) to provide timely and evidence-based care to acutely ill and injured patients. A situation where patient needs overwhelm the resources available to provide such care is referred to as ED overcrowding.

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The Cost-Effectiveness of Vancouver's Supervised Injection Facility

Dr. Greg Zaric, Ph.D.
Canada Research Chair in Health Care Management Science
Ivey School of Business, and
Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
University of Western Ontario


April 8, 2009

The cost-effectiveness of Canada's only supervised injection facility has not been rigorously evaluated. We estimated the impact of the facility on survival, rates of HIV and hepatitis C virus infection, referral to methadone maintenance treatment and associated costs.

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