Canadian Healthcare Technology: Technology can help with Canada’s chronic wait times problem

In the Canadian Healthcare Technology November 2020 issue, this article explores Dr. Chris Simpson, Novari Health’s Chief Medical Information Officer’s experience throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and how this has affected hospital wait times as well as potential solutions to mitigate this problem. Dr. Simpson writes: “‘never waste a good crisis’, the change management experts say.…

Canadian Medical Association: More than $1.3B needed to clear health care backlog caused by first wave of COVID-19: new report commissioned by CMA

  The Canadian Medical Association reports: Returning wait times to pre-pandemic levels for six key procedures will cost at least $1.3B, says a new report commissioned by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) on the backlog caused by COVID-19. “There are no doubts that the impact of the pandemic will be felt for years to come.…

Using Surgical Wait List, eBooking & Prioritization Technology to Help Increase Scheduled (“Elective”) Surgery Capacity During & After COVID-19

  With many parts of the country now in the midst of the forecasted second wave of COVID-19, many hospitals and regional health authorities continue their efforts to maintain and/or ramp up scheduled surgeries and procedures. However, few, if any, have been able to get back up to 100% of usual volumes, let alone even…

An Interview with Chris Simpson: How Some Canadian Hospitals are Tackling Back Logged Surgical Waitlist Times with Innovative Technology

Microsoft Webinar As frontline clinicians and healthcare workers raced around the clock to save lives affected by the pandemic, patients with pre-existing health conditions in queue for critical and scheduled surgeries were also deeply impacted as surgery wait times increased indefinitely, constraining the already stretched resources of healthcare providers across Canada. As a frontline clinician,…

Canadian Healthcare Technology: Ontario virtual care clinic sees demand ‘go through the roof ’

In the Canadian Healthcare Technology October 2020 issue, they discuss the “Ontario-based virtual care service that quickly ramped up in March when COVID-19 cases were peaking is Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN), now part of the new Ontario Health government agency. An early provider of virtual care services, OTN has provided the opportunity for either direct-to-patient…

Canadian Healthcare Technology: SK deploys COVID-19 e-referral and intake system

  REGINA – The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) in partnership with eHealth Saskatchewan has deployed the Novari eReferral & central intake system province-wide for COVID-19 testing and assessment referrals. Working closely together, SHA, eHealth and Novari Health staff quickly configured the Novari technology to facilitate COVID-19 referrals to help ensure that patients with COVID-19 symptoms,…