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…

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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,…

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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…

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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,…

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Saskatchewan Deploys COVID-19 Novari eReferral & Central Intake System

  Saskatchewan Deploys COVID-19 Novari eReferral & Central Intake System   KINGSTON ON & REGINA SK, August 10, 2020 – 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…

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Novari Health Wins Microsoft’s 2020 Crisis Champion IMPACT Award for Ontario Wide Virtual Care Clinic to Support the COVID-19 Response

  KINGSTON, July 25, 2020: The Microsoft Crisis Champion IMPACT award recognizes the Microsoft partner who has had a significant impact on people, businesses, and/or communities in Canada, with quick response, innovative solutions, and empathy toward those affected by the coronavirus. On Tuesday, July 22, 2020, it was announced virtually at the annual Microsoft Inspire…

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CBC News: How Surgical Smoothing Could Help Ease the Medical Backlog Created by COVID-19

  In their recent article, CBC news reporter Colin Butler details the fact that surgical smoothing could help to eliminate conflict and adds granularity to medical decision-making: Cancelled surgeries have an estimated backlog of 100,000 elective procedures that have been delayed because of the pandemic – procedures that range from cataract removals to knee replacements, cardiac procedures and transplants – all medically necessary…

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Ontario Health: A Measured Approach to Planning for Surgeries and Procedures During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Matthew Anderson, President and CEO, Ontario Health has released on May 7, 2020, an updated Measured Approach to Planning for Surgeries and Procedures During the COVID-19 Pandemic identifying recommendations for reintroducing scheduled surgical and procedural work, as well as the basis on which to prioritize this work. The recommendations provided in this document have since…

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Virtual Care for Patients

In collaboration with patients and their families, the Canadian Medical Association, the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada have created this guide to help patients prepare for “virtual visits” with their doctor. It focuses on video visits, although it is also possible to receive virtual…

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Ontario Health: Optimizing Elective Surgery: Virtual Care Supports in the COVID-19 Context

Ontario Health recently published an insightful infographic on Optimizing Elective Surgery: Virtual Care Supports in the COVID-19 Context. As the health system begins resumption of elective surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic, virtually enabled models of care can help streamline pre and post surgical delivery and processes while  minimizing inperson contact. Virtual and digital tools enable…

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Canadian Journal of Surgery: Surgical wait list management in Canada during a pandemic: many challenges ahead

Surgical wait list management in Canada during a pandemic: many challenges ahead   The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has had a massive impact on waits for elective operations, with tens of thousands of scheduled surgeries being cancelled or postponed across Canada. Provincial governments will likely not only reopen elective surgical capacity when it is…

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Ontario Health: A Measured Approach to Planning for Surgeries and Procedures During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Ontario Health President and CEO, Matthew Anderson has released A Measured Approach to Planning for Surgeries and Procedures During the COVID-19 Pandemic. In April 2020, Ontario Health convened a group of experts to form the COVID-19 Response: Surgical andProcedural Planning Committee, chaired by Dr. Chris Simpson, to develop recommendations about how scheduled surgeries and procedures…

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Canada Health Infoway’s funding is helping to improve access to care to Ontario citizens leveraging Novari eVisit technology

Canada Health Infoway’s funding is helping to improve access to care to Ontario citizens, leveraging Novari eVisit’s technology. Canada Health Infoway published the announcement below on their website on April 21, 2020 Click here to see the announcement on Canada Health Infoway’s website.     Expanding Access to Virtual Care Services in Ontario Infoway Partners…

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COVID-19 Causing Massive Elective Surgical Backlog – Novari System Helps Manage the Recovery

To improve capacity to provide care for COVID-19 patients, provincial ministries of health and hospitals across the country have taken the unprecedented emergency action of cancelling most elective surgeries. Doing so has freed up hospital beds normally occupied by elective surgical patients following their surgeries. Cancelling elective surgeries is a difficult, but prudent, course of action during a pandemic emergency.  Unfortunately, doing so has created and…

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Virtual Care and COVID-19

Virtual Care and COVID-19

Many healthcare systems around the world are turning to virtual care technology as they implement tools and strategies to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.   Novari has executed an agreement with the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) to provide enhanced virtual care functionality, including “virtual waiting rooms”. As opposed to visiting hospital emergency departments or medical clinics, the…

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COVID-19 RESPONSE

COVID-19 RESPONSE

Novari’s virtual care technology has been quickly called upon to assist in delivering care during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are currently working seven days a week on continuing to provide patients the ability to see a healthcare professional without the need to visit a hospital emergency department or their primary care physician’s office.   Virtual care…

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The North West Region of Ontario modernizes healthcare with the power of Novari Health and the Microsoft Cloud

How often have you found yourself waiting months for a doctor’s appointment or referral? While the healthcare system is full of well intentioned, caring individuals, the system has left many Canadians waiting in long queues to receive the medical care and attention they need. Healthcare administrators and providers in the North West worked with Microsoft…

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Novari Health’s Medical Imaging Requisition Management™ eReferral Solution Live at North York General Hospital

Novari Health’s Medical Imaging Requisition Management™ (MIRM) eReferral solution has gone live at North York General Hospital (NYGH), eliminating the burden of paper-based medical imaging requisitions and streamlining medical imaging workflows.   Like most hospitals, the medical imaging department at NYGH receives many thousands of imaging requisitions from community-based physicians. There is a global movement…

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Mustimuhw Information Solutions and Novari Health make virtual care available to Indigenous communities across Canada

The Cowichan Tribes-owned, Mustimuhw Information Solutions (MIS), is a trusted digital health partner, supplying unique software solutions designed specifically to meet the needs of First Nations Health Centres and Child & Family Service Agencies across Canada. MIS has partnered with Novari Health to offer their First Nations Health Centres and social service agencies Novari’s virtual…

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Novari Health’s eReferral, central intake, and workflow management solution is live at London Health Science Centre and the South West Region of Ontario

Novari Health eRequest™, an eReferral, central intake and workflow management module has gone live at London Health Science Centre and other participating hospitals in the south west region of the province. Implementations of the same Novari Health technology have proven to be impactful in the central west, central, Mississauga Halton, north west, and now the…

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Ontario’s Access to Care Challenges from My Side of the Gurney and Computer – Watch Dr. Chris Simpsons Breakfast with the Chiefs Presentation

Watch Dr. Chris Simpson’s Breakfast with the Chiefs presentation “Ontario’s Access to Care Challenges from My Side of the Gurney and Computer” on LongwoodsTV’s YouTube channel. Dr. Simpson’s presentation focuses on “Ontario’s Access to Care Challenges from My Side of the Gurney and Computer”. By international standards, Canada performs poorly in all areas of access…

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John Sinclair to speak at Ontario Health IT Conference – HIMSS Ontario Chapter

John Sinclair, President at Novari Health and a Certified Professional in Health Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS-CA) will be presenting at the Ontario Health IT Conference in Toronto on Thursday, October 3, 2019. Mr. Sinclair’s presentation focuses on Ontario success stories in virtual care, eReferral, central intake, and wait list management. He will share real…

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Building Real Health Systems in Ontario – Dr. Duncan G. Sinclair

Building Real Health Systems in Ontario Dramatic changes are coming fast as two factors, economic necessity and the digital revolution affect Ontario’s fragmented health and healthcare “system”. Four will predominate: People will demand that real, coordinated systems of care, in which the whole spectrum of health service providers (HSP)[i] are linked together, be established to…

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CIHI Update On Wait Times

CIHI Update on Wait Times The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) has released updated data on wait times for priority procedures in Canada. The data shows that approximately 30% of patients who required a hip or knee replacement or cataract surgery did not have their procedure done within the recommended wait times. Read More

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Novari eReferral Technology Now Helping More Ontario Patients

Novari eReferral Technologies Now Helping More Ontario PatientsTORONTO, Ontario, Canada – December 4, 2018 — Canadian healthcare administrators, clinicians, hospitals and ministries of health are focusing on improving access to care for patients.  Novari Health’s unique access to care software platform is enabling dramatic improvements for Canadians accessing healthcare services and in shortening wait times. Long…

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Still Waiting After All These Years

Still Waiting After All These Years Canadians cherish their healthcare system. It has become part of our national fabric; one of the defining characteristics of our country. We value the principle that our access to health care depends fundamentally on need rather than on the ability to pay. Our national heroes include the founders of…

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Novari Health Recognized as the Winner of the 2018 Microsoft Canada Citizenship and Community IMPACT Award

  KINGSTON, Ontario, Canada – July 23rd, 2018: Novari Health is proud to announce that our team has won the 2018 Microsoft Canada Citizenship and Community IMPACT Award. These annual awards recognize Microsoft partners who demonstrate excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology. Microsoft prides on having the largest partner ecosystem…

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Novari Health – Microsoft IMPACT Award Finalist

KINGSTON, July 10th, 2018: Novari Health has been nominated by Microsoft Canada as one of the 2018 Microsoft IMPACT award finalists. The IMPACT Awards showcase the excellence and innovation within the Microsoft Canadian Partner community. Novari Health has been nominated for the Citizenship and Community Award, this award recognizes partners that have leveraged Microsoft technology…

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Novari Introduces EMR Integration

Having widely deployed our software platform in various healthcare settings, and with our own clinical background, Novari fully appreciates the importance for physicians and office staff in having a seamless experience when using an electronic medical record (EMR) system. The Novari EMR Connect™ functionality facilitates connectivity between any web-based physician office EMR and the various…

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Hamilton Health Sciences Implementing Novari

Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) has commenced an implementation of the Novari Access to Care Platform. HHS is a leading-edge teaching hospital with over 15,000 employees, physicians and volunteers across its six-hospital sites and six specialized healthcare facilities. An experienced implementation team from Novari has begun to work with a multidisciplinary team from HHS towards a…

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John Lott Joins Novari as Vice President

John Sinclair, President of Novari Health is pleased to announce that John Lott has joined the team at Novari as Vice President-Corporate Affairs. John has over 25 years of senior leadership experience in the areas of Performance Management that includes decision support, case costing, benchmarking, patient safety quality risk, and the development and implementation of…

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Novari Health Expands to Australia

Recognizing the similarities between the Australian, New Zealand and Canadian healthcare systems, Canadian based Novari Health has expanded to serve the Australian and New Zealand healthcare markets. Novari Health Pty Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Novari Health Inc. and is based in Sydney’s CBD. Novari’s recruitment efforts have attracted top local talent, some…

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Novari Announces Alliance with QHR Specialists

KINGSTON, ON: Novari Health is pleased to announce that is has signed an alliance agreement with QHR Technologies Inc., a leader in the Healthcare Information Technology sector. Novari Health and QHR’s Electronic Medical Records (“EMR”) division are collaboratively integrating technologies to bring the combined benefits of two popular systems to Canadian healthcare providers and patients.…

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Novari to Present at the IFHIMA Congress

John Sinclair, Novari Vice President (Kingston) and Leslie Motz surgical director at Lakeridge Health (Oshawa) will be co-presenting at the upcoming 174th IFHIMA Congress (Health Information Management). The conference attracting delegates and speakers from around the world is being held in Montreal May 13-15. The Novari / Lakeridge presentation titled “Implementing a Regional Surgical Access…

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Update on Access to Surgical Care Systems in Canada

Brief Overview Since the early 2000s improving access to surgical and other hospital based care has been a national, provincial and regional priority across the country. Federal and provincial governments have allocated hundreds of millions of dollars to improve Canada’s weak performance in this area relative to other developed countries. Despite this investment, Canada continues…

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Novari Health Announces Alliance with QHR Technologies for Specialists

Novari Health is pleased to announce that is has signed an alliance agreement with QHR Technologies Inc., a leader in the Healthcare Information Technology sector. Novari Health and QHR’s Electronic Medical Records (“EMR”) division are collaboratively integrating technologies to bring the combined benefits of two popular systems to Canadian healthcare providers and patients. This collaboration…

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Novari Vice President John Sinclair To Present At 2013 Australian RACMA Conference

John Sinclair CPHIMS-CA , Novari Health Vice President will be a presenter at the upcoming 2013 Australian RACMA Conference in Gold Coast Australia Sept. 4-6. Mr. Sinclair’s presentation is titled “Surgical Wait Times; A Canadian eHealth wait list management, wait times reporting and eBooking success story”. Information on the Australian healthcare conference is available at www.racmaconference.com.au.…

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Novari Up and Running Across CDHA

Capital District Health Authority (CDHA) in Nova Scotia has completed their expansion and upgrade of the Novari Access to Care system. The system is now live across all CDHA surgical sites and surgical offices. Cases can now be paperlessly eBooked by the physician offices to the OR via the Novari McKesson PHS/HSM interface. In addition,…

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