Articles and updates from the Clinical & Systems Transformation project.

May. 3, 2016

Phil Sweeney has a broken fibula to thank for his career as a physiotherapist.

As a kid in New Zealand, Phil broke his leg while playing rugby. It took three months for his leg to heal, which included six weeks of physiotherapy. He recovered just in time for a rugby trip to Australia.

To a young Phil, physiotherapy seemed like a pretty neat thing to do.

May. 19, 2015

Life as a recovery room nurse is like Vancouver traffic, says Johanne Collazo from Lions Gate Hospital. If there’s an accident here or a delay there, all movement stops and there’s gridlock.

Feb. 19, 2015

Maya Angelou once said that people will forget what you said or did, but they’ll never forget how you made them feel.

For Yeonjoo Kwon and countless others around the world, this quote reflects everyday life as a nurse.

Jan. 8, 2015

Clinical & Systems Transformation (CST) is a joint undertaking between VCH, PHSA and PHC to complete a significant transformation of clinical practices and systems. The project spans several areas of the continuum of care, including: acute care, inpatient and outpatient units, ambulatory care and residential care across VCH, PHSA and PHC.

Dec. 16, 2014

Victoria Morris moved to Vancouver on a whim and hasn’t looked back. Originally from Ontario, the registered nurse soon found a job with Providence Health Care. 

Five years later, she accepted the role of clinical nurse educator for the Medicine and Ambulatory clinics at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital. 

Oct. 30, 2014

Dr. Eric Grafstein says data drives everything he does in health care.

“We need the information at our fingertips,” says Dr. Grafstein, CST Chief Medical Information Officer, VCH/PHC. “We have a tremendous reliance on information from both inpatient units and the community in order to know what’s going on with the patient.”

Oct. 15, 2014

From a hush that’s conducive to recovery to a sense of urgency when patients need it most, Eric Starr says the Intensive Care Unit at St. Paul’s Hospital is never the same from day to day.  

Eric, a registered nurse, has worked at St. Paul’s for over nine years. He chose St. Paul’s for its staff, patients and culture of caring.    

Since April 2014, he has been working on the CST project.

Sep. 18, 2014

Paper is a fact of life.Sylvia Melnyk

Even once everyone is using the new integrated clinical information system, currently being developed as part of the Clinical & Systems Transformation project, we will be "paper light", not paperless. Some clinical documentation (such as Code Blue documents) will still be on paper; and paper documents will continue to arrive from outside VCH, PHSA and PHC. That’s where document imaging, or scanning, comes in.

Sep. 3, 2014

The Emergency Design Team at the Clinical & Systems Transformation project has been working to design an integrated, electronic tracking board to make patient care more efficient and effective.

According to Cynthia Startup, former Emergency Design Team Manager, “The board makes it clear who needs to do what for a patient. You can send alerts to it, so everyone in the department can see them without looking at the patient’s chart, which is good for patient and staff safety. There could be alerts for isolation status, allergies, violent patients and care plans.

Aug. 21, 2014

Interdisciplinary Plans of Care teamCST’s Quality and Professional Practice Advisory Group has selected an initial 25 interdisciplinary plans of care (IPOCs), from more than 1,200 that exist today across VCH, PHSA and PHC, for inclusion in the new clinical information system.