News - 2014

Dec. 16, 2014

Going electronic a must: Profile of Victoria Morris

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

Integrating systems for CST success

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

Making a difference with CST: Profile of Eric Starr

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

The "perfect marriage": how document imaging enables electronic records

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

A clear view of the Emergency Department

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

CST and the journey to automatic interdisciplinary plans of care

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.

Aug. 13, 2014

Protecting the privacy of patient data in a clinical information system

Steven Tam takes privacy seriously. As General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer for VCH, it’s his job to balance the information needs of health care professionals, and the privacy of patient data.

Jul. 31, 2014

Clinical decision support in the CST system: The benefits

Clinical decision support tools support health care providers at the point of care by presenting relevant information at the appropriate time. They do not make decisions for you; they allow you to make fully-informed diagnoses and decisions, using your experience, expertise and observations.

Jul. 23, 2014

What is the clinical information system that CST will implement?

A description of the clinical information system CST is creating and how, plus some examples of what it will mean for you.

Jul. 9, 2014

A Canadian e-health success story

North York General Hospital replaced its manual systems with computerized provider order entry (CPOE) and closed loop medication management systems in October 2010. The Clinical & Systems Transformation project is working to emulate its success.