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The Spirit of Christmas Supports LEADing Practices

Posted on November 21, 2016 by Cindy Hollister

With Christmas just around the corner you might wonder, why with great glee, I’ve marked December 15 as “the special day” in my calendar. My eager anticipation of this date actually started on November 8, the launch of the Infoway 2016 LEADing Practice Challenge.

Use Our Lessons Learned to Launch Your Own Innovation Challenge

Posted on November 14, 2016 by  Fraser Ratchford

After five years of ImagineNation Challenges, there has been a lot of learning, connecting, and sharing — all of it in the pursuit of improving health and health care in Canada.

Five Years of Open Innovation at Infoway: Lessons Learned

Posted on October 20, 2016 by  Fraser Ratchford

In this series of blog posts, we’ve been celebrating five years of running innovation challenges at Canada Health Infoway by passing on the knowledge we’ve gained from that experience. In doing so, we have pointed out our successes to show what has worked. Yet, we know innovation is just as much about taking risks and learning from failures as it is about emulating examples of success. So in this post, we’ve illustrated some of the ideas and tactics that didn’t quite pan out.

Five Years of Open Innovation at Infoway: The Impact of Innovation Challenges

Posted on September 21, 2016 by  Fraser Ratchford

In the first post in this blog series celebrating five years of ImagineNation Challenges, we described the results of the ImagineNation Challenges by the numbers. That post helped to illustrate scope and scale of what the challenges achieved. In this post, we take a reflective look on the more intangible impact of our challenges.

Five Years of Open Innovation at Infoway: What Motivates a Challenge Participant?

Posted on August 9, 2016 by  Fraser Ratchford

In a previous installment of this blog series, we covered considerations for hosting your own innovation challenge. But to stage an effective challenge, you must understand what will motivate your target audience to participate. After all, their contributions are what will make your challenge successful. To help you understand these motivating factors better, we’ve distilled some of the knowledge we’ve gained by running 10 challenges with over 250 participating teams into the infographic below.

Five Years of Open Innovation at Infoway: Five Challenge Types to Drive Innovation

Posted on July 5, 2016 by Fraser Ratchford

In a previous post , we discussed the numerous reasons you may benefit from running an open innovation challenge. Now that you have your reasons, it’s time to choose the challenge type that will allow you to encourage the kind of innovation you’re looking for.

Five Years of Open Innovation at Infoway: Why Host a Challenge?

Posted on June 14, 2016 by Fraser Ratchford

The optimal solution to a tough problem can be hard to find. That’s a main advantage of open innovation challenges — they bring a larger set of creative minds to bear, yielding more and better answers. This ability has been used to great effect in many of the challenges Canada Health Infoway has hosted as part of the ImagineNation series.

Five Years of Open Innovation at Infoway: By the Numbers

Posted on May 10, 2016 by Fraser Ratchford

The ImagineNation Challenges series is celebrating a milestone — our 5th anniversary! This year marks five years of sparking innovation and fostering a community of innovators who are passionate about improving health and health care.

5 Years of ImagineNation: What We’ve Learned

Posted on March 31, 2016 by Fraser Ratchford

Dr. Peter Diamandis, CEO of X PRIZE Foundation, doesn’t build rockets. But, he may be the reason any civilians have a chance of going to outer space. Dr. Diamandis created the Ansari X Prize, which challenged teams or individuals to develop a commercial spacecraft using new ideas and innovations.

Use of Simple Digital Technology Makes Big Health Care Impact

Posted on March 29, 2016 by Bobby Gheorghiu

On average, 50 per cent of those with chronic diseases deviate from recommended treatment protocols, which can not only affect their health outcomes, but also cost the health care system (estimated at $300 billion annually in the U.S.).1  Over the past decade, Infoway has worked with our partners to investigate, pilot, evaluate and broadly deploy solutions which address health system challenges like these. 

Talking to Your Patient About Digital Health

Posted on March 22, 2106 by Dr. Rashaad Bhyat

“The digital world has been in a separate orbit from our medical cocoon, and it's time the boundaries be taken down.”
– Dr. Eric Topol1

What Sparked Five Years of Innovation?

Posted on March 17, 2016 by Jennifer Zelmer

“What makes you think that you’re so smart that you can guess the winners?”

Three Tips to Improve Your Entry in the Data Impact Challenge II

Posted on February 23, 2016 by Fraser Ratchford

In health care, there are many policy issues and questions for which there doesn’t seem to be any easy way to find the answers. But what if the answers are hiding right under our noses?

Telemedicine: Transforming our Health Care System, Transforming Lives

Posted on November 18, 2015 by Laurie Poole, RN, BScN, MHSA

We often hear from providers, health care teams and organizations about the transformative effects telemedicine has had on our health care system, but nothing is as inspiring as patient stories. These stories touch our hearts and remind us why we do what we do.

Testing a New Data Model to Support Evidence-Informed Decision Making

Posted on October 29, 2015 by Simon Hagens

A few months ago, Canada Health Infoway’s ImagineNation Data Impact Challenge put out a call to all authorized users of Canadian health data sets to determine if important health and health care questions, like duplication rates for tests and exams, or the impact of prompt discharge summaries on re-admission could be answered in a timely, privacy-sensitive manner.

What’s Hiding in Your Data?

Posted on June 24, 2015 by Simon Hagens

We at Infoway, and a few of our partners, had some nagging questions about our healthcare system. Questions for which we needed answers, but didn’t have them: duplication rates for tests and exams, follow-up rates for abnormal tests, or the impact of prompt discharge summaries on re-admission. I would imagine many of you have unanswered questions, too.

Remote Patient Care = Fewer Hospital Stays

Posted on April 15, 2015 by Shelagh Maloney

Remote patient care (RPC) is just one digital health innovation that is transforming the delivery of health care in Canada. Infoway recently released a new whiteboard animation that explores the benefits of RPC (also known as remote patient monitoring or RPM), and the benefits are many.

The Results are in for the Public Health Social Media Campaign

Posted on November 13, 2014 by Fraser Ratchford

In the words of our President and CEO, Michael Green, “in today’s digital world, there are many ways to deliver a message”. When I worked in Public Health [a few years back], I was always an advocate for using digital health. Back then, social media was not yet on the radar. That said, it is inspiring to see that public health organizations from across Canada have embraced this innovative way of reaching their audience.

Finding a Smaller, More Targeted Audience May be The Key to Success in Social Media

Posted on August 20, 2014 by Jennifer Zelmer

Having just started tweeting, I was excited to join Infoway’s recent Public Health Social Media Challenge Expert Q&A Session. Teams from our Public Health Social Media Challenge were given the opportunity to pose questions to our panel of experts. They asked some challenging questions and received some great advice.

Put Your Audience First When Devising a Social Media Plan

Posted on July 8, 2014 by Fraser Ratchford

I recently had the pleasure of hosting our second Expert Forum. For one hour, teams participating in our ImagineNation Public Health Social Media Challenge presented their social media initiatives to receive feedback from a group of experts. The Public Health Social Media Challenge is designed to inspire public health organizations in Canada to use social media in creative and innovative ways to reach out to and connect with their audience.

RT @OntarioEMRs: Are you using virtual care tools with patients? OntarioMD wants to hear from you about your virtual care success to share…

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