Time to Change the World? An Insider’s View of Implementing Change in Health Sector Information Technology

Sep 10, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
700-828 W. 10 Ave., VGH Research Pavilion
Ellen Balka

Together with Dr. Corinne Hohl, MD and our interdisciplinary research team at VCH’s Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation, we have designed and built adverse drug event reporting software which is currently being pilot tested at VCH. Development and implementation of the software has been undertaken to improve documentation of adverse drug events during clinical encounters, and communicate information about adverse drug events which have occurred to care providers and community pharmacies in order to reduce the incidence of preventable adverse drug events.

In this talk, I will provide an overview of the long and winding road which we have travelled to bring this health information technology project to pilot implementation, focusing on the challenges we have faced and issues which arose as we embarked on what often felt like a Herculean effort to change the world.

This talk will be of interest to anyone engaged in information technology development in the health sector (especially those whose projects require integration with other information technology systems), and anyone interested in knowledge translation at a system-wide level. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. provide insights about what it takes to move research into health system practice when integration of health information technology is involved;
  2. provide an update on the progress of the ActionADE project- a software design, development, implementation and evaluation project that has as its goals a) improvement of documentation of adverse drug events during clinical encounters; b) closing the informational continuity of care gap related to adverse drug events in order to prevent them.