CIHI is proud to announce that the project Care Planning Tools: Changing Practice Among Alberta First Nations Communities won in the Small to Medium Sized Businesses category at the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) 2016 Ingenious Award Gala. The award was presented in Toronto on November 8, 2016.

 Photo of ITAC award winners.

Pictured left to right: Rod Kamins, Momentum Healthware; Renee Rebryna, Redaka Consulting; Lorene Weigelt, FNIHB-AB, Health Canada; John Hirdes, interRAI; Adrian Dalloo, CIHI; and Geri St. Louis, CIHI.

The Ingenious Award Program is a year-long initiative celebrating businesses that demonstrate measurable evidence of productivity improvement, efficiency gains, revenue growth, overall business transformation or other organizational outcomes through the use of technology.

This past June, the same project won in the Innovation and Care Delivery category of the Canadian Health Informatics Association 2016 Awards. It was also recognized at the e-Health Conference awards a few years ago.

The project Care Planning Tools: Changing Practice Among Alberta First Nations Communities

The health status of First Nations communities is assessed and their care funded outside of the provincial standard. Implementing an innovative integrated solution enables decisions based on standardized information that is comparable with provincial systems’ information.

An integrated solution was developed to allow the electronic capture of clinical data, providing just-in-time information about clinical outputs for immediate care planning. The goal is to reduce wait times for assessment and to increase access to and seamless delivery of health care services in First Nations communities, on par with the average Albertan.

To develop this pilot, CIHI worked with

  • The First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada
  • Momentum Healthware
  • The First Nations Alberta Technical Services Advisory Group
  • interRAI
  • Alberta Health Services
  • Alberta Health

The project’s success in meeting its initial pilot objectives for 6 First Nations communities has transformed the initiative into a phased implementation among all 44 communities in Alberta by 2018. To date, this integrated solution has been deployed in 26 communities and has sparked discussion in First Nations communities outside of Alberta that are interested in adopting it. Consultations are currently taking place in other jurisdictions to define and develop an implementation plan.

This project has demonstrated excellent collaboration among First Nations representatives, provincial and community health services, and vendors to implement this integrated solution.

CIHI would like to thank and recognize our project partners for this important work.