Blog of the Canadian Health Libraries Association
- First Month as your President First Month as your President
Language Undefined AttachmentSize Michelle Leblanc647.7 KB Gavel handover Charlotte to Lee-Anne 2014676.14 KB It is now just over a month after the 2014 CHLA Conference and earlier today I found myself still going to look [...]
- Posters Promoting Health Librarians 2014 Posters Promoting Health Librarians 2014
Here are three newly-branded posters — a collaboration between the Medical Library Association (MLA) & the Canadian Health Libraries Association (CHLA/ABSC). Note the TWO logos at the bottom of each poster. As your CHLA/ASBC Public Rela [...]
- Le rapport annuel de l'ABSC 2013-2014 est disponible en ligne! Le rapport annuel de l'ABSC 2013-2014 est disponible en ligne!
La version plus récente du Rapport annuel 2013-2014 de l'ABSC est maintenant disponible en ligne pour nos membres. Il est un excellent moyen de voir en un coup d'oeil (seulement 20 pages!) ce qui s'est passé avec votre association durant l' [...]
- CHLA Annual Report 2013-2014 now available online! CHLA Annual Report 2013-2014 now available online!
The most current draft of the 2013-2014 CHLA Annual Report is now available online for our members. It is a great way to see at a glance (just 20 pages!) what has happened with your association over the past year. A bit of light reading as [...]
- Googling the Grey Literature MLA Online CE Course Googling the Grey Literature MLA Online CE Course
Language English OHLA and the Partnership are co-sponsoring an online CE opportunity worth 4.0 Medical Library Association CE credits. Any member of a provincial or territorial can attend at the member rate. When: July 15, 17, 22 & [...]
- Can you be Trained as a Medical Transcriptionist Online? Can you be Trained as a Medical Transcriptionist Online?
By Frida Cooper Aug 6, 2014 - Alright! So you have decided to be a medical transcriptionist. Congratulations! Great decision! Medical transcription is booming and these professionals are in demand everywhere, whether it’s a doctor’s office [...]
- Upcoming Webinar - Thinking About Starting Your Independent Medical Practice Upcoming Webinar - Thinking About Starting Your Independent Medical Practice
On Thursday April 3, 2014, I will be participating in a free Webinar at 12 noon MST (11am PST). Some of the questions that will be covered include: When is the right time to start an independent medical practice? What...
- Significant Changes for BC - PITO Program Significant Changes for BC - PITO Program
In a letter to members sent out on March 12, 2014 by Doctors of BC (formally BCMA) President, Dr. William Cunningham confirmed that significant changes are about to take place with respect to the PITO funding program. In summary: The...
- TELUS Health acquires BC-based EMR provider Med Access Inc. TELUS Health acquires BC-based EMR provider Med Access Inc.
Vancouver, B.C. – TELUS Health has acquired 100% of the shares of Med Access Inc., a leading Kelowna-based company providing electronic medical record (EMR) services to 2,000 specialty and general practice physicians in B.C., Alberta, Saska [...]
- Patient Health Records - A Case Study Patient Health Records - A Case Study
A practice in Chilliwack, British Columbia is using a patient health record system to share results, medication information and appointment results. “Imagine having a patient who’s in Halifax experiencing a cardiac event; and the hospital t [...]
Good for You!
- Why acupuncture works Why acupuncture works
For centuries, people in pain have turned to acupuncture. And for nearly as long, people have tried to figure out how and why the poking practice seems to work. An essential component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncturists strive [...]
- The bedtime ritual that may keep you awake The bedtime ritual that may keep you awake
We’re all creatures of habit, and bedtime is rife with habits and rituals - both good and bad - that cue our bodies that it’s time for beddy-bye. Kids demand one more glass of water or another read-through of an oft-read storyb [...]
- Eat a snack that soothes stress Eat a snack that soothes stress
Imagine you have a stressful event ahead of you - a mid-morning presentation or a blind date or whatever puts you on edge. Envision your frazzled nerves and your sweaty palms - and add to that a rumbling, anxious stomach. What would you eat [...]
- HPV: Pass it on? HPV: Pass it on?
The human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections out there. The thing about HPV is that there are over 100 types of the virus, and it often reveals no symptoms. Some strains of HPV may pop up as cold [...]
- How cooking affects antioxidants How cooking affects antioxidants
We hear so much about the health benefits of antioxidants. And many of us actively try to squeeze as many of the cancer-fighting, cell-supportive nutrients into our diets as possible. Fruits and vegetables are the out-and-out champs when i [...]
- What Canada can learn from Sweden’s health registry system What Canada can learn from Sweden’s health registry system
In 2007, a group of Canadian cardiologists found themselves in a unique position. New – and expensive – implantable cardiac defibrillators were being used by fewer than a dozen doctors. And the Institute for Clinical Evaluative [...]
- Why unnecessary medical tests are bad for patients Why unnecessary medical tests are bad for patients
The Personal Health Navigator is available to all Canadian patients. Questions about your doctor, hospital or how to navigate the health care system can be sent to AskPaul@Sunnybrook.ca Question: I am 63 years old, have played a lot of spor [...]
- From the factory floor to the emergency department: Hospitals explore Lean method From the factory floor to the emergency department: Hospitals explore Lean method
Can health care learn from assembly lines? Manitoba’s St. Boniface General Hospital thinks so. It’s been using Lean, a system inspired by Toyota, on processes around the institution. Last year, one of its projects was to reduce wait t [...]
- Can insurance companies learn the results of an HIV-AIDS test? Can insurance companies learn the results of an HIV-AIDS test?
The Personal Health Navigator is available to all Canadian patients. Questions about your doctor, hospital or how to navigate the health care system can be sent to AskPaul@Sunnybrook.ca Question: I was wondering who is able to access Ontari [...]
- How Norway’s innovative library made high-quality health information free for everyone How Norway’s innovative library made high-quality health information free for everyone
If you’re looking for evidence-based health information in Canada, a lot depends on who – and where – you are. A physician in a teaching hospital? No problem. But family doctors in rural areas, nurses or physiotherapists have a [...]
Info Long-Term Care
- Running self-help groups in sheltered and extra care accommodation for people who live with dementia Running self-help groups in sheltered and extra care accommodation for people who live with dementia
Written by Cindy Glover and produced by the Mental Health Foundation, Running self-help groups in sheltered and extra care accommodation for people who live with dementia provides an overview of how to set up, facilitate and manage self-hel [...]
- Safe staffing for older people wards: RCN report and recommendation Safe staffing for older people wards: RCN report and recommendation
In 2012, RCN published their recommendations for appropriate staffing for older adults in acute and long-term care facilities. This report gives evidence-based recommendations on the range of staffing levels required for safe care, th [...]
- The dementia environment in care home The dementia environment in care home
A new addition to Social Care TV (from the UK's Social Care Institute for Excellence), this film shows how simple changes to create a more dementia friendly care home environment can have a positive impact on a person living with dementia's [...]
- TBI Community TBI Community
TBI Community is a website developed and managed by researchers at The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center part of TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine. The research institute intends to p [...]
- Functional Foods for Healthy Aging: A toolkit for registered dietitians Functional Foods for Healthy Aging: A toolkit for registered dietitians
As the population ages, more and more focus has been made on nutritional management as a means for promoting healthy aging. Functional foods are becoming increasingly popular, as they are foods that contain bioactives that provide a h [...]
- Supporting patients using online tools to collect health data Supporting patients using online tools to collect health data
Sally Okun RN - Vice President for Advocacy, Policy and Patient Safety. In her work with PatientsLikeMe Sally has worked on the standardizing the language of patient information. This creates new insight and understanding of patients, where [...]
- #RNchat on Patient Education #RNchat on Patient Education
Patient education is something we often talk about in nursing, and regularly do during the normal care of our day. The challenge is that time is often short, and patients do not always retain the information the first time. I know it took m [...]
- Nursing impact on 30-day re-admission Nursing impact on 30-day re-admission
The Article: Hospital nursing and 30-day readmission among medicare patients with heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, and pneumonia Big Idea: Generally a health work enivonrment, lower nure patient ratios and more educated nurses ar [...]
- Can daily bathing with chlorhexidine reduce hospital aquired infection? Can daily bathing with chlorhexidine reduce hospital aquired infection?
The Article: Effect of Daily Chlorhexidine Bathing on Hospital-Aquired Infection [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23388005] Big Idea: Can using chlorhexidine impregnated cloths to bed bath patients reduce rates of Multi-Drug Resistant Or [...]
- How can nurses help hospitals save blood? How can nurses help hospitals save blood?
Marianne de Bretan-Berg – Perioperative Blood Conservation Coodinator This spring I had the opportunity to interview Marianne de Bretan-Berg, a Perioperative Blood Conservation Coordinator at Southlake Regional Health Centre. Nurses a [...]
- Side-effects reporting for drug trials + more Side-effects reporting for drug trials + more
Over the years, Open Medicine authors have taken a strong interest in research ethics and particularly the dangers of overly-close or conflicted relationships with pharmaceutical and medical device companies. As you may have intuited from t [...]
- Drug safety in the news Drug safety in the news
We've looked at the issue of drug safety from different angles through various Open Medicine papers. Never this one though. In today's Toronto Star. Topics: drug safetymedications
- Funding systems and what gets funded Funding systems and what gets funded
So, IS there a creativity deficit in science? If there is, what's causing it? This article by scientist Ben McNeil looks at publish-or-perish, the problem with preliminary data, risk-averse funding, the age bias and lots more. Definitely wo [...]
- Getting medical marijuana laws right Getting medical marijuana laws right
An interesting piece today relating to Canada's evolving laws on medical marijuana. The general issue is in the news all the time, these days, in everything from the business section to sports. And of course, Open Medicine has covered the i [...]
- CBC News on Joep Lange, triple therapy for HIV, and Dr. Lange''s links to the Canadian research community CBC News on Joep Lange, triple therapy for HIV, and Dr. Lange''s links to the Canadian research community
"If we can get cold Coca–Cola and beer to every remote corner of Africa, it should not be impossible to do the same with drugs."More on Joep Lange, who died on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/malaysia-airlines-fl [...]
sharing info on Social Media in Canadian Healthcare
- Studying the impact of YouTube on health education: Can you help? Studying the impact of YouTube on health education: Can you help?
The “Be Sweet to Babies” research team from the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (lead by Dr. Denise Harrison) is conducting a study using YouTube as a means to widely disseminate health information to parents and he [...]
- My new (fiscal) year’s resolution My new (fiscal) year’s resolution
Hello Dear SMiCH, My new (fiscal) year’s resolution is to not neglect you so! I miss you dearly. #hcsmca, I miss you too. Back-and-reenergized!
- Measuring Reputation Measuring Reputation
Today’s post is from Dave Bourne, corporate communications manager at the Scarborough Hospital, and curator of SMiCH’s stats & graphs section. __________ Measuring Reputation One of the more frequently discussed topics among [...]
- Liabililty and social media Liabililty and social media
Before I start off, let me remind everyone that I’m no lawyer and no legal expert. Caveats aside, I learnt something interesting that I thought I’d share. When Canadian physicians provide medical advice on-line, that advice is [...]
- Safe Sex 3.0: YWCA Safety Siren & Changing Sexual Discourse Safe Sex 3.0: YWCA Safety Siren & Changing Sexual Discourse
A few weeks ago I participated in a great #hcsmca chat about mobile apps. Like everyone else and their dog, I’ve sat daydreaming about mobile apps and all the cool things we could do with them, “if only”. (You know…i [...]
The Health Council of Canada
- Looking at health care system performance: Lessons from the Commonwealth Fund survey Looking at health care system performance: Lessons from the Commonwealth Fund survey
- How queueing theory can improve wait times How queueing theory can improve wait times
- The Home First philsophy - creating safe transitions for patients from acute care to home The Home First philsophy - creating safe transitions for patients from acute care to home
- Something more must be done to address the health challenges of Aboriginal seniors Something more must be done to address the health challenges of Aboriginal seniors
- Online education about elder care for community-based health care providers Online education about elder care for community-based health care providers
UBC: A Place of Mind
- Walk in the Woods - National Forest Week Walk in the Woods - National Forest Week
- Adopting Digital Technology, Part 5 of 5: Cyber Security Considerations for Small Businesses Adopting Digital Technology, Part 5 of 5: Cyber Security Considerations for Small Businesses
One of the most daunting tasks for small businesses as they increase their reliance on the online environment is the ability to stay current with security risks. read more
- SPARK - Academics Week SPARK - Academics Week
September 21-27 is Academics Week! Learn about academic resources at UBC Okanagan, connect with peer mentors and other peer-based academic supports, explore the concept of academic growth, and more. Come check out what we're doing this wee [...]
- Open Doors for Your Venture! Open Doors for Your Venture!
Introducing e@UBC Open Office! Book to meet with our experienced mentors and advisors. Open to all e@UBC Registered Ventures. Meet each week with entrepreneurs, business leaders, and government advisors who are keen to mentor UBC ventures l [...]
- 9 Things I Wish I Knew Before Applying For Exchange 9 Things I Wish I Knew Before Applying For Exchange
So you’re thinking about going on exchange. Maybe you’re a first year; you just started university and want to get the most from your experience. Maybe you’re going into your third year and think it’s too [...]
- Why Did Toronto Mayoral Candidate John Tory Shoot A Pringles Commerical? Why Did Toronto Mayoral Candidate John Tory Shoot A Pringles Commerical?
On the down side, clearly junk food is so normalized that John Tory, the front runner in Toronto's mayoral race, didn't have any issue shooting a Pringles commercial in the name of his campaign. And I think it'd be fair to say too that the [...]
- Food Banks Canada Now Teaming Up With 7-11 To Sell Slurpees!? Food Banks Canada Now Teaming Up With 7-11 To Sell Slurpees!?
I do get it. Charities feel they need to take whatever monies they can get.But given I've never seen a co-branded cigarette sale to raise money for this, that, or the other, clearly there are lines drawn that charities don't cross in their [...]
- Did You Know that Coca-Cola Basically Owns Emory University? Did You Know that Coca-Cola Basically Owns Emory University?
I'm rarely speechless.I was close yesterday though.It was yesterday that I learned of a long-standing Emory University tradition. Apparently, unabashedly, and transparently, in part no doubt consequent to the $105 million endowment provided [...]
- Guest Post: The Pharmacist Who Refuses to Sell Soft Drinks Guest Post: The Pharmacist Who Refuses to Sell Soft Drinks
Last week the media was abuzz with reports of a pharmacist from Nova Scotia who had elected, despite the financial disincentive, to stop selling soda and other sugar sweetened beverages in his pharmacy. His name is Graham MacKenzie and his [...]
- Saturday Stories: 23andMe, Red Delicious Apples, and Turtle CPR Saturday Stories: 23andMe, Red Delicious Apples, and Turtle CPR
Julia Belluz on Vox.com with a great story on the unintended consequences of home genetic testing.Sarah Yager at The Atlantic on the awful reign of the red delicious apple.And on Slate, here's David Steen on what it's like and why he gave m [...]