Don’t Miss Your Chance to Attend the Toronto EMR: Every Step Conference!

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By Peter Hamer, Executive Director, Ottawa Valley Family Health Team and OntarioMD Clinic Manager Peer Leader

There are less than two weeks left until Canada’s largest EMR conference series comes back to Toronto. If you’re a clinician who is using EMRs and digital health solutions, or you’re interested in learning more about the value of the technology for your practice, you need to register now to attend OntarioMD’s EMR: Every Step Conference on Thursday, September 27.

I’ve attended and presented at the EMR: Every Step Conference since the first one back in 2012, and I’ve connected with thousands of clinicians and other health care professionals and digital health stakeholders who have agreed that there are many good reasons to make time in their schedule for this annual event. The conference offers a full day of CME-accredited content across 20 educational sessions, EMR workshops, a vendor showcase and two keynote addresses. The ability to access this much practical knowledge and CME credits for a registration fee of just $160 ($100 for students) is virtually unmatched anywhere else.

EMR: Every Step Conference content is provided by clinicians, for clinicians. The conference abstract process for this event began in the spring, when a clinician review committee analyzed and evaluated dozens of submitted abstracts to select the ones they knew would offer the best clinical value to their colleagues.

 The Conference Agenda 

You can view the full agenda for our Toronto EMR: Every Step Conference agenda here, including session summaries and speaker details. The content falls into four streams:  

  • Clinical Enhancements (Opioid Management, Optimizing EMR for cancer screenings, etc.) 
  • Digital Health (ebooking, eConsult, etc.) 
  • EMR Management (Clinic Manager Perspective on EMR, Practical Quality Improvements, etc.) 
  • OntarioMD Products and Services (EMR Dashboard, Privacy and Security, etc.) 

In addition to the great knowledge-building educational sessions, we’re proud to offer clinicians and their staff a variety of training opportunities to learn more about how their EMR can work for their unique practice needs:  

  • Learn tips and tricks from your EMR vendor in the EMR Workshops 
  • Get EMR-focused mentorship from Physician, Clinic Manager and Nurse Peer Leaders by signing up for one-on-one Peer Leader Engagements 
  • Take the opportunity to complete an EMR Progress Assessment to see what level of EMR use you’re currently at 
  • Learn about OntarioMD’s Privacy and Security Training Module, and why successful completion of this online training module is one of the necessary requirements for access to some of Ontario’s digital health assets, including the electronic health record systems. 

For the first time ever, the upcoming OntarioMD EMR: Every Step Conference will feature two keynote addresses. 

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Our morning keynote will feature Julie Drury, Chair of the Minister’s Patient and Family Advisory Council, She will deliver an address on the importance of including the patient perspective in digital health. 

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Our closing keynote will be delivered by Dr. Julielynn Wong, internationally recognized as a 3D printing, drone, robotics, telemedicine and digital health pioneer who uses cutting-edge technology to deliver healthcare solutions across diverse environments. Her presentation is titled “From Fax Machine to 3D Printers: Digital Health at Warp Speed.” 

Whether you’re a new EMR user, or your practice has been connected for many years, the Toronto EMR: Every Step Conference will help you understand the latest trends and innovations in digital health and determine how this game-changing technology and support from OntarioMD can help you meet your unique practice needs.

 Limited conference registration spots remain. Register Today!  

London EMR Every Step Conference 2018

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OntarioMD’s EMR: Every Step Conference in London on April 12, 2018 will feature 11 sessions designed to inspire and educate clinicians on how to get more clinical benefits from their EMRs. These sessions have been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s Ontario Chapter for up to 7.5 Mainpro+ credits.

To see the full conference schedule and register, please visit https://www.ontariomd.ca/about-us/events/emr-every-step-conference-london-2018

Here is a glimpse of what you will learn at some of the conference sessions:

Pain, Opioids and Your EMR

Presented by Dr. Gordon Schacter, London Middlesex Clinical Lead, South West Local Health Integration Network 

  • A basic understanding of the issues in pain and opioid prescribing
  • Knowledge of the minimum standards for assessment and management of pain and opioid prescribing
  • How EMR tools can facilitate your ability to meet those minimum standards for assessment and documentation
  • All the pain and opioid resources that are available to you: Self-Management, OntarioMD Peer Leaders, OCFP Mentorship, etc.)

EMR: Making Data Quality and Data Mining Exciting

 Presented by Dr. Mario Elia, OntarioMD Physician Peer Leader

  • The importance of high-quality data integrity
  • An easy-to-use framework for clinical effectiveness in primary care across multiple domains
  • Practical advice for moving forward with improving clinical data work in your office

Overcoming Wait Times for Specialists Using eConsult

 Panelists: Dr. Anil Maheshwari, Chief of Family Medicine, Cambridge Memorial Hospital and OntarioMD Physician Peer Leader, Dr. Harpreet Arora, Board Member, Grandview Medical Centre, Dr. Sunjay Gupta, IT Physician Lead, Grandview Medical Centre

  • Which types of issues are appropriate for eConsults
  • The advantages (and disadvantages) of eConsults
  • The steps taken to get both primary care physicians and specialists on board
  • The actual referral process, the wait times for eConsults, the feedback from patients, family doctors and specialists

Switching EMRs: Lessons from the Front Lines

Presented by Dr. Stephen McLaren, OntarioMD Physician Peer Leader

  • How to successfully transition your practice from one EMR system to another
  • Best practices for data migration
  • Other tips and tricks

Select your Agenda and Register

 

 

Toronto EMR: Every Step Conference Recap

Contributed by Revin Samuel

 

 

Thank you to all the attendees, speakers, exhibitors, peer leaders and staff who participating in the 2017 EMR: Every Step Conference this past September 28 in Toronto. The conference was a tremendous success!

If you’d liked to provide any feedback on the conference, feel free to do so by emailing omd.events@ontariomd.ca.

Stay tuned to OntarioMD.ca for details on future EMR: Every Step Conference and our brand new series, On the Road with OntarioMD.

We hope to see you again soon!

 

EMR Every Step Conference Session Profiles

OntarioMD’s EMR: Every Step Conference in Toronto on September 28, 2017 will feature 25 seminars designed to inspire and educate clinicians on how to get more benefits from their EMR. These sessions have been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s Ontario Chapter for up to 7.5 Mainpro+ credits.


Evaluating a Point-of-Care Electronic Asthma Management System

This post was contributed by Dr. Samir Gupta and Courtney Price.

In The Electronic Asthma Management System (eAMS): Effects of a New EMR Tool for Asthma Care, Dr. Samir Gupta will look at the impact of eAMS, an EMR-integrated decision support tool, on asthma management.

Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in Canada, affecting more than 2 million Canadians. The primary goal of asthma management is to obtain good control of the disease. With the right disease management, we know that most patients can live symptom-free. However, research shows that over half of patients with asthma actually have poor control. The question is, why? Dr. Gupta, clinician-scientist and respirologist at St. Michael’s Hospital, aims to answer this question. by focusing on innovative ways to bring evidence into practice through knowledge translation tools.

In the area of asthma management, three key care practices are recommended: assess a patient’s asthma control at every visit; adjust medications according to this level of control; and provide patients with a written asthma action plan (AAP), which is a self-management tool that empowers patients to transiently intensify therapy for asthma worsening, and explains when to seek help. AAPs are known to reduce hospitalizations, ER visits, absenteeism and symptoms, and to improve quality of life.

To support the implementation of these guidelines into primary care settings – where the majority of asthma patients are seen – the research team developed an electronic tool called eAMS, which leverages information entered by patients on a pre-visit electronic questionnaire to provide physicians with their patients’ asthma control level, evidence-based guidance regarding how to adjust medications, and a pre-filled AAP. All of these functions are seamlessly integrated to the existing EMR system at the point of care.

Dr. Gupta’s presentation will highlight the results of a one-year pilot study of the tool, during which asthma control assessment increased from 2% to 30%, and the proportion of patients who received AAPs increased from 0% to 25%. Dr. Gupta will share design, functionality and evaluation of the eAMS tool with conference attendees, and looks forward to discussion with other health care providers and digital health stakeholders around how to further improve the tool.


Putting the Brakes on Breaks Bone Health Workbook

This post was contributed by Dr. Therese Hodgson and Pascal Hodgson

In their session, Putting the Brakes on Breaks Bone Health Workbook, OntarioMD Peer Leader Dr. Therese Hodgson and data coordinator Pascal Hodgson will review how EMR tools and resources can help achieve best practices in bone health. These best practices are grouped into three pillars: Falls Prevention, Osteoporosis Identification, and Management and Post Fracture Care. The session will feature YouTube videos and links to evidence-based resources, and cover key topics including:  Best Practices, Needs Assessment, Logic Program Module, EMR Tools and Resources, and Examples. The Logic module allows users to gain an understanding of how to develop a program and offers templates for each step. The Bone Health EMR modules can be incorporated into the EMR as tools without a formal program allowing group or single practices to implement bone health activities. One example is the Reminder module that populates the reminder box based on age, sex, date of last Bone Mineral Density (BMD), BMD risk score, history of family hip fracture and presence of fragility fracture.


 

EMR: Every Step Session Profile Minding Your MEQs: Optimizing your EMR for Safer Opioid Management

This post was contributed by Dr. Kevin Samson. 

OntarioMD’s EMR: Every Step Conference in Toronto on September 28, 2017 will feature 25 seminars designed to inspire and educate clinicians on how to get more benefits from their EMR.

In the coming weeks, we’ll highlight some of the sessions, which have been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s Ontario Chapter for up to 7.5 Mainpro+ credits. To register for the EMR: Every Step Conference and attend sessions, please register at https://www.ontariomd.ca/about-us/events/every-step-conference-toronto.

In Minding Your MEQs: Optimizing your EMR for Safer Opioid Management, Dr. Kevin Samson will look at how new and innovative EMR tools can help promote the safer and effective prescribing of opioids to patients with chronic non-cancer pain.

Each year more than 650,000 Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) eligible Ontarians are prescribed opioids. Today, prescription opioids are more likely to be found on the street than heroin, and opioids have become the drug of choice for teens. Opioids are responsible for more than 3,000 ER visits and more than 600 deaths each year.

Finding the time and expertise required to meet recommended prescribing requirements and provide optimal, individualized opioid treatment for patients with chronic non-cancer pain is a real challenge for physicians. But clinicians can tap into new tools to use their EMRs to optimize their opioid prescribing, and improve clinical outcomes for these patients.

These tools are presented in a toolbar which appears in the EMR, within the charts of patients who require opioid therapy. One important feature of the toolbar is that it displays the calculated morphine equivalents (MEQs) that the patient is on, and the display turns color to attract attention when the levels are above certain ranges. The toolbar also includes buttons representing each of the recommended requirements (pain condition diagnosis, risk screening, goal setting, informed consent, appropriateness of opioid(s) selected and dose, opioid effectiveness, and drug testing). If any of the requirements are missing or out of date for a particular patient, the corresponding buttons will change colour to provide clinicians with a user-friendly ‘at a glance’ view of the patient’s opioid management status. Clicking the buttons brings up standardized, evidence based tools used to manage the patient’s care. Additional buttons in the toolbar provide links to other related tools, references, handouts and patient report cards.

In this EMR: Every Step Conference session, Dr. Samson will share data and feedback from patients and physicians in the practices that have deployed the toolbar, he will explore the toolbar’s impact on the quality and completeness of opioid-related data in the users’ EMRs, and its impact on prescribing patterns.

EMR: EVERY STEP CONFERENCE

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Written by Revin Samuel, OntarioMD Staff

OntarioMD’s EMR: Every Step Conference returns to Toronto on September 28, 2017. This year we’re offering more than 25 new educational sessions, a series of EMR training workshops, the vendor showcase area, opportunities to meet with OntarioMD Peer Leaders, networking opportunities and keynote addresses from Ontario’s Deputy Minister of Health, Dr. Bob Bell, as well as patient advocate and former VP of Public Affairs for SickKids and Mount Sinai Hospitals, Judith John. And the conference has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario Chapter for up to 7.5 Mainpro+ credits, which are transferrable for specialists!

Click to register for the Toronto EMR: Every Step Conference!

But what is now Canada’s largest EMR conference series has humble roots. OntarioMD first launched nearly a decade ago as a series of small EMR seminars and vendor showcases in small towns across Ontario. In the early days of EMR adoption, these events gave Ontario community-based physicians and their staff an important opportunity to gather with like-minded clinicians and get the information and education they needed to make use of the new technology. They could meet with OntarioMD staff and vendors of OntarioMD-certified EMRs under one roof, gathering tips and best practices.

Interest in those initial events grew as EMRs gained acceptance and popularity. The first EMR: Every Step Conference took place in Ottawa in 2012. By then, the focus had expanded as more physicians moved from selecting and implementing an EMR to wanting to understand how to optimize its use in their practices. Popular sessions focused on privacy and security and using EMRs to improve chronic disease management. And the vendor showcase was bigger and better than ever.

I found the conference to be inspiring; what I got out of it was a completely new way of looking at how I practice medicine.” – Dr. Ron Ireland

In the years since, the agenda has incorporated even more content on advanced EMR use to improve practice workflows and patient outcomes. OntarioMD Peer Leaders – practicing physicians, clinic managers and nurses in the field who are considered EMR experts – began to deliver presentations educating their colleagues on EMR best practices. And the conference has become a platform for OntarioMD’s digital health partners to present some of the latest innovations in health care technology. Organizations such as the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN), Health Quality Ontario (HQO), Cancer Care Ontario (CCO), eHealth Ontario, and the Ontario Medical Association, have all established a firm presence at the EMR: Every Step Conference.

The conference has grown grew from a regional EMR seminar series to the largest event of its kind in the country. Attendance grew from about 50 physicians per event to more several hundred in smaller cities to about 1,000 in Toronto.  The conferences have also expanded from two streams of content to four streams. The vendor showcase has expanded from 10 EMR vendors demonstrating the features of their certified EMR products, to more than 25 vendors and health care and related technology organizations exhibiting at the conference. And in 2015, we began to call for abstracts, giving the Ontario clinicians who had become EMR power users the opportunity to present their own innovative ideas on how EMRs are changing health care.

“The conference was really helpful. It has broadened my perspective and filled in the gaps so I can better use my EMR to serve my patients” – Dr. Amy Wong

The EMR: Every Step Conference now attracts almost 1,000 attendees each year. We’ve introduced a conference app to give attendees a chance to read speaker bios, create their own personalized conference agenda, complete and submit event evaluations, and even see which of their colleagues are attending. We’ve expanded opportunities for attendees to meet one-on-one with Peer Leaders, and complete an EMR Progress Assessment with OntarioMD Practice Advisors.

Clinicians across Ontario have come to anticipate the EMR: Every Step Conference each year. As your trusted advisor for EMR optimization, we will continue to find new ways to grow and add valuable, leading-edge content to Canada’s largest EMR conference series in the years to come.

Register Now!