Informatics Forum

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Legal and Ethical Issues in End of Life: Making Appropriate Use of Intensive Care
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Toronto, ON

The purpose of this conference is to develop proposals and suggestions for processes, tools and legislative frameworks to address the legal and ethical issues to make appropriate use of intensive care.

Decisions to provide or withhold life support are made every day across Canada. Yet, surprisingly until recently it was unclear who has a legal right to decide whether to withdraw life support.

If substitute decision makers (SDMs) insist on life support that doctors consider medically inappropriate, doctors face potential legal liability no matter what they do. If doctors insist on withholding treatment against the SDM’s wishes, they violate the Health Care Consent Act. But, if doing so is medically inappropriate, a doctor continuing such treatment breaches the legal rights owed to the patient and the profession, even if the SDM insisted on continued life support.

This conference is targeted at Physicians, ICU staff, Intensivsts, Clinical Ethicists, Legal counsel, C-level, Board members, VPs, Senior Administrators, Clinical leaders, Management leaders, Chiefs of Medicine, Patient Relations and Religious Leaders.

This conference will examine these issues as well as the varying legal, ethical, clinical and administrative perspectives faced in End of Life Care.

For more information or to register now please visit www.oha./com/endoflife


Hospital Associated Infection Surveillance: Tools and Strategies
February 1, 2012
Toronto, ON

 The prevention and control of health care associated infections has become a priority. Surveillance and monitoring of these infections is key to their control - we need to be able to consistently and accurately measure them if we are to assess progress in their control. Maintaining successful features of standard systems, adopting alternate surveillance approaches, taking advantage of new technologies, and translating surveillance data into relevant information for the front line staff will make health care infection surveillance a more effective tool for prevention.

At this conference, participants will gain further knowledge on topics such as best practices for surveillance of health care associated infections in patient and resident populations, the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, a partnership program with Public Health Ontario (PHO) and the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA), and how to most effectively use resources.



Clinical Informatics position at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton

see attached


NIHI Bootcamp, June 17-19, 2011, University of Waterloo

Information on the Applied Health Informatics Bootcamp:

  • The Bootcamp is an intensive on-site course introducing key concepts, issues and applications in Applied Health Informatics, the discipline addressing the preparation for, and the procurement, deployment, implementation, resourcing, effective usage, and evaluation of informatics solutions. 
  • Healthcare information services professionals, IT professionals in health organizations and industry, e-health staff, and healthcare providers can all benefit from attending this course. 
  • The Bootcamp gives an excellent overview of Health Informatics and eHealth applications
  • It includes interactive sessions and great networking opportunities.
  • The follow on online component offers 90 + hours of recorded presentations on various areas in HI from experts in the field.   

Next Bootcamp:
June 17-19, 2011
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario


Quality and Safety in Obstetrics

March 10, 2011
Toronto, ON

This conference has been designed to bring together practitioners from the field of Obstetrics to meet and share knowledge. The forum will provide a platform to discuss the ever increasing challenges facing Obstetrics and offer participants a networking opportunity for future collaboration. The main areas that will be covered during the conference include:

• Quality of Care Information and Protection Act, 2004 (QCIPA)
• Identifying the Gaps in Obstetrics Care
• Multidisciplinary Collaborative Primary Maternity Care Project (MCP2)
• Patient choice on non-medically indicated Caesarean sections
• The Intervention Cascade of Modern Obstetrics
• Maternity Care Unit Design: Can we go beyond Family-Centred Maternity and Newborn Care?
• Obesity and Pregnancy: The Multidisciplinary Challenge
• The MOREOB Program: How to Transform Competencies into Performance

This program has been submitted to various professional agencies for accreditation. Visit for updates.

Funding may be available for Ontario RNs and RPNs from the Nurse Education Initiative, which is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. For additional details, call 1-866-464-4405 or email

For more information or to register now please visit


HealthAchieve 2011

With an expected 50 educational sessions and 250 speakers of the highest quality, this year’s HealthAchieve will again be the largest event of its kind in North America.

For delegates, the singular opportunity is to Engage, Recharge, Focus, Network and Expand with the best and brightest health care leaders.   For exhibitors, the decision to attend is strictly business – and we are working harder than ever to get them the results they demand.

HealthAchieve 2011
November 7, 8, & 9, 2011
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Toronto, ON


Rouge Valley Health System: Clinical Informatics Specialist position

Please see the following pdf for further details


RNFOO 2011 Awards

The Registered Nurses’ Foundation of Ontario (RNFOO) is proud to announce their 2011 Awards and Scholarships.

Please consider applying for one of the two ONIG awards, each worth $1000.  Applications are due January 31st 2011 by 16:30 EST.  Find more award details and application process at the RNFOO website


March 4, 2011

Clostridium Difficile: A Superbug Under the Microscope
March 4, 2011
Toronto, ON

Hospital-acquired Clostridium Difficile infections are a growing problem in hospitals in Canada and many other countries.

A recent report authored by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion highlights information collected from across the province on infection control and surveillance from various hospitals in Ontario. The findings of the report will be presented at this conference.

Delegates will have an opportunity to ask questions about the findings and other data that will be presented.

This conference is geared to healthcare professionals in the areas of Infection Control, Public Health, Epidemiology, Researchers, RICNs, Long-Term Care, CEOs, Senior Administrators, Occupational Health & Safety Personnel, Hospital Planners, Nurses, Educator’s, CCACs, Human Resources Personnel, Frontline Staff and Environmental Services Managers.

For more information and to register please visit:

February 28, 2011

Nurse Practitioners: Essential Partners in Improving the Health Care System. Toronto, Ontario 

Topics will include:

• The State of Affairs and Bill 179
• The Excellent Care For All Act - Improving Quality and Care
• Looking at the relationship between pharmaceutical companies and NPs
• Liability Issues for Nurse Practitioners
• Controlled Drugs and Substances Act: Limits and Conditions
• An update on two recently opened NP-Led Clinics

This conference is geared to Chief Nursing Officers, Nurse Practitioners, Nursing Staff, Physicians, CEOs, Senior Administrators, Managers, Chiefs of Surgery, Staff Educators, Chiefs of Surgery, Staff Educators, Chiefs of Medicine and Chiefs of Staff.



September 23-24 2010

Health Outcomes for Better Information and Care - A Foundation for Evidenced-Based Practice and Quality Care  The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library


September 28, 2010

Maternal and Newborn Care:  Meeting Community Needs and Integrating Midwives 

The integration of different health care professionals in maternal and newborn care is beneficial for hospital, communities, health care providers and, ultimately, women and babies.  Collaborative maternity care helps make services more accessible and closer to home for communities and helps provide continuity of care for women.  This conference is focuses on collaboration as a prerequisite for high quality maternity care in hospitals.


October  4 to 6, 2010

itHealthcare Canada Conference & Exhibition  International Centre, Toronto.  Please see Press Release for more details.

March 29, 2010      Call for Abstracts 

Launced by HIMMS and Diversified Business Communications Canada


October 20, 2010

Legal Issues in Nursing What Every Nurse Needs to Know   Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel and Conference Centre

The threat of litigation to Canadian nurses is real, but we don't always know hot to protect ourselves.  Learn about the medical legal world and how it works in Canada.  Know the top areas of nursing litigation and how you can minimize your risk.


October 25 to 26, 2010

Nursing Informatics - Fabric of Change - Atlantic Nursing Informatics Conference  The Moncton Hospital

Hosted by the New Brunswick Nursing Informatics Group.  Submit abstracts by August 23rd.


November 8, 9, 10  

HealthAchieve2010  Metro Toronto Convention Centre

In the constantly changing world of health care, staying on top of trends can be challenging.   As a health care professional, you are likely looking for ways to advance your career through professional development and networking opportunities.

HealthAchieve is the largest health care conference of its kind in North America.  Offering high-impact, value-oriented educational opportunities for health care professionals; HealthAchieve has learning opportunities for professionals in every discipline and level.


WINI (Weekend Immersion in Nursing Informatics) 2010 Schedule

Please visit: or for full details and registration information for each conference.

  • March 18-19, 2010 Preconference Tutorial in conjunction with the Rutgers Twenty-Eight Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD
  • April 9-11, 2010 WINI Aurora, CO.  Hosted by the University of Colorado, Denver and the CO Chapter of HIMSS
  • April 16-18, 2010 WINI Atlanta, GA. Hosted by the Georgia Chapter of HIMSS
  • July 19-21, 2010 WINI at SINI, Baltimore, MD.  Hosted by the University of Maryland School of Nursing
  • October 8-10, 2010 WINI Lebanon, NH.  Hosted by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center


RNAO Peer to Peer Updates and Minutes

Minutes - January 19, 2010 Peer to Peer Advisory Committee Meeting


Job Postings


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