In Case of Emergency – Check Twitter

Following on a previous blog topic – the use of social media for healthcare, the following article speaks about using social media tools to “enhance disaster preparedness and emergency response”.

I found the article thought provoking but had difficulty articulating my ideas so I shared the link with a fellow ONIG member and was totally impressed by the immediate response I received back.  I quote:

ONIG Education Day - November 4, 2011 - William Osler Health System, Brampton

Friday, November 4, 2011 (All day)

Theme: "How Technology Supports Process Changes"

Location: William Osler Health System, Brampton

Date: November 4th, 2011

UPDATED - Registration is now open

UPDATED - Ed day SOLD OUT (contact deb.haggman[at] if wishing to register and haven't done so already)

William Osler Health System, Brampton
BCH Auditorium, Main Level, Rm S.1.719
2100 Bovaird Drive East
Brampton, ON L6R 3J7


Proposed By-law changes for ONIG, 2011-2012

UPDATED - October 28, 2011

The ONIG executive have been working for the last year to revise the ONIG bylaws.  This current iteration of the bylaws will be presented to the membership at the upcoming Annual General Meeting. This current iteration of the bylaws will be presented to the membership for approval at the upcoming Education Day on November 4th.  For more information on the ONIG bylaws, please feel free to contact

Mobile Health Symposium: Imagine the Possibilities of M-Health Technologies

Mobile Health Symposium:  Imagine the Possibilities of M-Health Technologies

This event hosted by Dr. Diane Doran and the NHSRU will feature guest speakers including health care clinicians  and  researchers  in  nursing,  medicine,  engineering, and computer science to discuss the relevance of mobile health care solutions for promoting safer patient care.Topics include:

National Institute in Nursing Informatics

Dr. Lynn Nagle and a number of guest faculty from across Canada will be hosting a National Institute in Nursing Informatics in Toronto, Feb. 3-5 2011. 

Currently, the three day event is scheduled to include the following curriculum items:

Moore’s Law in Healthcare

As informatics specialists (aspiring and established), we have all probably heard mention of Moore’s Law. This law describes a long-term trend in computer hardware where the number of transistors that can be placed inexpensively on an integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years. As users we have experienced that transition as we have witnessed computers evolve from room sized machines to portable laptops and tablets.

Data... data... everywhere

In the past I have been intrigued by the use of flu and cold medicine retail sales data to track seasonal health patterns.  The usage of this sales data is just one demonstration of the value of electronic data leveraged to support health care.  Along a similar vein, an article by Rosie Lombardi (Technology for Doctors Online) describes research completed by Mark Dredze and Michael J.

Mobile communication technologies in healthcare: Policy implications for both clinicians and consumers

Have the policies for the use of mobile technology in your organization kept up with the times?  The organization where I am employed is currently struggling with policy development to protect patient confidentiality without impeding information sharing.  Because of this, I was drawn to the editorial by Sara Jackson in FierceMobileHealthcare, ‘Smart Phone Bans: Does your hospital need a policy?’ 

HIMSS Position Statement on Nursing Informatics – vision for the future?

The HIMSS position statement “Transforming Nursing Practice through Technology & Informatics” was recently released and was sent to me via a colleague who is involved with the HIMSS Ontario Chapter.  The main feature of this report that caught my attention was its overall reflective tone and measured recommendations for the future.  In sum, it is (in my estimation) a well crafted blueprint for the development of nursing informatics in the co

The end of Google Health – a new opportunity?

This article from Canadian Healthcare Technology came across my desk today and I’m a little saddened that Google didn’t see the value in maintaining this free service.  I wonder if the MOHLTC would consider offering a simplified version of this tool on their website as a strategy for encouraging the engagement of Ontarians in their own health.