On June 8, 2018 the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR) hosted a symposium to discuss Clinical Decision Support (CDS) systems and how they could be implemented in Canada. CDS provides referring front-line physicians, such as general practitioners and emergency physicians, access to the latest referral guidelines ensuring the right tests are ordered the first time.
The meeting was a success with over 40 people in attendance. There was participation from various provincial health authorities, the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians, Choosing Wisely Canada, Canadian Health Infoway, the Canadian Institute for Health Information, the CAR Referral Guidelines Working group as well as our corporate partners and some vendors specific to the CDS market. The keynote speaker, Dr. Denis Remedios, representing the Royal College of Radiology, travelled from England to impart his knowledge and experience with CDS systems and delivered an engaging and informative presentation on the current state of diagnostic imaging guidelines and rollout of a singular CDS structure across the UK.
The CAR’s main objective was to receive expert guidance on integrating referral guidelines into CDS.
The discussions that took place and available research on CDS demonstrate that CDS systems will guide more appropriate patient care. More appropriate does not mean less care, it means having the right care provided initially. More appropriate care also means better access to timely care. Timeliness manifests itself not only for the individual but also by decreasing wait-times for Canadians.
The benefits to patients and physicians are clear. Patients receiving appropriate care leads to improved patient outcomes, reduced congestion in hospitals and medical imaging clinics and produces greater value for the system. CDS systems can also empower physicians by offering increased options for diagnostic imaging in helping to treat patients with uncommon cases.
The outcomes for the meeting include the CAR playing a leadership role in facilitating implementation of a comprehensive diagnostic imaging CDS system in Canada. There will be challenges in introducing a singular CDS solution into the Canadian health care market: however, in the coming months the CAR will engage stakeholders in the process to develop a strategy for CDS integration, which can be viable.
Dr. Martin Reed
Chair, Referral Guidelines Working Group
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Are you interested in making a difference in radiology in Canada? Want to be more involved with national initiatives impacting your profession? The CAR is seeking individuals to come forward and express their interest in becoming part of the CAR Board of Directors. There are two available positions for Ontario and Saskatchewan. Read More
In the coming month, the CAR will be establishing a membership working group. The purpose of this working group is to help in enhancing the value proposition of membership and to offer valuable input from our members into future initiatives. The time commitment would be limited to approximately one hour per month. There would be exceptions for larger projects and campaigns. If you are interest, we want to hear from you. Please forward your information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earlier this month, the CAR joined the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua). ISQua is an essential resource for policy makers, leading patient safety agencies, health care workers and various health professional around the world. By joining ISQua, the CAR is continuing its ongoing commitment to providing high quality accreditation services for mammography in Canada. Read More
The CAR is developing a customized learning management system (LMS), exclusively available to its members. The platform will feature innovative eLearning opportunities from global leaders in radiology on emerging trends and technologies, ways to improve patient care, strengthen leadership and business acumen in radiology. The CPD activities on the platform will equip CAR members with the information, knowledge, and strategies needed to advance the radiology profession. Read More
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Congratulations to our newest members of the CAR Board of Directors! Please welcome the following individuals as your national representatives:
Dr. Lindsay Cherpak
Dr. Marta Hernanz-Schulman
Dr. Daniel Petrie
Dr. Pierre Bourgouin Read More
By Bruce B. Forster MSc, MD, FRCPC
Professor and Head
Department of Radiology
UBC Faculty of Medicine
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The CAR recognized the inaugural class of Fellows of the Canadian Association of Radiologists. Recognition as a Fellow of the CAR demonstrates a history of service to the Association and the profession of radiology as a whole.
Please join us in welcoming Natalie St-Pierre, Director, Marketing and Communications to the CAR team. Natalie is a seasoned professional with over 18 years’ experience in the healthcare field and a depth of knowledge in marketing, communications and advocacy. Formerly employed in senior management roles with the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants and Canadian Blood Services Read More
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