Wave 2 Launch Event in Lacombe and Red Deer

Implementation of Connect Care takes a phased approach, with each implementation wave bringing Alberta Health Services closer to becoming the most integrated and accessible healthcare system in Canada. The first wave launches in November, 2019, bringing the University of Alberta Hospital, Stollery Childrens Hospital, Mazankowski Heart Instituted and all eCLINICIAN clinics to full clinical information system (CIS) implementation.

After a short period for review and optimization, a second wave launches a year from now at select sites in the Calgary and Central Zones.

Operational and clinical leaders gathered in Lacombe April 24 for an energizing introduction to wave 2 readiness preparations. Demonstrations gave attendees a tangible sense of how clinical care, including medical device use, bridge to Connect Care.

Later in the day, zone physicians gathered in Red Deer to see the emerging CIS and discuss how to take advantage of workflow-enhancing mobile solutions. Super User and Area Trainer roles were promoted, with the Central Zone ACMIO, Dr. Steven Turner eager to hear from interested physicians.


How Connect Care will Affect Us

Everyone wants to know: how will Connect Care affect me?

To anticipate what is coming, we have developed a "Day in the Life" poster series with short vignettes highlighting impacts for a wide range of clinical and support roles. These are available for download on the Alberta Health Services intranet (Insite)... worth checking from time to time as the collection grows and improves. Two directly relate to physician experiences:

Thanks to those willing to be showcased, these posters feature real Alberta Health Services providers in their everyday roles, showing how Connect Care can affect (and improve!) workflows. Patient and family stories are also featured. We hope to accrue 60 or more posters, featuring situations just like yours.

You are encouraged to download, print (both colour and black-and-white versions available) and share the posters among colleagues. If you have any suggestions for enhancements or additions, please email connectcare@ahs.ca.


Back Again!

Outward facing Connect Care communications took an (invited) break during the weeks immediately leading up to today's provincial election. We've missed sharing through this blog!

Back again, we'll resume daily postings about topics of interest to Connect Care users. Remember that there are other communications channels more attuned to specific interests; including medical leadership, clinical system design, medical informatics, primary care and clinical builders.


Connect Care April 2019 Calendar

A summary of key Connect Care happenings in April 2019 has been posted to the Alberta Health Services (AHS) internal Connect Care website, linked below.

High priority activities include robust testing in many areas to ensure that the intended workflows can be supported. Scaleable data centres are readied for activation next month. Credentialed trainer preparation continues and recruitment begins for Super Users and Area Trainers.