Capital Health team wins national leading practice award

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 4:06pm

An electronic data management system for patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) has been recognized with a national LEADing practice award through Canada Health Infoway. The award was presented to Barbara Currie and Kelly Phalen-Kelly on Friday, Feb. 28 in Toronto. 
The two are part of a team that wanted to find a better way to manage their patients’ complex care needs. When they realized the kind of database they wanted either didn’t exist or was far too expensive, they didn’t give up. They worked with IT to explore possible in-house solutions and in 2009, the team negotiated with Cancer Care Nova Scotia to adapt their provincial database application (CCASPER). 
Demonstrating considerable ingenuity, this in-house developed solution was built utilizing existing resources and represents the first Capital Health clinician-driven database launched via the clinical PORTAL. This project was also recognized in 2013 by Capital Health with a bronze Quality Award. 
The project team includes: Barbara Currie RN MN NP, Kelly Phalen-Kelly RN MHSc NP, Mary Eileen MacPhail RN BScN, Diane MacLean RN BScN, Clay Pye, Shelley Brown RN BScN, Robert Parliament, Dr. Donald MacIntosh, Dr. Desmond Leddin, Brian Butt, Gina Goris-Slaunwhite, Michelle Baker, Madeline Claire, Jennifer Stewart RN CCRP, Shari Smith CCRP, Kaleigh MacIsaac and Linda Simpkin. 
The LEADing Practice Initiative is part of the Knowing is Better than Not Knowing national clinician education campaign developed to advance the awareness and adoption of interconnected electronic health information systems. In collaboration with Accreditation Canada, the initiative seeks to demonstrate the use and benefits of technology by identifying and showcasing LEADing practices across Canada.