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Electronic health records

Award granted to establish e-health observatory

TORONTO - The Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (CIHR-IHSPR) and Canada Health Infoway have announced Dr. Francis Lau (pictured), University of Victoria, as recipient of the Applied Health Services and Policy Chair award in e-Health.

The Chair award in e-Health is jointly funded by Infoway and CIHR-IHSPR, and represents an exciting new partnership between the organizations. Over the next five years, the $925,000 award will enable Dr. Lau to focus his research, training and knowledge translation initiatives on the development of an e-Health observatory to monitor the effects of health information system deployment in Canada.

“Infoway is pleased to support the work of Dr. Lau through the first Applied Chair award in e-Health. His research will help build greater understanding of the benefits of electronic health record solution implementation as Canada moves forward with its vision of an electronic health record for all residents,” said Richard Alvarez, President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway.

The CHIR-IHSPR Applied Chairs in Health Services and Policy Research program aims to bridge the existing gap between researchers, decision makers and other knowledge users and to encourage mutual learning through the process of planning, disseminating and facilitating the use of new knowledge in decision-making.

The Applied Chair in e-Health aligns with CIHR-IHSPR’s strategic research priority of Health Information as well as with Infoway’s vision of a high-quality, sustainable and effective Canadian healthcare system supported by electronic health record technology.

“This Chair reflects the important contribution that e-Health research can make in supporting reform efforts of Canada’s healthcare system, by giving us a better understanding of the effects of health information systems on the quality, safety, accessibility and productivity of care.

“Understanding these effects is critical to reform efforts and encouraging clinicians to adopt e-Health solutions,” said Dr. Colleen Flood, Scientific Director of CIHR’s Institute of Health Services and Policy Research.

Applications for the program were very competitive. Dr. Lau was the sole recipient of the Applied Chair in e-Health.

“We are confidant that Dr. Lau will make valuable contributions to this area of research and look forward to the impact of his work on improving our understanding of the potential impact of health information systems in Canada,” said Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. To learn more about the Applied Chair program visit CIHR’s announcement.

About Infoway
Canada Health Infoway is an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the Federal government. Infoway jointly invests with every province and territory to accelerate the development and adoption of electronic health record projects in Canada. Fully respecting patient confidentiality, these secure systems will provide clinicians and patients with the information they need to better support safe care decisions and manage their own health. Accessing this vital information quickly will help foster a more modern and sustainable health care system for all Canadians.

About CIHR
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada’s agency for health research. CIHR’s mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian healthcare system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to nearly 12,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.