OTN wins team quality award from 3M,
HALIFAX, N.S. – 3M Canada and CHIMA
have announced that Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) won the second
annual 3M Health Information Management (HIM) Team Quality Award
presented by the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA)
at the organization’s conference in Halifax on June 12.
“It is an honour to win this award,” said Teresa Hilton, Decision
Support Specialist, at OTN. “It recognizes our successes and boosts our
confidence to continue our endeavours.”
OTN’s project focused on data consistency and quality. The program
achieved a 90 to 98 percent alignment of customer site and system data
across all core applications.
“Recognizing the efforts people are making to improve the health
information management processes within their communities is important,”
said 3M HIS Canadian Business Leader, Brandon Brock. “We are very
pleased to support CHIMA with this national award program and offer
congratulations to all of the teams that submitted entries this year.”
CHIMA was impressed with the calibre of submissions for this prestigious
award. Not only did OTN’s Quality Customer Data Initiative demonstrate
the importance of quality data and information to achieve its
organizational vision of telemedicine (as a mainstream channel for
health care delivery and education), but it stood out as being
collaborative, progressive and innovative.
As this year’s winner, OTN presented an overview of its project to an
audience of HIM professionals from across Canada at CHIMA’s weekend
conference. OTN and the finalists received glass awards and large
professionally-designed posters of their projects to display within
their facilities. The posters will soon be published on the 3M and CHIMA
3M and CHIMA received several outstanding submissions this year,
including these finalists:
• Markham Stouffville Hospital Corporation - Harnessing Safety Measures
• Mount Sinai Hospital - Innovations in Real-Time Reporting of Quality
Data for Quality Outcomes
• North York General Hospital - HSMR as a Lens: Catching Sight of Gaps
in Quality of Care and Documentation
The award recognizes HIM professionals’ contribution to recognizable,
sustainable and transferrable quality improvements within their
organizations. The winner receives $2,500 and additional funds to
celebrate its achievement with staff members and supporters; OTN plans
to celebrate in early July.
The deadline for next year’s submission is March 1, 2011. Submission
criteria will be available on the CHIMA website in the fall.
About 3M Canada Company
Established in 1951, 3M Canada Company was one of the first
international subsidiaries opened by 3M and remains one of the largest.
3M Canada’s head office and original manufacturing site is in London,
Ontario where approximately 1,000 of the company’s 1,950 employees work.
Other Ontario plants are located in Toronto, Brockville, and Perth with
one in Morden, Manitoba. Sales offices are located in major cities
nationwide and a national service network supports customers.
CHIMA (Canadian Health Information Management Association) / ACPGIS
(Association canadienne des professionnels en gestion de l’information
sur la santé) represents more than 4,500 certified Health Information
Management (HIM) members. HIM professionals are employed in: hospitals;
in the community health and extended care sectors; government; health
and education institutions; the private sector including insurance and
pharmaceutical companies; technology vendors; and consulting firms. The
skills and knowledge of the HIM professional support the health care
system including clinical care, research and funding.
Posted June 17, 2010