Website launched for orthopaedics in
CALGARY – The Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute
(ABJHI) has launched the first website in Alberta to provide care paths
that describe the course of events and actions to deliver optimal
orthopaedic care to patients. The paths cover the entire continuum of
care from primary through to rehabilitation.
The ABJHI website also provides healthcare professionals with templates
that for the first time in Alberta standardize the collection and
reporting of orthopaedic patient information.
In addition, the website now offers physicians and other healthcare
professionals access to expedited reviews of evidence on health
technologies and procedures used in orthopaedic care.
The evidence reviews will be a tool that surgeons, specialists and
family doctors can use to assess current medical literature on
orthopaedic technologies and procedures, and to help make choices based
on the latest evidence when developing a course of treatment for their
patients. The reviews will also be accessible by health regions, which
search out evidence to help guide policy decisions related to
prevention, diagnosis and treatment services available under public
“Obtaining, synthesizing and communicating evidence are primary roles of
the ABJHI,” said Dr. Ron Zernicke, Executive Director of the ABJHI.
“Decisions about what is safe and effective for patients should be based
on the best evidence available worldwide, in combination with sound
“The ABJHI has developed an appraisal system that expedites the search,
evaluation and reporting of evidence,” said Dr. Zernicke. “Physicians
and other healthcare professionals, as well as public health regions,
will have secure access via our website to up-to-date reports on health
technologies and procedures in orthopaedics.”
The ABJHI now provides care paths for hip and knee problems, which are
growing as Alberta’s population ages. Care paths are being developed for
other orthopaedic conditions, such as back and spine problems, which are
among the major causes of doctor visits.
The new templates are a critical first step toward creating a common
electronic medical record system to support an integrated orthopaedic
service delivery network across Alberta. A common electronic medical
record system would replace the assortment of stand-alone systems, some
still paper-based, used by orthopaedic healthcare professionals. It
would provide the data to evaluate and monitor orthopaedic demand,
services and procedures, helping to match resources to demand and
identify areas that require improvement.
About the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute
The Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute is a not-for-profit
organization dedicated to creating and maintaining a standard of bone
and joint health and healthcare that is the best in the world. The
ABJHI’s work is focused on improving access to and enhancing the quality
and efficiency of care, advancing research and knowledge, and promoting
prevention and wellness.