The Opioid Epidemic: First Responders Tell All

The Opioid Epidemic: First Responders Tell All

This year, the University of Toronto IHI Chapter is taking part in a campaign to change the narrative associated with substance use disorders. Our vision is to highlight concepts critical to tackling stigma, empower diverse stakeholders at the center of the epidemic and recognize promising initiatives designed to support the community. Our main goal is to humanize individuals suffering from substance use disorders by committing to reducing health inequities and raising awareness.

In light of this campaign we sought to investigate the impacts of the opioid epidemic on first responders within our community. We interviewed Fire, Paramedic and Police representatives. Read more to see what they had to say.

Transforming Nursing through Knowledge: From Best Practice to Next Practice

Transforming Nursing through Knowledge: From Best Practice to Next Practice

A growing movement, the EntrepreNurse has been underway in both the EU and US to reposition and recast the nurse workforce as the innovation agents of health (care). Nurses represent the largest segment of healthcare workers and are uniquely qualified to be innovation activators, influencers, disruptors, designers, collaborators and scalers.

A Call to Mandate Patient Access to Personal Primary Care Medical Records Across Canada

A Call to Mandate Patient Access to Personal Primary Care Medical Records Across Canada

“85% of family physicians use an electronic medical record. Yet, despite this, clinicians other than the patients’ family physicians still struggle to access medical information for patients they encounter. This is exacerbated by patients’ lack of knowledge of their own medical conditions and treatments. Patients are not enabled to provide important background information to all the practitioners who manage their care.” - (Dr. Gorfinkel, Dr. Lexchin, 2018).

Using Chatbots to Innovate the Caregiver Support Space

Using Chatbots to Innovate the Caregiver Support Space

SE Health is a national social enterprise providing home care, health solutions and education. The organization constantly strives to improve quality, while staying relevant with the needs of Canadians in the digital age.

SE Health’s consumer and caregiver focused brand Elizz, have partnered with X2AI, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) startup based out of Silicon Valley, to create and market an AI-enabled Chatbot for family caregivers as part of a “Smart Family Caregiving” portfolio. Family caregivers commonly experience physical and emotional strain, yet often struggle to findan easily accessible and unbiased support system. Having access to a digital companion in the form of a Chatbot can help fill this gap by readily dialoguing with family caregivers via text messaging “24/7, with zero judgement, and zero burden”.

Building Quality Improvement Skills Through IHI's Quick Course

This year, IHI held a Quick Course workshop here in Toronto to build essential Quality Improvement skills and teach us about implementation, sustainability and spread of improvement initiatives! 

One lucky contestant won our photo contest to attend this workshop (valued at USD $500) for free! Read the article below to find out more about her experience and what she learned.