How can we use AI to improve primary health care? To address COVID-19? Opportunity to participate in a study

The Upstream Lab at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, ON is conducting a virtual study to understand what patients, providers, and health system leaders think about the use of AI technology in primary health care settings. Participants will identify priority areas for research and development in this area through four progressive rounds of dialogue with other primary care stakeholders.

We are inviting primary care providers currently practicing in any Canadian primary health care setting to participate. Knowledge of AI is not required. There are no restrictions by practice location or health profession; we welcome the participation of both physician and non-physician primary care providers.

By agreeing to participate in this study, you will be asked to:

  1. attend at least one 90-minute virtual group discussion session, called a dialogue. Dialogues will be hosted on a weekday in September and October; multiple times are available. All participants are welcome to participate in up to three sessions.
  2. complete a 30-minute online informational module.
  3. complete a short survey at the end of each session about your experience.

Your participation in this study is completely voluntary and you can withdraw at any time. Your decision to participate, not participate, or withdraw from the study will not affect your employment. Information collected for this study will be used for research purposes only and will be kept confidential unless required by law.

If you are interested in participating in this study or learning more, please contact Tara Upshaw, the coordinator for this study, at (416) 864-6060 (ex. 77468), or send an email to tara.upshaw@utoronto.ca.

Summer Learning Series Session 4 (July 28): Quick COVID-19 Primary Care Surveys: Clinician and Patient Experiences in the Pandemic

The Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations Network (PIHCIN) and the Pan-Canadian Patient Advisory Council are pleased to host the fourth session in a series of summer learning seminars on primary care on July 28, 2020.

On March 19, 2020, The Green Center, in partnership with the Primary Care Collaborative, launched a weekly quick clinician survey to better understand the response and capacity of US primary care practices to COVID-19. In early May 2020, they also began the COVID-19 patient primary care survey seeking to understand the experiences of patients seeking primary care in the pandemic. In collaboration with the Green Center, the Strategy for Patient Oriented Research in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation Network (SPOR-PIHCIN) has launched parallel pan-Canadian surveys. 

Dr. Rebecca Etz and panelists will discuss the key findings from the Quick COVID-19 Primary Care Surveys. They will explain how these results are being used to inform policy that could positively influence the lives of primary care clinicians. The clinician survey is now being done in the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

Learn more: http://spor-pihci.com/summer-learning-series-session-4-quick-covid-19-primary-care-surveys-clinician-and-patient-experiences-in-the-pandemic/

The full slate of webinars in this series is listed here, with links for registration: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1To_2X_I3VKwYm0A-NTrSmB-bfLDWv8ao/view

Summer Learning Series Session 3 (July 14): Making the Invisible Visible: The Power of Patient and Community Partnerships

The Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations Network (PIHCIN) and the Pan-Canadian Patient Advisory Council are pleased to host the third session in a series of summer learning seminars on primary care. This session, on July 14, 2020, will be a series of short presentations by members of the Advisory Council on their experiences with being partners in primary care research. The four initial presentations will be followed by an interactive Q & A session with the remaining Advisory Council acting as panel members moderated by the Executive Director of the Network Coordinating Office, Gillian Bartlett. This interactive seminar is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in partnering with patients and community members in primary care and will cover topics from practical advice to impactful testimonials. Everyone is welcome but registration is mandatory.

Learn more: http://spor-pihci.com/summer-learning-series-session-3-making-the-invisible-visible-the-power-of-patient-and-community-partnerships/

The full slate of webinars in this series is listed here, with links for registration: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1To_2X_I3VKwYm0A-NTrSmB-bfLDWv8ao/view

Power of Population Data Science Webinar July 15 – Achieving quality primary care EMR data: A description of CPCSSN data in Alberta

The proliferation of electronic medical record (EMR) systems in healthcare settings has created an opportunity for these data to be reused for a variety of secondary purposes. Because EMR data are generated for clinical care and administrative functions, they may not be suitable for all intended secondary uses. Assessing EMR data quality is essential to determine whether the data are ‘fit-for-purpose’ and to help identify potential biases and limitations.

This July 15, 2020 webinar will introduce participants to primary care EMR data from Alberta that are collected as part of the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN). CPCSSN is a pan-Canadian collaboration that extracts de-identified EMR data from primary care settings across the country and makes these data available for research and surveillance. The national CPCSSN database contains information from nearly 2 million patients and over 1,500 primary care providers. We will describe the full data lifecycle of CPCSSN data in Alberta including data capture, extraction, and processing. We will then provide a summary of the data quality for select data elements and discuss the advantages and limitations of these data. This webinar is intended to provide more comprehensive and technical information for prospective CPCSSN data users or for those interested in learning how raw EMR data from clinical practice are transformed into useable datasets for analysis.

Learn more: https://www.popdata.bc.ca/events/etu/PPDS_Webinars_Jul15_2020

Summer Learning Series Session 2 (June 23): Preparing for the Post-COVID World Using Primary Care Data

In the wake of COVID-19, primary care systems across Canada have shut down, adapted, or transformed rapidly. For many patients, particularly those who experience complex healthcare needs, this disruption has created gaps and left them uncertain about future care. Frontline primary care providers and health system decision makers are facing the challenge of how best to shape practice and policy to address this. On June 23, 2020, Dr. Andrew Pinto and panelists will discuss how primary care data may be a valuable tool to appropriately prioritize and respond to patient needs as primary care systems emerge beyond the peak of COVID-19.

Learn more: http://spor-pihci.com/summer-learning-series-session-2-preparing-for-the-post-covid-world-using-primary-care-data/

Summer Learning Series Session 1: The State of Art for Primary Care Research

The SPOR PIHCI network and the Saskatchewan SPOR PIHCIN are pleased to host the first session in a series of summer learning seminars on primary care on June 16, 2020. This session will start with a presentation exploring primary care research, the role PIHCIN plays in promoting primary care and how this might evolve within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The presentation will be followed by an interactive Q & A session with invited panel members. This interactive seminar is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in primary care to gain a greater understanding of the current Canadian primary care research environment with a glimpse into what the future might look like. Everyone is welcome but registration is mandatory.

Learn more: http://spor-pihci.com/summer-learning-series-session-1-the-state-of-art-for-primary-care-research/

Canadian Quick COVID-19 primary care survey (week 7) is now LIVE

The SPOR PIHCI Network, in partnership with the Larry A. Green Center, has now launched week 7 of the Canadian Quick COVID-19 Primary Care Survey.

This 3 minute survey aims to better understand response and capacity of Canadian primary care practices to COVID-19. It is open to all primary care clinicians across Canada until June 8. You can sign up to receive the survey directly every Friday.

Results of the survey are available on the SPOR PIHCI Network website and will be updated regularly.

Canadian Quick COVID-19 Primary Care Survey initial results

On Friday April 10, the SPOR PIHCI Network, in partnership with the Larry A. Green Center, launched Series 1 of the weekly Canadian Quick COVID-19 Primary Care Survey. An invitation to participate was distributed to primary care clinicians across the country. Results of the first two survey cycles are available on the SPOR PIHCI Network website, and weekly invitations to participate will be provided there.

Public Lecture: Investigating the current and potential use of EMR data for primary health care performance measurement across Canadian jurisdictions

Erica Barbazza, Visiting Researcher, Canadian Institute for Health Information and University of Toronto, will present draft findings and a preliminary analysis from 9-10am PST on Tuesday April 28th 2020.

This public lecture is organized by the North American Observatory on Health Systems and Policies of the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.

Event details and registration.