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Connect Care Sequencing Update – September 2021

Due to the demands and impacts of the rapidly increasing COVID-19 cases across the province, there has been a serious increase in demand for care in acute and critical care settings. AHS leadership has made the decision to temporarily delay upcoming Connect Care launches, including Wave 4 scheduled for November 7, 2021 and Wave 5, planned for May 2022.

Delaying our Connect Care launches helps ensure our staff, physicians and leaders are able to focus on delivering care to patients who need acute and critical care at this time.

We are currently assessing the situation in order to determine our new wave rollout plan. Firm dates for subsequent launches will be communicated once we know more. Connect Care continues to be one of our highest organizational priorities and is not being cancelled.


Connect Care

With the help of a shared provincial clinical information system, the Connect Care initiative will help improve patient outcomes and support consistent use of health information across Alberta. It will replace nearly 1,300 clinical information systems currently in place across Alberta Health Services (AHS).

When fully implemented, Connect Care will help physicians do their best possible work and focus on providing care.

About Connect Care

What is Connect Care?
Through a common provincial clinical information system, Connect Care will enable consistent practices across Alberta and will improve the care we provide for patients and their families.

The whole healthcare team, including patients, will have the best possible information throughout the care journey. Healthcare will be improved for both patients and healthcare providers.

Why should physicians care about Connect Care?

Connect Care will allow physicians to conveniently access clinical records and tools anywhere, anytime. This includes things like schedules, patient panels, team communications, order co-signs, clinical images and minor procedure documentation.

The Clinical Information System (CIS) brings together everything a clinician needs to get work done, including decision support, communication, dictation, image management, and tools for quality improvement, research and teaching resources.

Connect Care will also streamline work and provide better care coordination and better connections with patients, caregivers and plans. Physicians will also have the opportunity to personalize elements of the system, aligning their ways of working with a common process or goal.

How can physicians participate in Connect Care?

Connect Care relies on the support and input of physicians to realize these benefits. Diverse physician contributions have proved invaluable to Connect Care groundwork, direction setting, system design and validation.

Through testing, training and readiness activities, new types of physician contributions will help keep Connect Care on course through implementation and optimization. There are many leadership roles that physicians bring to the Connect Care initiative, and many more contributions that are embedded in everyday clinical practice.

To learn more about the different opportunities please see the Connect Care Clinician Handbook: Physician Participation.

Contacts

The Chief Medical Information Office is eager to hear from clinicians and other stakeholder communities. General inquiries? Contact cmio@ahs.ca

Chief Medical Information Officer, Interim

Associate Chief Medical Information Officers

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