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Partners in Nanaimo come together to discuss opiate use
After a recent policy change meant that opiate prescriptions would no longer be prescribed for use outside of the emergency department at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, many physicians were left wondering how they could improve their prescribing practices. When the Nanaimo Division of Family Practice was planning their second continuing medical education (CME) event, they knew it would be beneficial to focus on opiate use in their community and best prescribing practices.
Collaboration on Physician Office Integration program closes gaps in care
In a tight-knit community like Maple Ridge, good news travels fast. Faster than Dr. Ken Burns expected. Dr. Burns, a family physician and chair of the Ridge Meadows Division of Family Practice, had just delivered a healthy baby boy at his local hospital and was eager to share the news with his medical staff. By the time Dr. Burns arrived back at his clinic, his staff were already aware of the birth; they’d received the patient’s updated electronic medical record (EMR) information from the hospital moments after the baby was born.
Physicians Data Collaborative Launches New Website
The Physicians Data Collaborative (PDC) has launched its brand new website. The PDC is comprised of members of Divisions of Family Practice from around BC. The not-for-profit organization works to enable the collaborative use of clinical data to improve patient care. It aims to develop both a community and a distributed data network that are trusted by family physicians.
Visit the website to learn more.
Kootenay Boundary Collaborative Services Committee leads the way in methadone therapy for rural communities
When one of Castlegar’s leading physicians in methadone therapy retired last year, the Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice recognized the large hole that would be left in methadone therapy in the community. With their Collaborative Services Committee (CSC) partners from the Interior Health Authority, a strategy was established that would fill the gaps and strengthen care for those living with addictions.
Home Health Integration
Integrating health care is a common goal for most regions, but putting the wheels in motion can be a real struggle. By bringing together community doctors with community care providers, one BC health authority is a shining example of how integrating resources can improve health outcomes and save money.
Hospital Care Programs
Five divisions currently run a Hospital Care Program, which is intended to support physicians working in clinical practice with hospitalized patients, and to look after unattached, admitted patients.