Wolters Kluwer Health Convenes Expert Panel to Explore the Impact of Evidence-Based Medicine on Healthcare in Canada

Waltham, MA – (November 21, 2013) – Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, brought together a panel of distinguished physician administrators from Canada’s leading healthcare institutions for a series of regional seminars that explored the impact of evidence-based medicine on the country’s healthcare system. Entitled “Advancing the Practice of Evidence-Based Medicine — The Role of Clinical Decision Support in Improving Patient Outcomes,” the invitation-only seminar series took place in Montreal, Toronto and Halifax November 11-14, 2013.

Panelists shared with hospital executives and clinicians their firsthand experience on how the combination of evidence-based clinical decision support, electronic health records, and clinical best practices is being used to standardize treatment and improve care.

“Each of our distinguished panelists brought a unique perspective on how the use of health IT has advanced the practice of evidence-based medicine while generating improvements in patient outcomes, provider satisfaction, and the efficiency of care,” said David Rind, MD, Co-Executive Editor, UpToDate at Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions, who is responsible for implementation of evidence-based medicine, including the use of evidence grades when making recommendations.
Rind, who also trains physician editors in interpreting and critiquing evidence in medical literature, was joined on the panel by:

  • Luc Valiquette, MD, Chief Clinical Officer of the Technological Transition at the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal, and Professor and Director of the Department of Surgery at the Université de Montréal.
  • John Machado, MD, Managing Director of the Complexe Desjardins Urban Medical Centre and Health Technology Vitrine in Montréal.
  • Jeremy Theal, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer and a gastroenterologist at Toronto’s North York General Hospital and physician lead on the hospital’s “eCare” project, which has won national and international awards for its use of health IT to improve the quality and safety of patient care.
  • Candice Silversides, MD, Head of Obstetric Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, Director of Research at the Toronto Congenital Cardiac Centre for Adults, University Health Network, Vice President of the Canadian Adult Congenital Heart Network and medical advisor to the Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance.
  • Mary-Ann Hiltz, CHIM, MHA, CHE, Vice-President, Strategy & Organizational Performance at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax.

“It was rewarding to hear from clinicians and administrators how easy access to evidence-based clinical decision support has improved efficiency, quality of care, and clinician satisfaction in Canada,” Rind added.