The Cochrane Report

The Cochrane Report

The report recommends a way forward from the current position. This includes the rapid assessment of the functional requirements of delivering care, and the reaffirmation or refinement of these needs in an expeditious manner. —Dr. Doug Cochrane

Message from our Board Chair

On behalf of the Island Health Board of Directors, I am pleased to accept the report and recommendations completed by Dr. Doug Cochrane on the early functioning of our IHealth system implementation.

The Board’s plan now is to work through the recommendations with physicians, clinical teams and Island Health leaders and chart our course forward.

The work that has been done to prepare Island Health to implement an electronic health record including a cross continuum of clinical systems is ground breaking and will change the way care is delivered on Vancouver Island, in the Province and potentially across the country. This work has been hard and I applaud our clinical teams, physicians, front line staff and leaders for your efforts to navigate our organization through this important work.

As noted by Island Heath President and CEO Dr. Brendan Carr in his message to employees and our physician partners, the report contains 26 recommendations all of which will help us refine our processes and continue on our journey to provide our patients with the highest level of safe, quality care.

I would like to thank Health Minister Terry Lake and our colleagues at the Ministry of Health for their ongoing support since we began the IHealth journey. I would also like to acknowledge and thank Dr. Doug Cochrane for leading the review and making recommendations that will allow us to implement one of the safest, most efficient and integrated health and care systems in the country.

Thank you to each and every one of our staff and physician colleagues for continuing to maintain high quality service, support and care in all communities across Island Health while this transformation has been ongoing, particularly those working in Nanaimo.

Thank you
Don Hubbard
Board Chair Island Health

Expression of Interest

This invitation is being sent on behalf of the Revalidation Oversight Committee Chairs:
Dr. Lynn Stevenson, Associate Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health and
Dr. Dorothy (Sam) Williams, Island Health’s Health Authority Medical Advisory Committee Chair

We are inviting Expressions of Interest from staff and physicians at NRGH, OHC and Dufferin to participate in the Revalidation Oversight Process. Please indicate your interest in participating by completing the Expression of Interest – Revalidation form and submitting it by February 7, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Nurses, Clinicians, and Allied Health:

Physicians & Ordering Providers

Frequently Asked Questions

What is IHealth?
Are we modelling IHealth and the EHR after other health authorities or healthcare systems? Has it been tried anywhere else?
Why was the system reviewed?
Who conducted the review and wrote the report?
Who was interviewed for the review?
Were doctors and other clinical staff consulted before IHealth was implemented?
Was implementation of IHealth slowed while the review was underway?
What did the review find?
Has NRGH leadership reviewed the report and recommendations?
Have physicians seen the report?
Is Island Health accepting of the report and its recommendations?
Is Island Health confident in the use of IHealth?
What are next steps?
Will use of the system be paused?
Which recommendations are the priorities, and what is the timeline to implement priority recommendations?
Will the ICU and ED immediately fully implement the use of IHealth?
What additional costs will be incurred to implement the report?
How will the review and its recommendations be used for future site implementation?

Backgrounder on IHealth

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