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Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination in schools this fall? Ontario’s 1982 legislation spurred organized opposition

March 8, 2022

This blog was written by AMS Healthcare History of Medicine and Healthcare Program 2020 project grant recipient Catherine Carstairs and her colleagues from the University of Guelph. It very nicely supports the AMS Healthcare concept that History of Medicine research can and does act as a source of lessons that shape or inform the Canadian…

A Supportive Action Plan for Patients, Caregivers and Organization

October 12, 2021

AMS Healthcare has put together this guide that outlines key messages and requests targeted to the various decision-makers and stakeholder groups with whom you may meet.

Patient and Caregiver Report on Technology and Compassion During COVID-19

October 12, 2021

Using the data gathered from our 2020 Virtual Conference: Hearing Your Voices, AMS Healthcare has compiled a set of recommendations for ensuring healthcare remains compassionate in the face of technological advancements.

Building Virtual Relationships

September 28, 2021

Drs. Alika Lafontaine and Brian D. Hodges discuss Building Virtual Relationships.

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Communities are taking the lead on vaccinating hot spots

September 22, 2021

The provincial system for booking vaccine appointments, which has been confusing and dysfunctional for many, can require resources and skills that those who are most vulnerable to contracting COVID-19 don’t always have.

Saying Goodbye on FaceTime

September 22, 2021

Participating in that call was “gut-wrenching,” Shaikh said, but she realized that to maintain the emotional stamina she would need to make it through the pandemic, she would “have to change (her) perspective.”

Virtual simulation in nursing education: Balancing care for the ‘failing heart’ and the ‘breaking heart’

September 22, 2021

Proponents of the simulations say they give students a solid foundation of technical and theoretical knowledge, but more importantly, they develop higher-level cognitive skills.

Seniors with dementia in LTC homes are using virtual reality to relive their pasts

September 22, 2021

Caregivers and researchers hope that LTC residents who visit lifelike simulations of meaningful places from their pasts will recall old memories not yet motheaten by dementia, causing them to feel a sense of wistful joy, a swell of pride and to open up to others.

Could AI make health care more human?

September 22, 2021

CHARTwatch, is a tool that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to continuously monitor the medical status of patients on Saint Michael’s General Internal Medicine unit.

‘You need not be alone anymore’: The doctor redefining palliative care

September 22, 2021

Palliative care physicians were no longer on-call consultants or experts brought in only when it became clear that a patient was forgoing curative or life-prolonging medical treatment. They became a fixture of the emergency department.

How one ER partnered with a mental-health organization to care for youth in distress

September 22, 2021

First-hand knowledge of what it’s like to struggle with mental illness and substance use – and what it takes to recover – complements the clinical expertise of the ER team.

Exploring Technologies and Their Impact on Compassionate Digital Care

August 31, 2021

Good Tech, Compassionate Care Podcast: This conversation focuses on exploring technologies and their impact on compassionate healthcare

Teaching Compassion in Digital Healthcare

August 31, 2021

Good Tech, Compassionate Care Podcast: In this conversation, Educators and Learners reflect on the challenges of teaching, and learning, compassion in this digital age.

Digital Interventions During COVID on Mental Health

August 31, 2021

Good Tech, Compassionate Care Podcast: Today’s conversation focuses on how digital interventions during COVID impacted the way we deliver compassionate care.

Compassion, Equity and Moral Courage, Reflecting on Lessons From COVID

August 31, 2021

Good Tech, Compassionate Care Podcast: A discussion on Compassion, Equity and Moral Courage and a reflection on lessons learned from COVID.

Leading with Care in a Technological Age

May 12, 2021

Dr. Jane Phillpot moderates a panel of authors including, Brian Hodges, Gillian Strudwick and Tina Martimianakis.

Vertical Aging The Future of Aging in Place in Urban Canada

February 4, 2021

On February 3rd, 2021 OpenLab and AMS  hosted a webinar to launch Vertical Aging: The Future of Aging in Place in Urban Canada and the release of the three reports.

Without Compassion, There is No Healthcare

February 3, 2021

28 outstanding Canadian healthcare leaders confront the challenges threatening our current and future healthcare system. Across a variety of domains, the authors ask, What is compassion?

Vertical Aging: Social Spaces

January 28, 2021

The design of our physical spaces matters more to psycho-social states of well-being than ever previously imagined. This report aims to understand the stock of rental apartment buildings (in Toronto) that qualify as NORCs.

Vertical Aging: The Connected Care Hub

January 27, 2021

Connected Care Hub is a mixed model of service delivery that utilizes both physical and digital supports to help seniors in NORC buildings age in place.

Vertical Aging: The Digital Neighbour Network

January 27, 2021

In order to remain at home, most seniors will need some type of support to get by. Neighbour-to-Neighbour networks may help fill that gap, especially if located within the same building or neighbourhood.

Hearing Your Voices Conference Panel 1: The power of lived experience

December 9, 2020

Hear from patient partners who share their lived experiences and offer their suggestions on what makes a compassionate digitally enabled healthcare system.

Hearing Your Voices Conference Panel 2: Is technology truly a solution?

December 8, 2020

Technology is often seen as critical to how health and healthcare evolve. This discussion explored areas where technology may be a good solution, but not the only solution. It also mentions where low-tech options might better serve patients, caregivers, and their healthcare partners.

Hearing Your Voices Conference Panel 3: Digital Health: How do we get there together?

December 7, 2020

Concerns have been raised about equity in accessing digital healthcare and ensuring patients, physicians, and providers are supported to partner in care together. This panel explored the challenges and barriers and offered insight and expertise for drivers and solutions.

Hearing Your Voices Conference Panel 4: How do we make it happen?

December 6, 2020

This panel discussed the support patients and caregivers need to fully engage with digital health technologies; the support providers need and how we prepare them for digital health technologies, and the leadership required to help us realize this future.

Nursing and compassionate care in the age of artificial intelligence

October 20, 2020

This report outlines 15 recommendations to prepare nurses and nursing students to use artificially intelligent health technologies (AIHTs) to augment the patient experience, while ensuring the delivery of quality, person-centred, and compassionate nursing care.

Empowering patients and caregivers in the era of digital health

April 7, 2020

This AMS-sponsored report is for patients and caregivers. It takes a look at health technologies (mobile apps, AI, electronic health records, etc.) to understand their benefits and risks (privacy concerns, equity and accessibility, etc.). It also explores the cultural changes needed before such technologies can be widely—and appropriately—implemented. Read it and you’ll be ready to help shape the way we incorporate digital health technologies into Canadian healthcare.

Nursing and compassionate care in a technological world

February 20, 2020

This AMS-sponsored report digs into the implications of artificial intelligence, machine learning, automation, and robotics for the future of nursing and for nurses’ ability to provide compassionate, person-centered nursing care. If you’re an RN, RPN, or NP, this report is for you.

The impact of artificial intelligence on clinical judgment

February 13, 2020

In this AMS-sponsored report, physicians and medical educators can learn about the current and potential links between AI and clinical judgment. It provides a clear explanation of how AI will likely support, but not to replace, the judgment of physicians.

Machines, ethics and equity

December 2, 2019

Dr. Jay Shaw discusses how digital technology is used in healthcare today and how its use is impacting equity and ethics in medicine.

Compassionate care in a technological world

December 2, 2019

Want to see examples of how technology is changing various professional roles in healthcare, or learn which issues we need to keep in mind in this context? View the presentation slides from this 2019 talk.

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Designing healthcare services for excellence and empathy

December 2, 2019

Check out the slides from Professor Elizabeth Teisberg’s 2019 AMS talk that explored how healthcare can achieve better value for money.

14 resources on artificial intelligence, ethics, and governance

June 5, 2019

Gathered by AMS fellow Dr. Jay Shaw, these 14 articles offer a rich overview of the issues arising from the increasing use of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare, including the management of big data.

Compassion in a technological world: Advancing AMS’s strategic aims

May 23, 2019

This 2019 roadmap contains key questions, the answers to which will shape AMS’s role as a catalyst for innovation. It provides an overview of the most transformative technologies on the horizon and explores the potential impacts and issues ahead.

AI, machine learning and the potential impacts on the practice of family medicine

May 23, 2019

Will modern medical technology give physicians more time to focus on the human and healing portion of their jobs, or will it initiate workplace surveillance, productivity measurement, and eventually supplant human physicians? This report sets the stage for leaders in family medicine to prepare themselves, the profession, and their patients for conversations about the changes to come, given the possibilities offered by technology.

Preparing for the technological revolution in healthcare

April 2, 2019

This panel discussion about technology in healthcare featured Mr. Will Falk, Dr. Stephen Klasko, Dr. Aimee van Wynsberghe, and Hon. Kelvin Ogilvie. It was moderated by Dr. Seema Marwaha and recorded at the AMS 2018 Phoenix Conference in Toronto, Ontario.

Can history improve big-bang health reform?

April 2, 2019

Learn how professional historians can help policy makers make better decisions when they’re reforming universal healthcare programs. The author also shares the skills and competencies that professional historians need to meaningfully contribute to developing better health systems and policies.

Learning from Australia to expand Canadian medicare

April 1, 2019

This paper discusses four areas where Canada might learn from Australia in order to expand its medicare program. You’ll also learn about aspects of the Australian healthcare system that Canada should avoid.

Competition in healthcare: Lessons from the UK’s experience

April 1, 2019

Learn about competition as it relates to healthcare in the United Kingdom. Understand the impact of health policy reforms on the quality, productivity, and distribution of healthcare resources across socio-economic groups.

Nurses as change agents for a better future in health care: the politics of drift and dilution

April 1, 2019

This paper takes the 70th Anniversary of the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom as an opportunity to reflect upon the strategic direction of nursing policy and the extent to which nurses can realise their potential as change agents in building a better future for health care. As published in Health Economics, Policy…

Rising inequality and the implications for the future of private insurance in Canada

April 1, 2019

Income and wealth inequality have risen in Canada since its low point in the 1980s. Over that same period we have also seen an increase in the amount that Canadians spend on privately financed health care, both directly and through private health insurance. As published in Health Economics, Policy and Law Volume 13, Special Issue…

The impact of slow economic growth on health sector reform: a cross-national perspective

April 1, 2019

This paper assesses recent health sector reform strategies across Europe adopted since the onset of the 2008 financial crisis. It begins with a brief overview of the continued economic pressure on public funding for health care services, particularly in tax-funded Northern European health care systems. As published in Health Economics, Policy and Law Volume 13,…

Why policy needs history (and historians)

April 1, 2019

Policy makers like the idea of new initiatives and fresh starts, unencumbered by, even actively overthrowing, what has been done in the past. At the same time, history can be pigeonholed as fusty and antiquarian, dealing with long past events of no relevance to the present. As published in Health Economics, Policy and Law Volume…

Medicare and the care of First Nations, Métis and Inuit

April 1, 2019

Medicare). The CHA provides for the federal transfer of funding to the provinces/territories, in exchange for provincial/territorial adherence to Medicare’s key principles of universality; comprehensiveness; portability; accessibility; and, public administration. Medicare is a decentralized health care system, managed independently by Canada’s 10 provincial and three territorial governments, allowing for regional adaptations to fit varying degrees…

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Canadian medicare: Historical reflections, future directions

April 1, 2019

This special volume reflects on how history can help us better understand current policy problems in Canadian medicare.

A successful Charter challenge to medicare? Policy options for Canadian provincial governments

April 1, 2019

In September 2016, a case went to trial in British Columbia that sought to test the constitutionality of certain healthcare-related provincial laws. In September of 2020, the challenge was struck down. Colleen Flood’s paper—written before the court’s ruling—will help you understand the legal and policy options available to Canadian lawmakers who may want to limit two-tiered healthcare if a challenge to existing laws is eventually successful. It’s a clear look at an ever-present issue that links Canadian healthcare and the judicial system.

Bitter pills: the impact of medicare on mental health

April 1, 2019

When medicare shifted mental health care into outpatient psychiatric wings, it arguably improved care for many who could now get help without enduring long-stay institutionalizations. But patients were increasingly expected to take responsibility for their own health care plans, which presented challenges that persist today. In this paper, Erika Dyck examines the tradeoffs and considers historical lessons that can contribute to today’s discussions on public policy and mental health care.

Pharmaceutical policy reform in Canada: lessons from history

April 1, 2019

Canada is the only country with a broad public health system that does not include universal, nationwide coverage for pharmaceuticals. This omission causes real hardship to those Canadians who are not well-served by the existing patchwork of limited provincial plans and private insurance. It also represents significant forgone benefits in terms of governments’ ability to…

Doctors as stewards of medicare… or not?

April 1, 2019

Learn about the small, physician-led organizations that have supported Canadian medicare over the years. Understand their common characteristics and see how physicians might become better stewards of this important program in the future.

Expanding Canadian medicare to include a pharmaceutical benefit: Lessons from Israel

April 1, 2019

This article covers seven strategies that Israel uses to manage the costs of its national pharmaceutical program. Canada has much to learn from Israel if it hopes to expand Canadian medicare to include a pharmaceutical benefit for everyone.

Space, place and (waiting) time: reflections on health policy and politics

March 28, 2019

Health systems have repeatedly addressed concerns about efficiency and equity by employing trans-national comparisons to draw out the strengths and weaknesses of specific policy initiatives. This paper demonstrates the potential for explicit historical analysis of waiting times for hospital treatment to add value to spatial comparative methodologies. As published in Health Economics, Policy and Law…

Resilience is a Journey, Not a Destination

March 28, 2019

AMS Phoenix Fellow Dr. Edward Spilg discusses his Fellowship work around physician burnout, resilience and compassionate care.

“If only someone had told us”: Transitioning to end-of-life care

March 28, 2019

Dr. James Downar frames the importance of care transitions and their connection to quality of life at the end of life. He introduces a tool he built, which identifies patients nearing the end of their lives, so care teams can discuss the care approach with these patients.

The Costs of Caring, the Reward of Resilience: an Ecological Model of Sustainability in Healthcare

March 28, 2019

AMS Phoenix Fellow Dr. Andrea Frolic, discusses her work on self-compassion for healthcare professional. The Costs of Caring, the Reward of Resilience.

Rediscovering the Human Side of Medicine: a Framework for Educating Physicians in Training

March 28, 2019

AMS Phoenix Fellow Ms. Jill Sangha, presents her Fellowship work at the AMS 2018 Conference. Rediscovering the Human Side of Medicine: a Framework for Educating Physicians in Training.

The Opioid Chapters: Stories Behind the Statistics of Opioid Use in Ontario

March 28, 2019

AMS Phoenix Fellow Dr. Seema Marwaha presents her photojournalism work investigating the opioid crisis in Ontario.

The future of medical school admissions: An Orwellian story?

March 28, 2019

What will AI’s future role in healthcare mean for medical schools and their admissions processes? Hear Dr. Mark Hanson’s Orwellian tale about how algorithms and big business may change the game and why compassion is more important than ever.

Sir William Osler 1849-1919: A Selection for Medical Students

March 27, 2019

This free download contains a selection of Sir William Osler’s address to medical graduates and his fellow physicians. Each one is a wise discussion of life, medicine, and the connection between the two.

Healthcare robots and the good life

March 27, 2019

Dr. Aimmee van Wynsberghe explains why ethics are necessary in robotic design and production, and argues that they can be used to inspire innovation instead of curtailing it. This inspiring talk will help you understand the intersection of ethics and robotic technologies. It’s appropriate for beginners and experts alike.

Is there an avatar in the house? Changing healthcare’s DNA in the age of AI

March 27, 2019

Dr. Stephen Klasko is a transformative leader and advocate for a revolution in our systems of healthcare and higher education.