Connecting – Communicating – Collaborating was the theme for the April 2011 Forum which attracted Alberta’s PCN leaders, community partners and stakeholders. PCN teams continue to enhance primary care services and many Albertans now have access to multidisciplinary teams of health professionals – they are receiving the right care from the right health professional at the right time. The 2011 Forum highlighted the many innovative programs, services and initiatives implemented by individual PCNs to better meet the local needs of patients.
April 2011 PCI Forum Program
If you were unable to attend the Forum and are interested in learning more about the partnerships and opportunities that were presented, please view the oral presentations and posters below.
Privacy Impact Assessment
Brian Hamilton, Portfolio Officer, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner
A Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) analyzes how information systems and business processes affect patient privacy and proposes ways to mitigate privacy risk. Participants will gain practical knowledge on how to successfully complete PIAs, which are mandatory in Alberta’s health sector.
Human Resources Toolkit
Michael Lawson, Resource Coordinator, PCI Program Management Office
Carolyn Penner, Human Resource Manager, Business Program Manager, Sherwood Park Primary Care Network
The HR Toolkit was created to support PCNs in their ongoing human resource needs, no matter the maturity of the PCN. We hope the use of the toolkit will help foster an environment of collaboration in which PCNs can share knowledge thus furthering the success of PCNs across the province. Workshop participants will be introduced to the content of the toolkit and encouraged to share ideas regarding areas requiring further exploration.
Evaluation Boot Camp
Judith Krajnak, Evaluation Manager, PCI Program Management Office
Evaluation Boot Camp will be presented, drawing upon the diverse evaluation activities that PCNs are engaged in at present. Ongoing opportunities to connect with others around primary care evaluation will be reviewed. Asking questions and sharing “lessons learned” is encouraged. Let’s also take this time to reflect on where we go from here!
Presentation: Overview of the Health Information Act
Brian Hamilton, Portfolio Officer, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner Alberta
All PCNs provide health services under the Health Information Act (HIA). Beginning with a review the HIA and recent amendments to the Act, this session focuses on the unique requirements of PCNs under the HIA and features a Q&A component based on questions submitted by PCN representatives.
Presentation: Its time has come - Patient Safety in Primary Care!
Dr. John Maxted, Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto
Most research on patient safety has focused on care in hospitals with limited attention to the identification and evaluation of the safety risks in primary care. Patient safety in Primary Care is a recent comprehensive publication of the scientific literature reviewed on this subject between January 1995 and 2010. is work was overseen by an Advisory Group funded by the Canadian Patient safety Institute and BC Patient Safety & Quality Council. Addressing patient safety in the delivery of primary care in Canada is crucial for the development of a long-term effective and sustainable health system based on strong primary care networks.
Abstract: Supporting Patients with Reliable Tools
Supporting Patients with Reliable Tools to Help Them Make Informed Health Decisions: Health Guide Program Implementation at Calgary West Central PCN
Lisa Bergerman, Calgary West Central PCN
Abstract: Applying a Chronic Disease Paradigm
Applying a Chronic Disease Paradigm to Safe and Effective Treatment of Tobacco Addiction
Michele Hannay, Towards Optimized Practice
Abstract: Building Healthy Communities
Building Healthy Communities
Debbie-Layne MacLeod, Calgary Rural PCN
Abstract: The Impacts of PCNs on Diabetic Patients
The Impact of Primary Care Networks on the Care and Outcomes of Patients with Diabetes
Braden Manns, MSc, FRCPC, University of Calgary
Abstract: Integrating Health Promotion into PCNs
Leading the Way in Integrating Health Promotion into Primary Health Care
Lorna Milkovich, Red Deer PCN
Abstract: Quality of Life Measures
Implementation of a Quality of Life Measure in a Centralized Primary Care Network
Brenda Young, Sherwood Park-Strathcona County PCN