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ITCH 2015: February 26 - March 1, 2015 at the Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria, BC, Canada

Driving quality in informatics: Fulfilling the promise

Boundless possibilities through technology: Whither healthcare in Canada and internationally?

Professor Stephen Hawking’s thoughts, expressed in his iconic voice,  “We learned to talk, we learned to listen, we unleashed imagination!” motivates this year’s ITCH conference. We explore international, and largely unmet, commitments to patient-centered care. We wonder what may have made the difference in other spheres which might also radicalize healthcare.

National and international papers are invited under three strands, with guiding themes, aiming to realize the advances of ICT applied to healthcare.

I. Patients talking
Here, papers from patients themselves would be especially welcome. Concern is not the formal style, but illustrations of how patients can communicate with clinicians and planners, via their own stories and insights. Themes may include: The patient’s role in care, Use of patient data by patients themselves

II. The profession listening
Those working in Health Informatics know its importance. But that view is not always shared by clinicians, planners, even patients. Papers - changing minds at local, national and international level - are encouraged and themes may include: Focusing on outcomes, not technology

III. Services unleashing imagination
Academic concepts and professional adjustments are all very well. But what’s really putting patients at the centre in direct care? Themes may include: Patient-centred health systems, Personalized health
Consumer informatics, Improving safety and quality

This conference is presented by the School of Health Information Science.

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