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Digital Health Enabling Integrated Care SIG

Aims: To develop a clear understanding of the role digital solutions play in the delivery of integrated care, while creating a platform for an engaged group to share knowledge around available technologies and methods as a means to further the field and enable the spread of effective digital health solutions across organisational and geographic boundaries.

Objectives: The aims of this group are aligned with critical dimensions of the digital solution life-cycle including needs assessment, development, evaluation, and implementation of digital technologies.

  • Develop a better understanding of how digital health supports integrated care, linking technology functions to activities of integrated care.
  • Share novel and innovative approaches used to design and evaluate digital technologies. For example, how to adopt co-design in an agile development environment, or adopting ethnographic approaches to evaluation.
  • Identify useful implementation frameworks and/or guidelines to support wide spread adoption of digital technologies to enable integrated care. Particular focus on sharing learning on business case development to support sustainability and spread of digital technologies
  • Develop a curated list of digital solutions that enable integrated care to enable sharing available technologies for piloting, testing, and adoption across organizational and geographic boundaries.

Activities: The SIG will establish sub-groups which will tackle each of the four objectives (Alternately, the SIG could address each aim in sequence, depending on membership and available resources):

  • Develop a better understanding of how digital health supports integrated care, linking technology functions to activities of integrated care.
  • Share novel and innovative approaches used to design and evaluate digital technologies. For example, how to adopt co-design in an agile development environment, or adopting ethnographic approaches to evaluation.
  • Identify useful implementation frameworks and/or guidelines to support wide spread adoption of digital technologies to enable integrated care. Particular focus on sharing learning on business case development to support sustainability and spread of digital technologies
  • Develop a curated list of digital solutions that enable integrated care to enable sharing available technologies for piloting, testing, and adoption across organizational and geographic boundaries.

Get Involved: This SIG would seek to have a wide IFIC membership with representation from research and academia, health care management, front line providers, government authorities/policy makers, patients and families, as well as private industry partners. Members would have a background in the development, adoption and/or evaluation of digital health solutions in models of integrated care, and/or general interest in learning more or contributing to the topic.

For more information contact Carolyn Steele Gray via Carolyn.SteeleGray@sinaihealthsystem.ca

Facilitated by:

Carolyn Steele Gray

Scientist at Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute and Assistant Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation in the University of Toronto.
Email: Carolyn.SteeleGray@sinaihealthsystem.ca

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