President’s Update

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I take my role as president of your medical staff association and the Vancouver Physician Staff Association seriously. One of my goals for my first year in office is to build on the important foundation built by my predecessors. Reaching all our close to 1,900 members is challenging and we know we need to enhance the profile of both the MSA and VPSA amongst the medical and surgical membership. We … Read More

Climate change is happening – What can physicians do?

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Whether you see climate change as the biggest health threat or its greatest opportunity of the 21st century, there is no doubt that global warming is already making a significant difference to our health. That was one of the messages that emerged at the first part of My Hospital Footprint. This three-part series looks at hospitals’ carbon footprints and asks how we can reduce our impact on climate change. Setting … Read More

CST Townhall provides demos as well as reassurance from earlier go-live sites

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Moving to electronic medical records has been described as the biggest transformation most physicians will experience in their lifetime. CST (Clinical Systems & Transformation) will change our work processes, our information systems, and our quality culture. It is one of the largest implementations of an electronic health record system anywhere in Canada. To help physicians prepare, VCH and VPSA co-hosted a CST Townhall on January 27. It was a chance … Read More

How to form a VPSA Engagement Task Group

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Your MSA and VPSA work to foster meaningful physician representation to better serve our community of physicians, our patients, and Vancouver Coastal Health. Our goal is to help create a culture at VCH where physicians play an active role in healthcare planning and decision making. VPSA’s Engagement Working Group (EWG) receives and reviews requests from VCH, Vancouver Acute, and Vancouver Community for launching VPSA Engagement Task Groups. The EWG reviews … Read More

CST requires a team approach to be successful

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On the heels of Providence Health Care’s CST go live in November, VCH’s Chief Information Officer Ron Quirk met with VPSA members to talk about the role technology plays in health care. It’s a topic that’s close to Quirk’s heart. Our CIO retired a few years ago, only to be lured back by a carrot that was dangled in front of him: the challenge of beginning to harmonize technology across … Read More