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  • Medical students: Don't miss the Tarrant Scholarship deadline!-Scope | Alberta Medical Association
    Advocacy Immunization Other Patient Health Matters albertapatients Forms Website and login help Media Publications Member Sign in AMA member number Password Forgot your password Login help Alberta Medical Association Member Sign in AMA member number Password Forgot your password Login help About the AMA Leaders Partners Member services Patients First Home News News archives Medical students Don t miss the Tarrant Scholarship deadline Scope Medical students Don t miss the Tarrant Scholarship deadline May 9 2014 Don t forget to apply for the 2014 Tarrant Scholarship The deadline has been extended to May 31 Visit the Tarrant Scholarship to download the application form or for more information The scholarship is awarded annually to a third year medical student from the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary The Tarrant Scholarship is one of Alberta s largest unrestricted medical school undergraduate awards and provides one year s tuition and mandatory fees Website feedback News News archives October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 2015 16 Winter Holiday Hours Introducing your Member Dashboard Procedured during the two business days following issuance of IFHP eligibility The Alberta Medical Association stands as an advocate for its physician members providing leadership support for their role in the provision of quality health care About the AMA We are the AMA Mission and Vision Careers at the AMA AMA in medical history Awards

    Original URL path: https://www.albertadoctors.org/news/news-archives/tarrant-reminder-scope-05-14 (2016-02-01)
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  • Our digital distractions | Alberta Medical Association
    Simon psychologist and computer expert who observed now 33 years ago that a fundamental consequence of the ocean of data and information spawned by the digital revolution was a corresponding drop in our attention 1 The effects may be to some extent obvious but they can t be overstated As we flit from voice mail to email and who among us doesn t receive 100 or 200 of these each day and from this screen to the next one we run the risk of missing the larger point The counterpoint of every new abundance economics instructs us is a new scarcity in this case the scarcity of our time and our attention We re all about speed now depth and nuance take time It s a self perpetuating cycle Facts can change in a trice No one wants to be out of date We want our stuff hot off the press whatever its meaning As we become ever more rushed the market for depth shrivels We truly know more about less and less There s heady talk of the hive mind as we await computer spawned syntheses from the rolling just in time data that we mistake so easily for true knowledge We re all instant experts now The ethic of free rules the web and has resulted in a conflation of experts and amateurs Look up gout for instance and note the pages of half baked hunches from persons out to compete with yesteryears snake oil salesmen alongside the less common advertisements of more credible institutions it s one vast porridge The challenge of education The problems that are engendered may be nowhere more compelling than in education With all knowledge at our fingertips why learn facts Far better perhaps to access what one needs to know when one needs it The answer of course is that linking to online knowledge and I include the wheat as well as the chaff requires a set of concepts in human memory that can link constructively with our online knowledge repository How to teach in this new world is perhaps the biggest challenge facing educators in medicine and elsewhere So we are flush with facts or factoids or wishful thinking or nonsense We may have grasped however dimly that this acceleration in the volume and speed of things means something but we ve not gotten much further It s as if it is 1905 or 1910 again and we don t believe that the invention of the motor car will change our social and political lives as well as the design and workings of our cities I would argue further that although the massive collection of data and its retrieval has been of value to large scale organizations it has solved little of importance to most people and it has created at least as many problems as have been solved Witness the metadata collected by the United States of America USA National Security Agency that has made Edward Snowden a hero to

    Original URL path: https://www.albertadoctors.org/news/news-archives/our-digital-distractions (2016-02-01)
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  • Alberta’s new health charter and patient advocate | Alberta Medical Association
    advocate Recall that the act empowers the minister to a prepare a health charter and b appoint a health advocate tp c investigate complaints of non compliance which d may result in a recommendation to a person by the health advocate and e a report to the minister who f may direct the person failing to comply to g comply That s it in a nutshell So if strict compliance is required one would expect this draft charter to have some teeth This is not however the case A list of expectations The draft charter is separated into three broad sections each commencing with a partial sentence When I interact with the health system I expect that I will Taking my circumstances into account and to the best of my abilities when I interact with the health system I understand that I will be asked to and As I work to be a healthy citizen of Alberta I expect that Each of these partial sentences is followed by a list of expectations including things like be treated with dignity and respect have timely and reasonable access to safe high quality health services and care and treat health services as a valuable public resource None of these are earth shaking or even surprising and none very new or innovative Except one The last expectation relates to the expectations of a patient when interacting with the health system It reads as follows When economic fiscal and social policies are being developed by the Alberta government the impact of those policies on public health wellness and prevention will be considered and steps taken to ensure that public policy is healthy policy In other words a not so subtle reminder that we remain in a publicly funded system and that any expectations of care must be tempered by budgetary and social constraints Principles and independence In my earlier article I had anticipated a series of motherhood principles My read of the draft charter is that is exactly what Albertans will be getting We will see how the public responds Government has provided a web based consultation page by which anyone can comment Consultation closed March 3 and we will see what emerges In terms of the appointment of the health advocate the minister issued a notice of the proposed health advocate regulation in January of this year and again invited comments The proposed regulation would add to the powers of the health advocate as provided for in the act i e review of complaints and enforcement of compliance with the health charter Those additional powers would include Providing education on the charter Assisting individuals in determining appropriate resolution mechanisms to resolve concerns Informing individuals about existing health related programs and resources Assisting individuals in navigating the health care system The health advocate is empowered to establish her own procedures for the conduct of reviews and provides for certain powers to request access to policies directives or health records or other information relevant to her

    Original URL path: https://www.albertadoctors.org/news/news-archives/AB-health-charter-add-marapr14 (2016-02-01)
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  • AHS implementing MedRec | Alberta Medical Association
    a patient s complete medication list is critical to safe medication use Some patients may not be sure of what they are taking or whether they need to discuss certain medications with you as their physician However in order to provide the safest care possible ALL medication information should be communicated That is what Alberta Health Services AHS Medication Reconciliation MedRec is all about For maximum benefit MedRec should occur in all care settings All treating physicians will then have better information available when patients move between care settings allowing greater ability to prescribe the most appropriate treatment and preventing potentially harmful events from happening Part of the plan is an awareness campaign for both health care providers and public audiences Provider awareness supports integration of MedRec across transitions of care Public awareness instils in each patient the sense of shared ownership for their medication information during health care interactions As physicians you have the ability and influence to help your patients understand the importance of MedRec Resources and information are available at www albertahealthservices ca medlist To connect with someone about MedRec in your area please email medrec albertahealthservices ca James L Silvius BA MD FRCPC Provincial Medical Director Seniors Health Community Seniors Health Provincial Medical Director AHS Pharmacy Services Chair Drugs Therapeutics Committee Website feedback News News archives October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012

    Original URL path: https://www.albertadoctors.org/news/news-archives/ahs-implementing-medrec (2016-02-01)
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  • Attention medical students: You've got electives, we've got funding | Alberta Medical Association
    News News archives Attention medical students You ve got electives we ve got funding Attention medical students You ve got electives we ve got funding April 25 2014 Did you know the Alberta Medical Association s AMA s ADIUM Insurance Services Inc has helped 280 medical students with travel costs for credited electives through its Student Elective Travel Grants The application deadline for this year s travel grants is June 2 Find more information and the application form on the ADIUM Student Elective Travel Grant webpage The grants are available for AMA medical student members who are were required to travel in order to complete credited electives as part of their curriculum Ten medical students from each Alberta medical school will receive 500 to help defray the cost of their electives To date ADIUM has contributed 140 000 in travel grants to medical students in Alberta A student may apply once he she has determined his her elective s and has received written approval from their school Students may apply for each elective but no student will receive more than one grant Applications for the 2014 grant will be accepted for electives that commence between June 1 2013 and May 31 2014 Website feedback News News archives October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 2015 16 Winter Holiday Hours Introducing your Member Dashboard Procedured during the two

    Original URL path: https://www.albertadoctors.org/news/news-archives/student-travel-grant-scope0414 (2016-02-01)
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  • Learn more: AMA interim EMR advisory services | Alberta Medical Association
    longer term solutions Interim EMR Advisory Services Toll free or local call 1 855 454 8400 Physicians who have not received their full allotment of POSP funding will continue to receive funding to the maximum they are eligible to receive some until 2019 Learn more about the Funding Extension Program FEP EMR ADVISORY SERVICES 1 Support documents and tools originally developed through POSP are available at https www albertadoctors org leaders partners emrs posp implementing an emr guide Find information about Selecting an EMR Working with your EMR vendor Privacy and security management Data management Learning opportunities 2 General EMR operations Answer queries and address concerns about EMRs Direct physicians to appropriate resources including the AMA and external resources or organizations e g Alberta Health regarding billing Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner etc Answer questions about EMR vendors and advocate on AMA members behalf Support physicians moving to new clinics starting their own clinics retiring leaving the province changing to a locum and or changing EMRs Facilitate issue resolution between vendors and clinics in areas such as training support and pricing 3 Privacy and security Provide advice about Meeting Health Information Act requirements including help with Privacy Impact Assessments and amendments Dealing with suspected security breaches answer questions and help with mitigation reporting processes 4 EMR implementation data management and project management Advise members on options for data management services with their vendors Review and provide advice on vendor data management contracts as requested by members Promote the integrity of data transfer with both members and vendors Provide advice on project management EMR implementation vendor selection data transfer check lists etc Interim EMR Advisory Services Toll free or local call 1 855 454 8400 Website feedback News News archives October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June

    Original URL path: https://www.albertadoctors.org/news/news-archives/emr-advisory-services (2016-02-01)
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  • You are at risk if you run Windows XP | Alberta Medical Association
    April 11 2014 As of April 8 Microsoft will no longer provide support for Windows XP This means that there will be no more operating system updates and patches to keep your system safe and secure If you are still using Windows XP your computer system will be more vulnerable to attacks by viruses or cyber criminals Under the Health Information Act you have a responsibility to implement reasonable safeguards to protect health information from unauthorized collection use or disclosure If you fail to protect health information you could be subject to an investigation by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner How to protect yourself The best way to protect your computer is to switch to a new operating system that is actively supported by its vendor and ensure it is always current If you are not able to do so you can Not use your computer s to check email or browse the internet Disconnect your computer s from the internet entirely Avoid using Internet Explorer and use another browser such as Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome or Opera Make sure the security software you use is actively supported and maintained for Windows XP Regularly back up the data on your computer in preparation for if when your computer is infected More information is available from the SANS Institute March 2014 newsletter Website feedback News News archives October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November

    Original URL path: https://www.albertadoctors.org/news/news-archives/windows-xp-risk (2016-02-01)
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  • Help us celebrate outstanding achievements in health care | Alberta Medical Association
    and login help Media Publications Member Sign in AMA member number Password Forgot your password Login help Alberta Medical Association Member Sign in AMA member number Password Forgot your password Login help About the AMA Leaders Partners Member services Patients First Home News News archives Help us celebrate outstanding achievements in health care Help us celebrate outstanding achievements in health care April 11 2014 The Alberta Medical Association AMA is calling for nominations for Achievement Awards to recognize individuals who have contributed to the improvement of the quality of health care in our province Nominations must be submitted by Wednesday April 30 The awards will be presented at the AMA s fall 2014 annual general meeting in Calgary Visit the AMA Achievement Awards webpage for more information To request a nomination form for these awards please contact Janice Meredith Administrator Public Affairs Email Janice Meredith T 780 482 2626 ext 291 Toll free at 1 800 272 9680 ext 291 Website feedback News News archives October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 2015 16 Winter Holiday Hours Introducing your Member Dashboard Procedured during the two business days following issuance of IFHP eligibility The Alberta Medical Association stands as an advocate for its physician members providing leadership support for their role in the provision of quality health care About the AMA We are the AMA Mission and Vision

    Original URL path: https://www.albertadoctors.org/news/news-archives/outstanding-service (2016-02-01)
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