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Wednesday, February 10 • 10:30 - 11:30
Breakout Session: "Health Informatics and Emerging Information Technologies"

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"Information barriers in healthcare: challenges, solutions and future directions" by Tara Sampalli


Information systems and information exchange are considered key enablers to the delivery of care at all levels of the health care system. However, many challenges impede the use of information and knowledge in an effective, timely and meaningful way. Interoperability, reduced human resources and finances, adoption and change management, and privacy issues often create barriers and unnecessary boundaries for information sharing across systems, services and healthcare providers. Consequently, these challenges can lead to poor patient experiences of care and collaborative working environment specifically in the context of continuity of care, chronic disease management and multimorbidities and care transitions. Primary Health Care in Nova Scotia Health Authority has initiated several novel and small scale practical improvements to overcome these barriers to enhance patient experiences, health outcomes and collaborative environment for care teams. This talk will give an overview of the challenges in information and knowledge exchange, lessons learned, preliminary results from the initiatives launched in Primary Health Care.

"Digital Health in Action: Providing Information-centric Healthcare Services" by Dr. Samina Abidi


We present a semantic web enabled ecosystem—termed as IMPACT-AF—to computerize clinical guidelines using specialized ontologies and reasoning engines that integrate live patient data with computerized medical knowledge to generate patient-specific and knowledge-centric recommendations. Our work further extends decision support services to mobile devices through the implementation of mobile reasoning and notification engines. 

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Dr. Samina Abidi

Program Director, Research in Medicine (RIM) Program, Dalhousie University
Samina Abidi is a faculty member in Medical Informatics Program at Faculty of Medicine. She holds a PhD degree in Health Informatics Masters in Information Technology and an MD. She has a unique skill-set where she is a clinician with an expertise in health informatics. She is program director for Research in Medicine (RIM) program in Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University. She is PI for a number of CIHR and industry-funded research projects... Read More →
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Dr. Tara Sampalli

Assistant Director for Research in Primary Healthcare, Nova Scotia Health Authority
Dr. Tara Sampalli is Assistant Director for Research in Primary Healthcare, at the Nova Scotia Health Authority and Assistant Professor of Medical Informatics at Dalhousie University. Holding a Ph.D. degree in Health Informatics, Tara effectively blends research with practice bringing the novel concept of “embedded research” into healthcare. Tara’s research interests include care models for chronic disease management, patient... Read More →

Wednesday February 10, 2016 10:30 - 11:30
McInnes Room @ Dalhousie Student Union Building 6136 University Avenue, Halifax, NS, B3H 4J2, 2nd floor

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