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Wednesday, February 10


Registration & Silent Auction Opens

When you arrive at the Dalhousie Student Union Building, follow the stairs to the second floor where you will find our Registration desk. Sign-in to the 2016 Information Without Borders Conference and receive your gift bag.

Once registered, enjoy a continental breakfast and visit our Silent Auction in the McInnes Room. Proceeds from our Silent Auction help to support future IWB Conferences.

Wednesday February 10, 2016 08:00 - 09:00
McInnes Room @ Dalhousie Student Union Building 6136 University Avenue, Halifax, NS, B3H 4J2, 2nd floor


Welcome and Opening Remarks
Welcoming remarks will be made by the Information Without Borders Committee Co-Chairs, Tess Grynoch and Chantel Ridsdale.

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Tess Grynoch

Co-Chair, Information Without Borders Conference Committee
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Chantel Ridsdale

Co-Chair, Information Without Borders Conference Committee
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Dr. Carolyn Watters

Vice President Academic & Provost, Dalhousie University
Dr. Carolyn Watters brings experience and vision to the role of provost and vice-president, academic at Dalhousie. Since becoming a member of the university's senior leadership team in 2011, Dr. Watters has focused on meeting the needs of faculty and students while growing Dalhousie's academic reputation internationally. | | A Computer Science professor who previously served as dean of graduate studies, Dr. Watters draws on academic... Read More →

Wednesday February 10, 2016 09:00 - 09:15
McInnes Room @ Dalhousie Student Union Building 6136 University Avenue, Halifax, NS, B3H 4J2, 2nd floor


Opening Keynote: "Profiling the HIM Profession and Information Governance"

The Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) was founded in 1942 to provide a forum for Health Information Management (HIM®) professionals to share their expertise. CHIMA’s federal charter was obtained in 1949. The Canadian College of Health Information Management (CCHIM) was federally chartered in 1972 to maintain the academic standards and professional certification of the HIM profession. Never has the quality of health care data been more important to ministries and the health care system across the country as it is today. It is imperative that the data captured is of the upmost quality. The health ministries and industry require and must have confidence in the data and information.
The CHIMA certified Health Information Management (HIM) profession is a nationally recognized and self regulated profession that is educated in all aspects of the science and lifecycle of health records; information management; data collection, coding, and classification systems; data analysis, interpretation and use.

Certified HIM professionals play an essential role in the health care system with a focus on the entire lifecycle of the health record of the population served by ministries of health across Canada. This includes the transition to and maintenance of the electronic health record (EHR), a focus on data quality, clinical coding, decision support, record completeness and accuracy. All of this expertise supports high quality and timely data and information for health care planning / delivery, decision making at all levels (clinical, administrative and financial) and the privacy, confidentiality and security of the health record in all mediums and formats. Certified HIM professionals are a key resource to the success of and a vital and valued team member of the health care system.
In 2009 and 2014, two pan-Canadian Health Informatics (HI) and Health Information Management (HIM) human resource sector studies were conducted.

Objectives of the HI/HIM 2014 Sector Study Report:
1. Estimate hiring requirements from 2014 to 2019
2. Identify HI and HIM professional roles at risk of human resource and skills shortage

The published studies conclude that there is a looming shortage of HIM professionals. The studies also show an alarming gap in skills required for today’s complex coding of clinical information and the development of standards for the HIM lifecycle that will support the implementation and maintenance of the EHR. The HIM human resource shortage and skills gap will create a crisis across Canada as each Province/Territory struggles to manage the ever increasing demand for more timely quality coded data, data analysis, interpretation and decision making. Canada is already experiencing a demand for more HIM professionals with the skill sets necessary for clinical coding and the successful implementation of the EHR.

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Gail Crook, CHE, CHIM

CEO and Registrar, Canadian Health Information Management Association
Gail has been a certified member of the Canadian College of Health Information Management since 1982. She is also been a certified member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders since 1999. Gail has an extensive background in developing and applying the principles of privacy and security of patient records; the collection, dissemination and quality of health information; and work experiences regarding the transition to the Electronic... Read More →

Wednesday February 10, 2016 09:15 - 10:15
McInnes Room @ Dalhousie Student Union Building 6136 University Avenue, Halifax, NS, B3H 4J2, 2nd floor


Coffee Break
Wednesday February 10, 2016 10:15 - 10:30
McInnes Room @ Dalhousie Student Union Building 6136 University Avenue, Halifax, NS, B3H 4J2, 2nd floor


Breakout Session: "Health Informatics and Emerging Information Technologies"
"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


Breakout Session: "Information Managers and Evidence-Based Health Decisions"
"Supporting Evidence-based Decision-making for Needs-based Health Systems Planning" by Dr. Annette Elliott Rose


The purpose of this presentation is provide an overview of the research, evaluation and capacity building work of the World Health Organization/Pan-American Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning and Research in the School of Nursing at Dalhousie University.  Strategies for effective knowledge translation will be highlighted using examples of successful projects from the Collaborating Centre.

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Dr. Leslie Anne Campbell

Associate Professor, Dalhousie University
Dr. Campbell is a health services researcher and Assistant Professor with the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University. She is the inaugural Sobey Family Child and Adolescent Mental Health Outcomes Chair. Dr. Campbell’s research interests include population screening and early intervention in resource-constrained settings, primarily in the area of mental health. Drawing upon her clinical experience and diverse... Read More →
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Dr. Annette Elliott Rose

Research Associate, WHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning and Research, School of Nursing, Dalhousie University
Annette Elliott Rose, RN PhD is a Research Associate, World Health Organization/Pan-American Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning and Research in the School of Nursing at Dalhousie University. Her research interests focus on how integrated care delivery systems support sustainable, accessible health care based upon a broad understanding of health and based upon population health needs. Annette recently completed... Read More →

Wednesday February 10, 2016 10:30 - 11:30
Myers Room (224) @ Dalhousie Student Union Building 6136 University Avenue


Student Speaker: "Alternate routes for the transfer and development of health information"
Nora will present her research related to the IWB 2016 topic, "Managing Health Information: Technologies and Strategies for the 21st Century."

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Nora McGruer

Noramay McGruer is a first year MLIS student from St. John’s, Newfoundland, currently employed as a circulation desk assistant at the Killam Memorial Library. She received a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Memorial University, presenting a paper at the AAUEC in the final year of that degree. Nora is interested in health science librarianship, special libraries and collections, and the role of active engagement in the... Read More →

Wednesday February 10, 2016 11:30 - 11:50
McInnes Room @ Dalhousie Student Union Building 6136 University Avenue, Halifax, NS, B3H 4J2, 2nd floor


Lunch and Student Poster Competition
Lunch will be served in the McInnes Room. During this session, graduate students will present posters related to the conference theme and to the wider field of Information Management. The Silent Auction will be open until the end of lunch.

Student Poster Competition

"Interface Design Models Based on Psychological Theories" by Ghdeer Tashkandi

Patient portals websites facilitate interaction between physicians and patients, empower and engage patients to participate in the decision making process [1]. Despite being useful tools, they frequently fail to realize their full potential due to usability issues related to user interface (UI) design. Poorly designed interfaces may lead to stress, confusion, frustration, mistranslation of knowledge, and eventual abandonment of the application [2]. Although, a UI can be designed using general UI design guidelines, it might not be tailored towards user’s perceptual and cognitive abilities, as well as health care needs. Such personalization can be achieved by integrating psychological theories that concentrate on users’ needs and cognition. User-centric (UC) model is concerned with understanding the users’ needs and the requirements needed to fulfill their goals [2,3]. Cognitive load (CL) model is based on the human short-term memory that might affect the one’s ability to memorize or complete a certain task, improve the productivity, usability, and benefit from the application [4,5]. The objective of this research is to combine UC and CL models in UI design of a patient portal application and study its impact on user’s satisfaction and experience. 

"Libraries, Search Engines, and the Deep Web: Barriers to Visibility" by Zoe Dickinson 

"Understanding the Profound in the Information Seeking Behaviour of a Christian Chaplain" by Domenic Rosati 

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Zoe Dickinson

Zoe Dickinson is a second-year Master of Library and Information Studies candidate at Dalhousie University. She is an editorial chair for the Dalhousie Journal of Interdisciplinary Management, as well as a co-chair of the Dalhousie student chapter of the Canadian Library Association. During her time at Dalhousie, she has pursued innovative research in the form of her graduate thesis, “Public... Read More →
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Domenic Rosati

Domenic Rosati is a Master of Library and Information Studies student between his first and second year. He has a bachelor of history (hons) from Carleton University where he studied religious studies and intellectual history. His primary research interests are enabling technologies for description, discovery, and exchange of resource descriptions in libraries and archives, and documentary history in the areas of religious and scholarly... Read More →
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Ghdeer Tashkandi

Ghdeer Tashkandi is an interdisciplinary PhD student at Dalhousie university, majoring in Health Informatics. She is passionate about improving the healthcare with new technologies that became very essential for everyone. Her research interests include: human-computer interaction, patients-engagements, personalized patient education systems, mobile health, and data mining. 

Wednesday February 10, 2016 11:50 - 12:55
McInnes Room @ Dalhousie Student Union Building 6136 University Avenue, Halifax, NS, B3H 4J2, 2nd floor


Student Speaker: "Measuring the Impact of Collection Development Practices in Health Sciences Libraries"


Health sciences librarians have employed a number of strategies to cope with the changing landscape of collection development, many of which have outward effects on their home institutions. There remains a need to define and measure these outward effects, as they could influence the longevity of both libraries and the institutions they serve. Most existing literature focuses on how collection development practices directly affect libraries, but little research explores the further ramifications of these practices on overall university performance and reputation rankings. The assessment framework presented in this study is designed to reveal whether there is any correlation between a library’s collection development practices, its library-institution relationship, and its home university’s prestige. The assessment framework has been developed specifically for Canadian health sciences libraries, but could be adapted to other academic libraries around the world. Once employed, the assessment framework could demonstrate how libraries and institutions can work together to promote prosperity for both organisations.

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Leah Boulos

Leah Boulos is a dynamic future graduate of Dalhousie’s Master of Library and Information Studies Program. She comes to the field with a background in music, having completed her Bachelor of Music summa cum laude from Mount Allison University in 2010. Upon entering the Dalhousie School of Information Management, Leah quickly began to develop interests in health sciences librarianship, research support services, and the management of... Read More →

Wednesday February 10, 2016 12:55 - 13:15
McInnes Room @ Dalhousie Student Union Building 6136 University Avenue, Halifax, NS, B3H 4J2, 2nd floor


Breakout Session: "Evolving Health Care Data and Records"
"Sharing of child health information over social media: A systematic evaluation of posts shared over social media about pediatric pain" by Michelle Tougas


Social media facilitates information exchange and is increasingly being turned to for health communication. With potential to impact health outcomes, there is need to understand what content is being shared, and how it is being interacted with. Little is known about online engagement with child health topics, particularly pediatric pain. The objectives were to 1) Systematically evaluate social media posts about pediatric pain; 2) Identify and categorize themes in social media posts; 3) Analyze user interactions within social media platforms. Twitter, Instagram and Facebook platforms were selected. The search strategy was iteratively tested. Twitter and Instagram were prospectively searched over two-weeks, Facebook was searched retrospectively. An emergent process developed the coding scheme used to manually categorize included posts. Netlytic, a social network analysis program analyzed interactions and network analysis across the social media platforms. Through a tested search, reliable screening and coding, this research feasibility established systematic evaluation of posts about pediatric pain shared over social media. Twitter and Facebook pages were primarily used for sharing knowledge and resources about child pain, whereas Instagram and Facebook groups were used for sharing personal child pain experiences. Social media posts across platforms demonstrated a mixture of positive and negative sentiments. Twitter seemed to facilitate the most interaction among users, little interaction was observed across the other platforms. This work can provide useful information about what and how child health content is shared over social media, as well guide development of strategies to enhance online engagement about child health.

"Telling our stories: making meaning of Indigenous health data in Canada" by Dr. Debbie Martin


Data tells stories. The stories that we decide to tell from data, says as much about who we are, as about the subject of those stories. Within Canada, there has been a longstanding history and legacy of using data to tell stories about Indigenous peoples, instead of stories that are by, for or with them. The resulting policy, programming, and service decisions, even when they may have stemmed from data arising from well-intentioned efforts, has had devastating and lingering effects. This presentation will discuss examples of historical misuses and misappropriations of data, and also present successful contemporary examples of Indigenous ownership and management of data.

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Andrea Kampen

Research Assistant, Dalhousie University
Andrea is a recent graduate from the School of Information Management with a Master in Library and Information Management degree from Dalhousie University. Through her work with the Social Media Lab, located at Ryerson University, Andrea developed an interest in social media analysis and learned how to use the tool Netlytic. She has always been drawn to research involving how people create and share information through different mediums whether... Read More →
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Dr. Debbie Martin

Assistant Professor, Health Promotion, Dalhousie University
Debbie Martin's program of research is aimed at preventing chronic diseases, which are disproportionately higher among Aboriginal peoples relative to their non-Aboriginal counterparts within Canada. Working directly with communities, she works to identify and address key community and societal level determinants, that are often linked to lifestyle factors, that ultimately cause chronic diseases. For instance, cost and availability of... Read More →
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Michelle Tougas

PhD Student, Dalhousie University
Michelle has obtained a Master’s in Community Health and Epidemiology and is currently in her second year of the Clinical Psychology PhD student at Dalhousie University. She has experience working with big data and systematic review methodology. Her research interests are in pediatric pain and pediatric sleep. Michelle is currently involved with Canada-wide research team exploring how pediatric pain and pediatric sleep are communicated over... Read More →

Wednesday February 10, 2016 13:20 - 14:20
Myers Room (224) @ Dalhousie Student Union Building 6136 University Avenue


Panel Discussion: "Reliable and Accessible Health Information"
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Lara Killian

Nova Scotia Health Authority, Librarian Educator
Lara Killian is a librarian educator at the Nova Scotia Health Authority, with a focus on patient education. She holds an MLIS from Dalhousie University and an MA in literature from Durham University (UK). Lara has a background in health research, including two Cochrane systematic review projects, and publishing, including as Social Media column editor for MLA News from the Medical Library Association and as Editorial Chair of... Read More →

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Dave MacNeil

Manager of Collections & Access, Halifax Public Libraries
Dave MacNeil, a graduate of Dalhousie University (MLIS, 2009) and Queen's University (BA-Honours, 2004), has worked with Halifax Pubic Libraries (HPL) for the past 11 years. Beginning in Circulation and Information services, he eventually moved onto several positions within HPL's Collection Management Department, before taking responsibiliy over that Department in January of 2016 as Manager of Collections & Access. In this role, he oversees... Read More →
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Dr. Andrea Murphy

Associate Professor, Dalhousie University
Dr. Andrea Murphy, Associate Professor, is a pharmacist and has been a Dalhousie faculty member for 13 years. She has the privilege of teaching and working with numerous talented undergraduate pharmacy students as well as other undergraduate and graduate health professional learners. Andrea is passionate about research and program development, implementation, and evaluation. She is particularly interested in mental illness and addictions care and... Read More →
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Andrea Reynolds

Coordinator, The Family Resource Library, IWK Health Centre
For over 20 years, Andrea has worked at the IWK Health Centre in the Library and A/V Services team . Since 2002, she has been the consumer health librarian in The Family Resource Library, managing daily operations, selecting quality health information materials for patients/families, and coordinating the complex process of developing staff-authored patient pamphlets to meet IWK criteria. In addition to her experience working in both hospital... Read More →

Wednesday February 10, 2016 13:20 - 14:20
McInnes Room @ Dalhousie Student Union Building 6136 University Avenue, Halifax, NS, B3H 4J2, 2nd floor


Student Speaker: "Health Care Reform: The National Electronic Health Record Approach"

The current health care system is costly and inefficient. The attempts that the governments have made have neither improved the situation nor achieved a reform. A national electronic health record (EHR) is an application of information technology into government functions that directly relate to all citizen’s lives and its social impacts exceed its technical impacts. The implementation of EHR requires federal leadership, a new interpretation of Canadian Health Act, and a culture that welcomes changes. The application of a national EHR will ensure that information control and monitor are at the federal level, which will catalyse competition, innovation, and more standardized performance evaluation. The debate on privacy and security in the online environment, the source of initial cost of implementation, and the objections from regions and citizens are the main obstacles, which will hinder the applications of strategies, such as cutting federal funding. Australia’s health care system is similar to Canada’s. However, Australia has managed to build a national EHR, which expects to generate $11.5 billion in the net direct benefits over the period of 2010-2015. The strategies of implementing Australian EHR, costs, and benefits can be used as references for Canada when implementing a national HER, which will initiate a transformation of health culture and achieve cost-efficiency, competition, and capacity. Only then Canadian health care will achieve reform. 

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Scarlett Kelly

Currently in the joint Master of Library and Information Studies and Master of Public Administration program at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS, Scarlett Kelly has a diverse academic and professional background includes English literature, consecutive interpretation, science, health, research, administration, finance, budgeting, project management, marketing, and database management. Passionate about health care and fascinated by the positive... Read More →

Wednesday February 10, 2016 14:20 - 14:40
McInnes Room @ Dalhousie Student Union Building 6136 University Avenue, Halifax, NS, B3H 4J2, 2nd floor


Coffee Break
Wednesday February 10, 2016 14:40 - 15:00
McInnes Room @ Dalhousie Student Union Building 6136 University Avenue, Halifax, NS, B3H 4J2, 2nd floor


Closing Keynote
"Health Information in the 21st Century:  Opportunities and Challenges" by Dr. Robert Strang


Dr. Strang will discuss five evolving issues in health information; personal health records, precision medicine, advanced analytics information overload and credibility and population health assessment;  and provide perspectives from his professional and personal experiences.

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Dr. Robert Strang

Dr. Robert Strang is Chief Public Health Officer in Nova Scotia, appointed in August 2007. He received his medical degree from University of British Columbia and completed Family Practice and Community Medicine residencies at UBC. | | Dr. Strang was an Associate Medical Officer of Health in British Columbia from 1997-1999 and in 1999, he moved to Halifax to become Medical Officer of Health for Capital District Health Authority. He was Acting... Read More →

Wednesday February 10, 2016 15:00 - 16:00
McInnes Room @ Dalhousie Student Union Building 6136 University Avenue, Halifax, NS, B3H 4J2, 2nd floor


Closing Remarks
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Tess Grynoch

Co-Chair, Information Without Borders Conference Committee
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Chantel Ridsdale

Co-Chair, Information Without Borders Conference Committee

Wednesday February 10, 2016 16:00 - 16:15
McInnes Room @ Dalhousie Student Union Building 6136 University Avenue, Halifax, NS, B3H 4J2, 2nd floor