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9/20/2012 6:00 PM
​​The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) applauds recipients of the Canada Health Infoway Trailblazer Awards, as part of the ongoing ImagineNation Outcomes Challenge. Awards were recently presented in four categories, including medication reconciliation, e-Scheduling, Patient Access to Health Information and Clinical Synoptic Reporting. Award recipients were chosen by a panel of more than 30 judges from across Canada; three award recipients were selected in each category and each winner received $30,000, $20,000 and $10,000 respectively.

 “Innovation is about translating great ideas into results,” said Richard Alvarez, President and CEO of Canada Health Infoway. “With the Trailblazer Awards, we are recognizing teams that not only have innovative e-solutions, but also have creative, practical plans to extend the use of their solutions for the benefit of the patients, clinicians and others.”

In the medication reconciliation category, the awards recognize electronic tools to help healthcare providers work with patients, families and other clinicians to ensure accurate and comprehensive medication information is communicated consistently across transitions of care.

“As co-lead for the national medication reconciliation strategy, we are pleased to recognize the patient safety and quality innovation demonstrated by the award recipients,” says Hugh MacLeod, CEO, CPSI. “This work is essential to advancing patient safety and supports the medication reconciliation efforts of Safer Healthcare Now! to reduce adverse drug events.”

The Ottawa Hospital received the first place award, for their eMedRec mobile iPad application that is seamlessly integrated with the hospital’s electronic health record, to allow clinicians to complete the Best Possible Medication History (BPMH), and admission and discharge medication reconciliations.  This e-solution also features task alerts for clinicians and automatically populates the discharge summary with prescriptions and other information for the patient’s primary care physician and pharmacist.  The solution is currently being used at one site with plans to roll it out hospital-wide over the next year, to over 1,500 medical staff, students and hospital employees. To learn more, a webinar is available on YouTube. 

Mount Sinai Hospital received the second place award for their electronic medication reconciliation solution that allows physicians to reconcile home, hospital and discharge medications.  The tool provides printed patient instructions that clearly outline and subdivide “home” medications that were changed or discontinued, those that stayed the same and the new medications that were added in hospital. It is a valuable resource for physicians to create printable prescriptions to give to patients, and for nurses to walk through the post-discharge medication plan with patients and their families.

The BC Provincial Renal Agency (BCPRA) received the third place award for their tool to help clinicians manage the complex medication requirements of dialysis patients. On average, dialysis patients take 19 different medications, experience frequent medication changes and hospitalizations, and have a number of chronic conditions. The BCPRA tool provides reports for physicians to use to identify and resolve discrepancies and indicate which medications should be continued, changed or discontinued.  Users can also use the tool to print medication lists for patients and create medication orders for the community pharmacy once the reconciliation is complete.

For a full list of Trailblazer Award recipients and to learn about their solutions, visit the ImagineNation Challenges website.

For more information on the Safer Healthcare Now! Medication Reconciliation intervention, visit