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Academic Family Health Teams Collaborative Lessons from the Far Flung North

Academic Family Health Teams  Collaborative Lessons from the Far Flung North
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Author(s): David Topps (Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Canada)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 20
Source title: Ubiquitous Health and Medical Informatics: The Ubiquity 2.0 Trend and Beyond
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Sabah Mohammed (Lakehead University, Canada) and Jinan Fiaidhi (Lakehead University, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-777-0.ch017

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Abstract

Working collaboratively, in widely distributed settings, poses unique challenges. The Academic Family Health Team, affiliated with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, has had to adopt a wide variety of information sharing practices and collaborative software tools, in order to function effectively in such roles as clinicians, educators and researchers. Based on an ongoing action research model, this chapter describes approaches taken and lessons learned while developing the informatics infrastructure to support interprofessional practice. The author describes how common procedures and software tools can benefit from a Web 2.0 approach, comparing commercial and open-source aspects of possible solutions. Ubiquitous data access for point of care decision making is supported by integrating web services, mobile devices and multi-stream communications. Resource discovery is enabled by integrating information streams into the medical record, into wireless device interfaces and via clinical dashboards. Effective team collaboration is highly enhanced through such infrastructure support.

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