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Macy Decarrie

Recent Posts by Macy Decarrie:

Can Electronic Health Records Save Big Bucks for Community Services Too?

In just six years, from 2006 to 2012, the use of electronic health records (EHRs) in Canada has jumped from 23% to 56% and saved the Canadian medical system $1.3 CAN billion, a study commissioned by Canada Health Infoway has revealed.

e-Health - Part II: The Mental Health Innovation Network ROCKS

As mental health services move increasingly away from the hands of government, technology, software, and apps for community service providers seeking innovative and affordable solutions take on a higher priority.

e-Health - Part I: e-Health Conference in Vancouver June 1-4

Not so long ago (on the geological time scale), I was nearly laughed out my first university lab course for submitting a hand-drawn graph in my lab report. No one was doing graphs by hand anymore. My new lab mates, younger and fully immersed in the latest technology, brought their laptops into the lab and had never had to do a lab report without one. I, like most of my generation, was ancient and sooo behind. But the gap between frontier and mainstream was about to start narrowing.

Accreditation Canada Provides New Home for the Health Innovation Portal

As of March 2014, the contents of the Health Innovation Portal, launched in 2012 by the now de-funded Health Council of Canada to house innovations in healthcare technology and practices, became fully absorbed into Accreditation Canada’s Leading Practices Database.

The Health Innovation Portal was a searchable database for healthcare providers that contained leading innovative healthcare practices vetted by the Health Council of Canada. Kicking things off was the Health Innovation Challenge. In 2009, the council launched the Health Innovation Challenge as a way to get university and college students involved in finding the best healthcare practices across Canada. Winners of the challenge had their submissions featured on the Health Innovation Portal.

Funding Opportunities for Canadian Social Service Organisations in need of Management Software

Whether you’re a service provider that’s well-established in your community or one that’s just breaking in, funding, resources, and perhaps accreditation are likely among your top challenges, all three being ongoing concerns. You already know you need to either upgrade your existing software or transition from a paper-based system to a case-management software solution. (See our previous post Client Tracking Software - Do you know what to look for?) Now it’s just a matter of finding funding for it.

The following list is by no means meant to be an exhaustive summary of funding sources for Canadian social service providers. No doubt, readers, many of you will have the jump on me there, and I do hope you’ll help round out this information for your fellow readers by sharing your experience and knowledge of other sources in the comments. Rather, this post looks at different types of funding available today for nonprofits that some of you may not have considered previously and provides a sample of leads from each type to help you begin your exploration of different funding possibilities.

Client Tracking Software – Do you know what to look for?

Shopping for software, any kind of software, can intimidate even the most tech savvy among us. And change, especially a big change like overhauling your organisation’s management system, can feel like a daunting task we’d all like to put off till tomorrow. But it doesn’t have to be if you’re prepared and know what to look for.