Tuesday, May 28, 2019 • 15:00- 16:30
Track 3 - Informatics
Track Chair: Dr. Katrina Hurley
Room: 109

Leveraging Medical Lexicons to Improve ED Data Analytics - Dr. Sam Stewart

Description: ED data is a complex mix of information, and much of it is not captured numerically. In this talk we will explore how non-numeric data captured in the ED can be used in data analytics, and how we can leverage that information to better understand ED care.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. How we capture diagnostic information in healthcare systems.
  2. Know how non-numeric data can be used in data analytics.
  3. Know that CHIRPP and NACRS have a wealth of non-numeric data available for use.


  1. Health data is more than numbers.
  2. ICD codes are frustrating but important.
  3. Use appropriate methods for analysing diagnostic codes.

Professor of Medical Informatics in Community Health & Epidemiology at Dalhousie, and Director of Health Data Nova Scotia. Dr. Stewart’s research focuses including administrative data analytics, non-numeric data coding and analytics and knowledge management and translation.

The Impact of Infographics: How Infographics Are Shaping Medical Literature Knowledge Translation - Dr. Lynsey Martin

Description: This talk will review how infographics are being used by journals and social media for presenting medical literature and will highlight how they impact knowledge translation – based on current evidence.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Review what infographics are and what makes a high quality infographic .
  2. Identify potential benefits of using infographics for presenting medical literature.
  3. Review evidence surrounding how infographics impact knowledge translation.


  1. Consider creating an infographic to summarize your publications
  2. Articles promoted with infographics have been shown to achieve higher altimetric scores.
  3. Infographics have not been shown to increase article readership or information retention.

Recently completed her FRCPC-EM training (June 2018). Currently works as an ER physician in Saskatoon and Regina and is the Assistant Program Director and Competency-Based Medical Education Lead for the University of Saskatchewan Emergency Medicine training program.

SurgeCon - Manage ED Flow - Dr. Christopher Patey and Mr. Paul Norman

Description: “SurgeCon” is an innovative quality improvement platform explicitly designed to address ED overcrowding by implementing commonly used interventions to reduce ED wait times in concert with technological innovation. We will review the implementation and impact of SurgeCon in a rural Canadian ED’s and discuss future implications of this surge management platform.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Review present methods improve ED flow.
  2. Understand the overview of a digital technology to manage ED flow.
  3. Provide options beyond overcapacity to address ED overcrowding.


  1. Incorporated Digital Technology is essential to improve ED flow.
  2. Frontline staff input is essential to ED improvement.
  3. EDs need innovative ideas to manage overcrowding.

Over the past fifteen years Dr. Christopher Patey has practiced as a rural emergency and family physician. As site clinical chief of Carbonear Emergency, he is always eager to implement positive change initiatives with a primary goal to improve rural emergency care. Furthermore, as an Assistant Professor with Memorial University Medical School in St. John’s Newfoundland, hoping to expand rural research with a focus of improving community health.

Paul Norman registered nurse working as Registered Nurse for emergency services Eastern Health, NL Carbonear Hospital Emergency. Holding a Bachelors degree in Nursing from Memorial University, Centre for Nursing Studies. He has 10 years of experience working in Emergency Nursing and Critical Care. He has been working with staff at the frontline to engage in the process improvement, to ensure successful implementation of LEAN strategies. This work has since been extended to reach emergency services throughout Eastern Health and the province.