IQMH Fall Forum 2018

Posted November 1, 2018

The Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare (IQMH) is hosting their Fall Forum 2018 at the Westin Harbour Castle hotel, in Toronto Canada November 2nd 2018. The subject of this year’s forum is “Point of Care Testing.”

Point of Care Testing (POCT) is medical diagnostic testing done out of the clinical laboratory in close proximity to where the patient is receiving care. POCT is typically performed by non-laboratory personnel and the results are used for clinical decision making.

IQMH states this year’s forum will be a comprehensive exploration of the issues surrounding POCT aimed at lab, nursing directors, hospital administration and anyone involved in POCT.

Topics being covered include:

  • Showcasing new technologies and innovations.
  • Highlighting the interpersonal relationships between nursing, physicians and POCT lab personnel.
  • Understanding the current and evolving regulatory environment.
  • Spotlighting the patient perspective and patient self-care.
  • Presenting ways to overcome barriers with compliance and competency assessment.
  • Exploring utilization and financial considerations.
  • Considering the digital aspects such as the use of smartphone technology.
  • What are the true needs of patients and primary care providers?
  • How will point-of-care and personalized medicine shape health care for consumers? 

IQMH provides accreditation, proficiency testing and education with the objective of elevating diagnostic testing to the highest possible levels.  Starting in 1974 as the Laboratory Proficiency Testing Program and developing into IQMH over the years through Ontario’s desire to have all licensed labs assessed for their competency.

The keynote speaker this year is Dr. Carl Wittwer, Director of Flow Cytometry and the Advanced Technology Group at Associated Regional and University Pathologists, Salt Lake City, Utah.

He will present Critical and Point-of-Care Testing: Real World and Emerging Applications for Improved Clinical Outcomes 

Paradigm 3 Compliance Management Software will again be present at the event, and they have been attending for the past several years and have had the chance to interact with many of Ontario healthcare professionals.  Features of the software that are helpful for healthcare include:

  • Compliance to regulatory requirements
  • Confidence info is accurate, up to date and readily available
  • Complete Document Control of all known formats
  • Complete document audit trails of reviews, approvals and changes to documents within the system.
  • Extensive security system which limits users to see only what they have authority to see.

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