Press Releases 2011

January 19, 2011 – Information technologies : an essential tool for chronic disease management

Wednesday 19 January 2011

Montréal, January 19, 2011 – The Québec Medical Association (QMA) invites the media to its symposium on medical organization and computer solutions titled: Will chronic diseases get the best of my medical practice?

About 50% of the population in North America suffers from at least one chronic disease. And 25% have two or more chronic diseases (and the number rises to two out of three people in the over-65 age group). In Québec, about 3% of the population accounts for 50% of all patient days.

These few bits of data are enough to illustrate the significance of chronic diseases for our health care system and the need to take steps to face this monumental challenge.

The symposium has a double purpose: arrive at a common vision of the current situation in the health care system and how it will evolve over the next 10 years, and identify the information and communications needs for physicians, health care professionals, patients and their loved ones, and share them with the representatives of information and communications technology companies.

What: Symposium on medical organization and computer solutions.

Who:          QMA President Dr. Jean-François Lajoie, and possibility of interviews with other national and international speakers.

When:        Friday, January 21, at 8:30 am

Where: Loews Hôtel Vogue, 1425 De la Montagne, Montréal.

Brief event overview:

8:40 am: The speaker will describe the situation in some of the provinces that are more advanced in using information technologies. He will also discuss a few key IT elements in the Canadian Medical Association’s five-year strategic plan. (William Pascal – Chief Technology Officer, CMA).

8:50 am: The hidden side of the health commissioner’s report. The Health and Welfare Commissioner will paint a portrait of the performance of the health and social services system, especially the care and services related to chronic diseases. (Robert Salois – Health and Welfare Commissioner).

9:25 am: The case of the Cleveland Clinic Health Systems. A network of institutions that is a remarkable example of information technologies integrated into a clinical project in one of the 10 best hospitals in the world. (Dr. Rami Boutros – Head of clinical systems).

10:50 am: The experience in British Columbia, definitely the most advanced province when it comes to chronic disease management, thanks to physician empowerment (Dr. Garey Mazowita – Member, Providence Health Care Executive Committee and Professor, University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine).

1:30 pm: Will chronic diseases get the best of my medical practice? (moderator: Dr. Jean-Frédéric Lévesque).

1:45 pm: Parallel workshops

1.    Implementing a new medical practice model adapted to the needs of the population (moderator: Dr. Gerry Bédard – GMF Lavaltrie-Lanoraie).

2.    Learning to manage change (moderator: Louise Beaudoin – Organizational psychologist and associate, Société Pierre-Boucher).

3.    Managing evolving patients, understanding their requirements and expectations, and turning them into partners.

3:15 pm: Plenary session (moderator: Dr. Jean-Frédéric Lévesque).

For more information about the symposium program, visit


Québec Medical Association

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