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Northern Health Town Hall - Northern Health is going from paper to digital: What is the plan?


Join Dr. Andrew Deonarine, Dr. Dana Cole, and Bjorn Butow on June 15 (from 5-6 pm) on Zoom for a discussion about Northern Health’s SaferCare plan.

For information about the event, and how to join (via Zoom or telephone), please visit the Northern Health Continuing Medical Education website.

The SaferCare project is a multi-year initiative in Northern Health to implement a new electronic medical record system in facilities. The goals of SaferCare are to help healthcare workers reduce paperwork and potential issues that come with conventional paper-based systems, and further build on the successful, high quality care that physicians already provide in the North. Additionally, SaferCare will prepare Northern Health for future technologies that will make the jobs of physicians easier, and healthcare more convenient and enjoyable for both healthcare workers and patients.

Dr. Andrew Deonarine
Medical Lead, Informatics; Medical Lead, SaferCare

Originally from Winnipeg Manitoba, Dr. Andrew Deonarine completed his MD at the University of Toronto. Before that, he completed a Bachelor of Science honours (BScH) and Master of Science (MSc) in biochemistry at Western University. During his time in medical school, he worked on developing several medical software projects, including decision support tools and medical record systems. He then went to the University of British Columbia to enroll in the public health and preventive medicine residency program, completing his Master of Health Science (MHSc), and then a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in bioinformatics at the University of Cambridge through the Clinician Investigator Program, before finally completing his residency training.

More recently, Andrew completed a fellowship in clinical informatics at Harvard Medical School as a Friedman Scholar, and completed American board certifications in preventive medicine and the new sub-specialty of clinical informatics in addition to his Fellow of The Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC). He hopes to leverage his skills in medical information systems, geospatial informatics, and machine learning to integrate public health and primary care in the North and help deploy new medical record systems to improve practice.

Dr. Dana Cole
Regional Director, Pharmacy Services; Clinical Lead, SaferCare

Dana Cole is the Clinical Lead for SaferCare. She has been the Regional Director for Pharmacy Services since 2009 and has worked as a pharmacist in Northern Health for 24 years. Her past clinical practice focused on oncology with experience in nephrology, general internal medicine, and infectious diseases. Dana’s interest in advancing the functionality of the electronic health record grew out of diving deeper into medication safety challenges and opportunities. While continuing to steward the pharmacy services in Northern Health, most of her time is now dedicated to the SaferCare initiative and advancing quality and safety improvements in our system with Dr. Andrew Deonarine and Bjorn Butow as co-leads.

Originally from Nova Scotia, Dana completed her undergraduate degree in Pharmacy at Dalhousie University, a hospital pharmacy residency in Halifax. She then obtained a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of British Columbia

Bjorn Butow
Director, Clinical Information Systems; IMIT Lead, SaferCare

Bjorn Butow has called Canada home since 1988, when he moved here from South Africa with his family. Bjorn completed a Business Administration-Computer Systems diploma from the College of New Caledonia, then went on to complete a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Northern BC (UNBC). After that, he completed a Master of Business Administration from Royal Roads University.

Bjorn was a co-founder of the NextPG group for business people under the age of 40, he was founding president of the Commerce Student Society at UNBC, co-founded the chaired the local Kiwanis AleFest craft beer tasting festival, was an original owner of CrossRoads Brewery, and has been a board member for Theatre Northwest, the UNBC Alumni Association, and Initiatives Prince George, Kiwanis Prince George, and the PG Performing Arts Centre. Bjorn was also named one of the Top 40 Under 40 by the PG Chamber of Commerce for 2016/2017.

For information about the event, and how to join (via Zoom or telephone), please visit the Northern Health Continuing Medical Education website.