Posts by Doug Kavanagh

3 Easy Ways to Improve Flu Shot Rates with Ocean

With the fall fast approaching, it’s time for us to start planning ahead for flu season. As family doctors, we are tasked with maximizing influenza immunization rates for our patient population each year. Since it is such a simple, safe,…
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Automating Vaccine Invitations & Informed Consent

I recently wrote a post describing how I am using patient questionnaires that incorporate decision aid tools to help support patient-based care and joint-decision making. Specifically, I shared a Statin Decision Aid tool that introduces patients to the concept of…

Patient-Centred Care: Using Tablet-Based Decision-Aid Tools

A screenshot of the visual statin decision aid tool that patients can review before discussing the treatment with their physician. A colleague recently forwarded me this really interesting NEJM article, which reflects a growing trend toward incorporating patient preference in our clinical guidelines. It…

Reducing Outside Use Penalties

If you’re a family physician in a rostered system like me, you are surely familiar with the frustration of our patients’ “outside use” of other health services. Every quarter, we receive a report from the ministry of our rostered patients…

Increasing Cancer Screening and Preventive Care Bonuses

Keeping patients up-to-date with screening tests is an important part of my job as a family physician. The most common evidence-based screening interventions in primary care, from mammograms and pap tests to colonoscopies, are effective for lowering cancer mortality. As a…

Ocean and the Non-Annual, Non-Physical Exam

The traditional “annual physical” is controversial these days. Recent studies have shown that people that come in for their physical don’t seem to be any healthier than those who do not. Many experts believe this is due to the excessive…

Specialist Focus: Helpful Tools for OB/GYNs

The Ocean platform can be particularly useful for specialists who frequently see new patients. In this post, we thought we would share some of the most useful tools in Ocean for specialists in obstetrics and gynecology. This includes everything from…

PSS Tip #8: Track email consent in the patient record

Although email is very convenient for clinicians and patients, it remains an insecure medium due to its lack of encryption. The College and CMPA recommend that physicians provide adequate informed consent for patients before we exchange any health information via…

PSS Tip #7: Store and access patient handouts in PS Suite

Importing handouts into PS Suite is an easy way to keep useful handouts easily accessible. By using links from the toolbar, you can easily set up bookmarks 
that link to your own files and 
web-based resources. Getting Started: Importing handouts…

Making the ODSP Health Status Report Faster, More Accurate

If you’ve ever filled out the yellow Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) disability determination package, you know how long and tedious of a process it can be. Completing the forms requires a huge amount of current information about the patient.…
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