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The early adoption and increasing use of clinical synoptic reporting has garnered Sunnybrook's Anatomic Pathology Department a Canada Health Infoway Momentum Award.


Sunnybrook's Anatomic Pathology Department has received a Canada Health Infoway Momentum Award related to the early adoption and increasing use of clinical synoptic reporting.

Synoptic reporting, a newer way to report pathology findings, uses standardized and secure electronic checklists in a synoptic format instead of the older narrative format to provide complete and concise patient reports for efficient information-sharing among clinicians caring for a patient.

Sunnybrook's Anatomic Pathology Department uses the mTuitivesynoptic reporting tool xPert,which features drop-down list options with mandatory fields to ensure completed reports contain all the pertinent information.

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The Momentum Award is part of Canada Health Infoway's ImagineNation Outcomes Challenge aimed at accelerating the use and spread of innovative health care information solutions like synoptic reporting, which is being implemented across Canada, with the potential to improve health care quality and the patient experience.

John Carmichael, MP for Don Valley West, presented the award to the Department's Chief, Dr. Mahmoud Khalifa.

"Sunnybrook's Anatomic Pathology Department is a leader in increasing the adoption of clinical synoptic reporting and I am pleased to congratulate them on their award," said Jennifer Zelmer, Senior Vice President, Clinical Adoption and Innovation, Canada Health Infoway. "This work is a reflection of efforts underway to improve the patient experience and outcomes by moving from paper to digitized health records across Canada."

"Quality in pathology reports remains our highest priority," says Dr. Khalifa. "We continue to apply innovations and best practices to support our clinicians with expert analysis that forms the critical basis for diagnosis, so that we are all collaborating to help the patient."

Laboratory Information Analyst and Team Leader for this challenge, Tanya Jorden, worked with the pathologists to modify the synoptic checklists to ensure they reflected their current practice while adhering to the provincial standard.

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