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Redefining excellence in health care: uniting inclusive compassion and shared humanity within a transformative physician competency model

KEY POINTS
  • The Canadian Medical Directives for Specialists (CanMEDS) revision project, due to approach completion in 2026, has identified limitations in the current framework’s ability to address the diverse needs of the Canadian population.

  • Presented here is a dynamic model — a transformed physician competency framework— that centres inclusive compassion and shared humanity and encompasses mechanisms to actively address existing systemic inequities in health care systems.

  • The model expands medical expertise and supports physicians to take an action-oriented stance and commit to equity, justice, and addressing health disparities, emphasizing the vital competencies that are required in both physician training and patient care to transform health systems.

The Canadian Medical Directives for Specialists (CanMEDS) revision project is at a crucial juncture, with implications for the medical profession in Canada. Expert groups have identified limitations in the current framework’s ability to address the diverse needs of the Canadian population, raising questions about its adaptability to concepts such as antiracism, social justice, artificial intelligence, and planetary health. Previously, we underscored the imperative to include antiracism as a foundational competency in any reimagining of CanMEDS,1,2 recognizing its pivotal role in combating health disparities. As the CanMEDS revision approaches completion in 2026, it presents a unique opportunity for transformative change in medical practice, informed by anti-oppression, cultural safety, and social justice principles. This prompts a critical examination of whether the existing framework can effectively integrate these vital competencies or if a comprehensive reimagining is necessary. The revision offers an unprecedented opportunity to envision a physician competency framework that not only facilitates, but propels transformative change within health care systems.

Transformative change in medical education and practice2,3 demands explicit integration of anti-oppressive competencies. This shift aims to redefine the physician’s role, moving from a neutral to an action-oriented stance committed

Lawsuit claiming Flo Health app shared intimate data with Facebook greenlit as Canadian class action

A Canadian class-action lawsuit accusing a popular fertility tracking app of sending users’ intimate health information — including details about their periods, sex lives and pregnancies — to companies like Facebook without their knowledge has been allowed to go ahead.

The claim, certified in B.C. Supreme Court on Thursday, said Flo Health collected their highly sensitive personal information, promised to keep that information private and then knowingly shared the data with third parties. 

“There’s been a significant disclosure of the private information of Canadian women, and we’re excited to be proceeding to the next step with the case,” said Richard Parsons, who is co-counsel on the case.

The ruling is a pivotal step forward for the case. It will test lagging Canadian privacy laws in a time when millions of people regularly pour their personal information into their phones. If the claim succeeds, more than one million people who used Flo in Canada over a three-year period will be eligible to claim damages.

None of the lawsuit’s claims have been proven in court. In a statement to CBC News on Friday, Flo said it “has never sold user information or shared user information with third parties for the purposes of advertising.”

“Flo will vigorously defend against allegations stipulated in the case.”

Lead plaintiff used app while trying to get pregnant

Flo is an app that tracks users’ fertility and periods. Users enter personal information about their height, weight, sex lives and reproductive cycles — including details about their periods, vaginal discharge, pregnancies, miscarriages, births and postpartum symptoms.

Jamie Kah Cate Lam, the lead plaintiff in the class action, said she used the Flo app for 18 months while she and her husband were trying to conceive. The B.C. woman gave the app information about the different stages of her menstrual

Wait times force 1 in 3 patients to leave Winnipeg’s largest ER without seeing doctor: Shared Health

While increasing wait times continue to put pressure on Manitoba’s health-care system, doctors say very sick people are leaving the emergency room without being seen by a physician at all.

More than one in every three patients who recently sought medical care at the emergency department of Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre ended up leaving without seeing a doctor, according to recent data supplied by Shared Health.

“That’s upsetting,” Doctors Manitoba president Dr. Michael Boroditsky said when shown the data. “Obviously concerning for me as a physician, and for the patients for sure even more so.” 

According to the data, 13.1 per cent of those seeking medical attention in 2019 left without being seen by a physician.

During the same time period in 2023, that number skyrocketed to 34.1 per cent, meaning nearly one in three patients who presented and were triaged in the emergency room left without being seen by a doctor.

Those same rates worsened significantly at every hospital in Winnipeg over the past five years due to staffing and patient flow.

At St. Boniface Hospital, patients are leaving without seeing a doctor nearly 2.5 times more often than in 2019. At the Grace Hospital, it’s happening nearly four times as often.

“This is unprecedented. I actually never dreamed it would be this high. It’s a nightmare,” said St. Boniface ER physician Dr. Alecs Chochinov said. “If anybody was waiting for the apocalypse to actually make changes, let them know it’s here.”

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More than one in every 3 patients who showed up in need of medical care at the emergency department of Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre recently ended up leaving without seeing a doctor. (Shared Health)

A patient leaving an emergency waiting room without getting treatment could lead to a life-or-death situation, Boroditsky says.

“That would be my biggest

Advancing on our Shared Priority of Connecting You to Modern Health Care 

May 29, 2023 | Toronto, Ontario | Health Canada

Every Canadian should be in control of their own health information through online access and benefit from it being shared securely between health professionals in the country.

However, currently only one third of Canadians can access some of their health information online. On top of that, health care providers can’t easily access or share health information because systems don’t always connect. This lack of available patient information can put people’s lives at risk, add unnecessary or duplicative tests, and result in longer wait times and hospital stays.

The Government of Canada is committed to working with provinces, territories, and health partners to build a modern and well-connected, world-class health care system to ensure that patients have access to safe, quality care, and are empowered to take their health into their own hands.

Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, unveiled our shared plan of Connecting you to Modern Health Care. This plan outlines the Shared Pan-Canadian Interoperability Roadmap, which represents a key milestone to advance the Government’s commitment to secure access to electronic health information. The Roadmap, developed by Canada Health Infoway and endorsed by the federal, provincial and territorial governments (with the exception of Quebec), outlines a long-term vision towards improving health information exchange in Canada to improve health outcomes for everyone.

The Roadmap provides guidance to provinces, territories, health system managers and industry on common standards to be used to support the secure transfer of health information from different systems and to patients themselves. It will improve the quality and safety of patients’ care by standardizing health information so that it can be accessed wherever patients go for care, while keeping it private and secure. Using standards for health information will also help health system administrators, researchers and

Fertility app Premom shared users’ health data without consent, FTC says

Fertility-tracking app Premom, owned by Easy Healthcare, came under fire by the Federal Trade Commission, which alleged the company shared consumers’ health data with third parties like Google, AppsFlyer and two China-based analytics and marketing firms for advertising purposes without user consent.

Premom is a free app that offers fertility tracking tools, including period and ovulation tracking. The company also sells ovulation test kits. 

The FTC’s investigation found the company shared users’ personal health information with third parties, such as identifiable location, health information and activities on the app related to users’ fertility, periods and pregnancy.

According to the Commission, the company did not disclose to users that it would share their health information while deceiving users about its data-sharing practices. The FTC also claims the company violated the Health Breach Notification Rule, which requires companies gathering personal health information to notify users and the government of a data breach by failing to inform users of its practices.  

Premom was instructed to refrain from sharing health information with third parties for advertising purposes or other purposes without users’ consent, to put into place a comprehensive privacy and security program for protecting users’ info and to tell the third parties to delete the information collected without users’ permission.

Easy Healthcare was ordered to pay a $200,000 settlement fee and is barred from sharing users’ data for advertising purposes, or with third parties, without user consent.

“Premom broke its promises and compromised consumers’ privacy,” Samuel Levine, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement. “We will vigorously enforce the Health Breach Notification Rule to defend consumer’s health data from exploitation. Companies collecting this information should be aware that the FTC will not tolerate health privacy abuses.”

THE LARGER TREND 

After Roe v. Wade was overturned,

X-ray, CT, MRI results to be shared straight with Albertans as a result of on line wellbeing records device

Productive March 20, effects for diagnostic imaging assessments — together with an X-Ray, MRI or CT scan — will be uploaded straight to an suitable patient’s MyHealth Documents account next launch from the take a look at company.

In accordance to Alberta Health, this adjust is currently being produced to offer Albertans with additional access to their health and fitness details, and as an more safety internet for individual treatment inside the procedure. 

It also suggests it is staying carried out in collaboration with Alberta Wellness Products and services, Alberta Professional medical Association and the College of Doctors and Surgeons of Alberta.

In 2019, Alberta Wellbeing began sharing a patient’s lab outcomes by the on-line portal and this is the future action.

“We are gradually moving absent from what you could contact, perhaps,  the a lot more paternalistic product where the doctor tells you what you have and describes every little thing and tells you what you ought to do, in direction of additional of a collaborative, shared conclusion-creating technique where people are likely to be extra savvy, extra being familiar with and have a greater consciousness of their well being, together with outcomes,” said Dr. Eddy Lang, department head of emergency drugs in the Calgary zone.

A doctor wearing an overcoat.
Dr. Eddy Lang is section head of unexpected emergency drugs in the Calgary zone. (Submitted by Dr. Eddy Lang)

In accordance to an Alberta Wellbeing facts pamphlet, the effects will land at the exact time as it does with the buying medical professional — if not right before — should that company rely on fax or paper delivery.

People will be in a position to view their take a look at final results by way of the provincial government’s My Own Information (MPR) software, according to Alberta Wellbeing Services, which is aspect of

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