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An Epic Change for Smarter, More Efficient Health Care

On June 1, the Ottawa Heart Institute will make the necessary switch to Epic Systems, a fully-integrated, patient-centered, electronic medical records (EMR) management tool which will help us provide smarter, more efficient, and all around better healthcare for you and your family.

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Put your Heart into Tickers Cooking

On Tuesday, May 21st, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Patient Alumni hosted its regular “Put Your Heart into Tickers” event. It was once again a sold-out event. A total of 40 guests watched as Executive Chef, Elamri Samir from Marek Foods, demonstrated how to prepare two delicious and healthy recipes. The first one featured, as an appetizer, a colorful kale salad with cranberries,…

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Change is Coming to MyOttawaHeart: The Heart Institute is Transitioning to a New Patient Portal

Thank you for making our patient portal, myOttawaHeart, an important part of how you manage your health. On June 1, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute will join The Ottawa Hospital, Hawkesbury General Hospital, Renfrew Victoria Hospital, St. Francis Memorial Hospital, and the TOH Family Health Team, in launching a new integrated electronic patient care system called Epic. With Epic, wherever you go for…

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Mental Health and Cardiovascular Disease

The Heart Institute Patient Alumni held another successful Meet the Expert conference on April 23rd, 2019. Entitled “Mental Health and Cardiovascular Disease’, the conference featured experts of the Heart Institute and the University of Ottawa, as well as former patients, who shared their knowledge and experience on the topic. Over 75 people attended the session at the Ottawa Ritz Canal restaurant, which cordially hosted us. The informal setting…

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Patient Partners Needed!

If you are a patient or family member / caregiver of a patient with poor heart function and coronary artery disease, we need your help! In our April Digest, we were proud to let you know that over 3000 patient alumni members contributed to work being led by Dr. Louise Sun to better understand which outcomes, after a cardiac event, were important to patients….

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Things are about to get Epic with MyChart!

As some of you may know, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute is working hard to implement a new Health Information System (HIS) called Epic.  The official launch date for Epic is June 1, 2019. Among many functionalities, Epic has its own patient portal (similar to myOttawaHeart) called MyChart.   MyChart will provide patients with online access to their medical records.  It enables patients to…

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Living with Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)

The University of Ottawa Patient Alumni Association invites you to its upcoming Meet the Expert* conference: Living with Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Featuring: Dr. Mehrdad Golian– Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist, University of Ottawa Heart Institute Ms. Bonnie Quinlan – Advanced Practice Nurse in Cardiology, UOHI Ms. Peter Croal, a UOHI patient who will share his experience The main speakers will be followed up with a Q…

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Ladies, it’s your turn!

This study is approved by the Ethics Board of the University of Ottawa (H-06-18-639) Ladies, it’s your turn! Women have been neglected in research on Heart Disease for far too long. We know very little about you! Now is the time to take the bull by the horns! We are looking for women between the ages of 45 and 80 who have had a…

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Report on the Ethics Board’s Activities

Report from David Brisco on the Ethics Board’s activities as the UOHI Patient Alumni’s representative One of the things that make our Heart Institute the great institution that it is, is the ongoing program of research carried out by both specialized researchers, and the medical staff of the HI. The quality of this work has advanced medical knowledge, and has directly served we patients…

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Enhancing your patient experience: What’s Next?

Welcome to the Heart Institute. The new Central Registration Desk will be located conveniently in the bright and spacious new main lobby which means One Stop for patients when they arrive. Renovations to the original Heart Institute building will see multiple levels undergoing significant change. The installation of escalators will make a big difference for both patients and their families when they visit Heart…

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Heart Patients More Concerned about Disability than Death in Year after Surgery, Study Finds

Traditional cardiovascular revascularization trials have long been designed by clinicians to examine outcomes that are predominantly of interest to clinicians. These trials are sometimes referred to as “tombstone trials” within the medical community for their tendency to focus on death or other adverse cardiac events after heart surgery or other therapies. While so-called tombstone trials are extremely important for informing physicians about a patient’s…

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Esther’s List: Top 10 Tips for Managing Stress

According to Statistics Canada, 23% of Canadians aged 15 and older (an estimated 6.7 million people) reported most days were either ‘quite a bit’ or ‘extremely stressful’. Stress is the mind and body’s response to a perceived threat or stressor, triggering the instinct known as the fight-or-flight response. It can occur when either good or bad things happen in one’s physical environment, personal relationships,…

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