2012 RUISSS McGill Symposium

First-ever RUISSS McGill Symposium a success!

RUISSS McGill partners gather from far and wide

Close to 200 Quebec healthcare professionals gathered on May 28 and 29 to attend the inaugural RUISSS McGill Symposium, under the banner, “A Network in Action.”

Dr. David Eidelman, President of RUIS McGill, Vice-Principal (Health Affairs) and Dean of McGill's Faculty of Medicine

“For almost a decade,” said Dr. David Eidelman, the newly appointed President of the RUISSS (Réseaux universitaires intégrés de santé) McGill, “RUISSS McGill has been a network in action, helping to improve access to health care, develop learning opportunities, promote training, and increase services and expertise in Telehealth.”

Exchange of knowledge, best practices, strengths and challenges dominated the two days. Actions taken to launch programs in areas of health care critical to all of the RUISSS communities, such as aging, children’s health, chronic pain, stroke, oncology and mental health, were also discussed.

During a plenary session, Jean Rodrigue, Assistant Deputy Minister, Direction générale des services de santé et médecine universitaire, spoke about the advantages of the RUISSS, its positive outcomes and the obstacles it will face.

The exceptional work of the TeleHealth team through The Virtual Health and Social Services Centre, a technology-based program that is opening access to health care in targeted areas, was also highlighted.

“During the symposium we witnessed the creativity of all regions in supporting Telehealth,” said Johanne Desrochers, RUISSS McGill Telehealth associate director.  “From the introduction of a dashboard and performance indicators to the emergence of intra-regional networks connected to the RUISSS Telehealth network.”

“The RUISSS structure has clearly led to new forms of cooperation and encourages the optimization of resources and state-of-the-art expertise,” said Yves Bolduc, Minister of Health and Social Services, Quebec, in his program message.

According to the president of the organizing committee and manager of the RUISSS McGill office, Rita Ziade, all expectations for the symposium were exceeded. Jim Gates, director of the McGill Health Network Office, was thrilled to witness such cohesion among the vast span of professionals.


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