The Digital Specialist
Stream 1: Burnout and Efficiency
In this session, participants will learn:
• How to use EMR Add -ons for in office and virtual care in a specially practice
• How to use an EMR Core clinical dataset for quality care and research
• Preventing burnout in specialty practice using Scribes
At the end of this session, participants will have a better understanding of how specialists can work virtually and in coordination with primary care practices.
Presented by Dr. Vandana Ahluwalia, OMD Specialist Physician Peer Leader
Dr. Vandana Ahluwalia is the past Chief of the Rheumatology Division of the William Osler Health System in Brampton, Ontario. She is a graduate of Queen’s University and completed her medical training at the University of Toronto Medical School. She did her Internal Medicine training and Rheumatology fellowship at U of T with a subsequent research fellowship focus on lupus. She sees patients in her Brampton community practice as well as in the combined Rheumatology/Orthopedics MSK clinic at Brampton Civic Hospital. She continues to be actively involved in clinical trials and studies related to inflammatory arthritis and has co-authored various articles within this therapeutic area. She is a keen proponent of models of care in Rheumatology and is a published researcher in this field.
Dr. Ahluwalia held the position of President of the Ontario Rheumatology Association (ORA) from 2010-2012 and just finished her tenure as President of the Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) in February 2020. She continues to sit on the board of the CRA as the past- President.
In 2012, Dr. Ahluwalia received the “Community Rheumatologist of the Year” award by the University of Toronto, Rheumatology Division. In May 2016, she was further recognized for her pioneering work in models of care (MOC) and electronic medical records (EMR) adoption and received the “Rheumatologist of the Year award” by the Ontario Rheumatology Association. In 2017, she received the “Philanthropy award” presented by the William Osler Health System Foundation for her successful fundraising efforts supporting the hospital and patient care.