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What we do

The Centre for Health Evidence (CHE) provides a range of information and communication services to a variety of health organizations and professional associations. We work on many projects simultaneously, allowing us to carry ideas and lessons from one project to another, creating efficiencies and synergy. For details on some of our current initiatives and partners, visit our Projects page.

VIVI Technologies Services

CHE is a global distributor of Vivi Technologies, which allows us to customize our products for groups we partner with, and also develop new features for the core product itself. Vivi Technologies are personal, mobile, distributed online environments that provide users with access to applications and resources residing on the Internet, intranet, or local workstations.

Vivi Technologies are applied to three broad areas: learning, research and practice. Vivi Technologies may cover one or more of these areas.

Virtual Learning Communities

Vivi Technologies with a learning focus organize educational content such as university curriculum, workshop series, or continuing education activities. Features available include presentations, videos, readings, discussion forums, online note-taking tools, interactive learning activities, calendars, integration of licensed resources, and more. Educational curriculum and materials may be developed by CHE, project partners, or a third party.

CHE becomes closely involved in these learning programs, going beyond technical solutions to provide a complete program delivery package. We invest our collective experience in program management, teaching, technology management, and subject expertise. We often develop customized tools and resources to meet the needs of the learning community. In some cases we also facilitate the day to day operations of the program. Additionally, staff may be called upon to teach on a range of topics relating to information management and evidence-based practice.

Virtual Research Communities

Vivi Technologies with a research focus allow users to share research findings and collaborate online. Virtual working group folders can be set up for sharing files, meeting minutes, contact information, and more. Access levels (no access, read only, editing rights) are controlled at the individual level. Custom tools for tracking research projects can also be developed.

Virtual Practice Communities

An area of special expertise at CHE is integrating knowledge and clinical resources. Knowledge resources include free web applications, subscription-based products, and even full suites of knowledge tools. Clinical resources include electronic health records, imaging tools, and drug information databases.

These self-sustaining, peer-to-peer expertise-sharing environments have proven particularly effective in changing practitioner attitudes and behaviours.

A community's Vivi Technologies are available to authorized members of that community only, which allows for protected sharing of resources, ideas, and personal information.

Other Services

In addition to Vivi Technologies-related services, CHE provides a range of other services that support the learning, teaching, and practice of evidence-based health care.

Curriculum Services

Vivi Technologies have a proven track record as platforms for delivering online educational content to the health care sector. Health Evidence Literacy and Health Information Literacy curricula were developed by Dr. Rob Hayward at the Centre for Health Evidence.

Health Evidence Literacy

All clinicians experience uncertainty. Evidence “literate” clinicians manage their uncertainty by recognizing where evidence might help. Health Evidence Literacy is about being systematic about linking the best of what is known to the best that can be done. It calls for unique skills in:

  • Assessing an initially disorganized information mix in order to recognize and detect important patient problems;
  • Asking relevant questions that suggest an appropriate source of information and are specific enough to facilitate an efficient search for evidence;
  • Acquiring the most important evidence from an ever-expanding health literature;
  • Appraising the best information to expose overt bias and variability; and
  • Applying useful, valid and important evidence while monitoring health outcomes to see whether the patient or population goals are achieved.

These are the five steps of the evidence information cycle.

Health Information Literacy

Faced with rapid digitization of the health information workplace, health care training programs struggle to equip graduates to work effectively, efficiency and safely at the front lines of health care. An increasingly familiar lament is that new graduates -- in all health disciplines -- are ill-prepared to use electronic records, digital images, tele-health, decision support, or secure communications. The Health Information Literacy Curriculum developed by Dr. Rob Hayward covers topics not currently taught:

  • Information Communication Technologies
  • Privacy, Confidentiality and Security
  • Personal Information Management
  • Shared Information Management
  • Clinical Information Management
  • Clinical Decision Support
  • Clinical Simulations

Consultation Services

CHE provides decision support and knowledge integration consultation services on a limited basis.

CHE is among the most experienced multidisciplinary groups specifically focused on decision support and the interface between health knowledge and health decisions. Our philosophy on decision support is to enable evidence-based practice through the lens of PBE practice-based evidence.PBE starts by looking at the information environment of front-line decision-makers.

This philosophy is supported by using proven information management systems optimized to serve the needs of groups interested in decision support. CHE has a rich understanding of the full range of technologies and issues that can help groups put knowledge to work.

The common-sense approach of PBE, coupled with our experience and technical expertise, allow us to provide credible, specialized consultation services.

Research Facilitation

Vivi Technologies capture events and activities in a secure database. As such, they can perform as an information laboratory for someone wanting to research existing data or capture new data on information behaviours. In the past CHE has facilitated researchers as they seek to answer questions about online environments as a medium for learning and collaboration.

For more information on any of these services, contact us.