2012 RUIS McGill Symposium

First-ever RUIS McGill Symposium a success!

RUIS McGill partners gather from far and wide

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

“For almost a decade,” said Dr. David Eidelman, the newly appointed President of the RUIS (Réseaux universitaires intégrés de santé) McGill, “RUIS 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 RUIS 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 RUIS, 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, RUIS McGill Telehealth associate director.  “From the introduction of a dashboard and performance indicators to the emergence of intra-regional networks connected to the RUIS Telehealth network.”

“The RUIS 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 RUIS 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.

For access to the presentations, please visit “Post conference” at: www.medicine.mcgill.ca/symposiumruismcgill/