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Changes coming to Telehealth

AHS is implementing a new Telehealth scheduling application called iScheduler on Dec. 6. This will replace the current Video Conference Scheduling (VCS) application currently in use iScheduler will modernize and simplify the way you make a Telehealth request. Those who request Telehealth sessions will set up an account in the new system, which will only take a few minutes. Training material and other resources will be made available to those who use the system.

Note: As AHS transitions to its new scheduling application, AHS Telehealth will no longer be accepting new requests for 2018, or modifications to videoconferences already booked for 2018. You will have the opportunity to resubmit your request after Dec. 6.

For more information, visit Telehealth.

 Emergent Drug Shortage

BUPivacaine and Lidocaine products There is currently a national shortage for BUPivacaine 0.25% with epiNEPHrine 1:200 000 preservative free (PF) injection and lidocaine 2% with epiNEPHrine 1:200 000 preservative free (PF) injection, with an estimated release date of April 2018.

This shortage is national. As a result, strict restriction in usage is essential at this time. Physicians MUST IMPLEMENT conservation strategies when appropriate. For more information see the medication alert.

CIS Update

AHS seeks help to develop provincial CIS-ready clinical guidance: AHS is looking for experienced clinicians (physicians, nurses, allied health and clinical support staff) from each zone and discipline to work collaboratively in the development of provincial clinical guidance and practice standards to be enabled by the now funded AHS Provincial Clinical Information System solution. This initiative moves AHS towards its goal of a single integrated health system empowered by best evidence tailored to the Alberta context. To learn more about this pivotal work, email at