Welcome to our Spring Newsletter.
The ORA board continues to work on behalf of the members, and we have plenty of positive news to report.
We have completed our members’ survey and are applying your feedback to continue to fulfill our responsibility to represent the needs of our membership.
It may not feel like Spring quite yet, but our AGM is just around the corner, and we are confident that this will continue to represent a landmark weekend and great value to our members. We have an excellent academic program, and of course the networking opportunities are legendary.
We have formalized our relationship with the AHPA and are excited to welcome Allied Health Professionals to our meeting. Registration is underway and we would urge you to book early.
The EAP wait times are currently excellent. We invest significant time advocating on behalf of our members and their patients. We are keen to avoid complacency and if there are any issues with the EAP we would wish to be the conduit for your concerns.
Perhaps the most exciting news is the progress of the informatics committee. There is significant momentum with the project, and we are trying to embed the vision in the needs of all members of the Association. We are looking for a platform which respects the way current members use their EMRs, but which enhances clinical practice by providing tools for practice improvement, practice reflection and audit, as well as potentially developing a research tool.
We remain aware of the concerns regarding data collection and our main efforts at present are to develop a robust governance framework which is acceptable to the Association members. We will present our progress formally at the AGM in May.
Dr Henry Averns
President, Ontario Rheumatology Association