Launch Supports for Prescribers
Available during the launch period, approximately 1 week before launch and up to 4 weeks post-launch.
This section (launchhelp.connect-care.ca) highlights the supports available during the launch period for prescribers participating in the current launch wave. For CMIO leader launch supports, see CMIO Lead Launch Supports and, for post-launch support, see User Supports. Note that the support types, times and locations can change.
It is important to confirm one's specific launch date to determine whether and when this information pertains, then identify the "department" one will use when logging on:
Prescriber launch supports are organized into four tiers, to be used sequentially (see sections below for more information):
Peers and Super Users (first point of contact)
Site Drop-in Centres (troubleshooting on location)
Virtual Drop-in Centre (help for more complex issues)
CMIO Leaders on Call (for escalated issues)
At any level, a Helpdesk (help.connect-care.ca) call or online request may be required. Helpdesk can facilitate additional assistance for device, network, access, mobility, dictation, and other technology problems.
for urgent issues (e.g., unable to log in, unable to support immediate patient need), seek help from an available Super User or call Helpdesk at 1-877-311-4300 (#1 for Connect Care).
for less pressing matters, take advantage of CMIO launch supports, as above, or visit Helpdesk (help.connect-care.ca) to choose a support pathway.
Peers and Super Users
Super Users - All launch sites have trained peers known as Super Users for at-the-elbow support, with shifts scheduled for coverage of all clinical areas for the first two weeks post-launch. Look for orange lanyards for residents and yellow lanyards for physicians. While dedicated shifts gradually decrease thereafter, Super Users remain embedded in their clinical areas indefinitely. Super User schedules as well as specialty-specific arrangements and contact information are posted in site-specific subsections.
Peers - Post-launch, the most immediate help might come from a colleague, as trained Medical Informatics Leads, Super Users, Power Users, Design Leads and Builders are spread throughout Connect Care sites. Get to know who in your clinic, ward or ER is experienced.
Virtual Drop-in Centre
The Virtual Drop-in Centre provides supports similar to the in-person centres, but virtually and with additional resources (including Medical Affairs representatives for physician role issues and Epic resources for access problems). This virtual help is via an ongoing Zoom call, which allows for screen sharing and allows users to either join an existing group discussion or an individual "break-out" session.
Site Drop-in Centres
Drop-in help for Launch 4 is available in Calgary Zone and in Edmonton Zone, and is available just before and four weeks post-launch. The drop-in centres are good for troubleshooting issues related to mobility, personal device, dictation, personalization and workflows, as well as login, role and access problems.
The master schedule for all sites (including dates, times, and rooms) will be posted for the upcoming wave implementation when available, and site-specific schedules can be found in their subsections posted approximately 4 weeks before launch. Note that locations and times can change.
The site drop-in schedule will be posted to this page when available for next wave launch.
Late-breaking information about the drop-in centres will be posted to this page in the Manual (launchhelp.connect-care.ca).
CMIO Leaders on Call
The Chief Medical Information Office (CMIO) ensures that a physician informatics leader is on call for a number of weeks around launch for issues requiring additional attention because of urgency or complexity.
Many problems can be addressed with self-help resources:
This Manual (manual.connect-care.ca) is updated frequently, reflecting essential knowledge for prescribers.
Updates (blogs.connect-care.ca) are a source of continuing support for prescribers. Check frequently (or subscribe).
Learning Home Dashboards (inside the CIS) maintain lists of tip sheets and guides (or via use of F1 key).
A Training Resources Catalogue (learningfiles.connect-care.ca) lists training materials that can be downloaded.
A Connect Care Knowledge Library (helpfiles.connect-care.ca) has diverse resources.