Global Clinical Network for Infectious Diseases

The first global platform that empowers healthcare organizations to collaborate and improve the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases.

Project Overview

The Problem

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise worldwide, it’s challenging for most of us, including medical experts, to stay up on top of the daily updates and new information being circulated on the virus.

All this rapidly changing information has presented a worldwide challenge for hospitals that need to create, maintain and distribute up-to-date treatment guidelines to frontline healthcare providers. The situation is made worse because most health organizations are independently creating guidelines. Multiple health organizations are unknowingly duplicating work being done by others, instead of exchanging current protocols and guidelines.

Each organization is independently reviewing emerging evidence, updating their materials and then delivering guidelines to frontline staff. Unfortunately, those clinical guidelines are sometimes delayed or never delivered.

How We Are Solving It

The Global Clinical Network for Infectious Diseases project is building on Firstline, a clinical decision support platform for infectious diseases. Critical clinical guidance can be shared among hospitals and with frontline staff when information is quickly evolving.
Led by Firstline (formerly Spectrum), the project brings together Alberta Health Services, Enso Strategic and Creative Partners, Horizon Health Network, Massive Change Network, National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Saskatchewan Health Authority, Unity Technologies and Vitalité Health Network.
The network links hospitals to allow them to view guidelines developed by institutions across the globe, access their epidemiological datasets and subscribe to updates. Hospitals can adapt and use those guidelines, and the system can help them communicate with frontline healthcare providers through their mobile devices and computers.
The system also provides hospitals with a real-time feed of emerging evidence, information and guidelines, as well as predictive and research data from other sources. It will also include platforms that enable discussion within the hospital and with other health organizations.
This project will be the first to connect hospitals worldwide, permitting them to pool their knowledge and build guidelines together. That rapid communication and collaboration will reduce duplicated efforts and allow hospitals to focus their resources on efficiently tackling COVID-19 and other medical priorities.

The Result

  • Facilitated the sharing of complex clinical knowledge between healthcare organisations across Canada and the US.
  • Delivered meaningful clinical improvements in the treatment of infectious diseases.
  • Reduced the time required for clinical experts to create clinical guidance.
  • Brought a global coalition of infectious disease experts together into one single community.
  • Created novel technology solutions for complex clinical challenges.

Project Lead

  • Firstline SpectrumMD

Project Partners

  • UNITY e1632723956926
  • massivechange
  • enso
  • albertahealth
  • saskhealthweb
  • novascotiahealth
  • horizon
  • vitalite
  • fraserhealth@2x e1632889247174
  • nychealth

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