Benefits of Interoperability in health care

4 Benefits of Interoperability in Healthcare

When it comes to digital health, few terms are as buzzy as “interoperability”. It’s an awkward word to say, but what does interoperability actually mean?

The Health Care Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) defines interoperability in healthcare as “the ability of different information technology systems and software applications to communicate, exchange data, and use the information that has been exchanged.” To put it simply, it’s the ability to share and interpret patient information across an entire system.

Imagine the possibilities of a healthcare system where not only is patient data collected and shared between healthcare providers, but is also interpreted and presented in a way that is clear, concise, and demonstrates the cause and effect of each type treatment received by a patient. Let’s take a look at four crucial ways interoperability could improve healthcare.

Improved Efficiency

If we had to pick one way that interoperability would most greatly affect healthcare, our money would be on improving efficiency. This technology could greatly reduce the time spent by practitioners inputting and interpreting data. Rather than needing to send and receive patient data via fax or email, that data would be immediately available, also decreasing the workload on support staff. Resources typically tied up in administrative tasks could be shifted to increase focus on patient care. 

A 2017 Report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) shows about 20% of Canadians wait seven days to see their family doctor when they are sick, and about 56% of Canadians say it takes more than four weeks to see a specialist. Interoperability can reduce wait times, so patients can access timely care.

Easier Research

Interoperability can open doors to research opportunities. With vast amounts of patient information securely collected and shared, it will be easier to measure the impact of healthcare delivery on patient outcomes. 

Improved Public Health Data

Adoption of interoperable digital health technologies will allow for faster, more accurate collection and interpretation of public health data. Recognizing, tracking, and predicting the spread of contagious ailments can limit their spread, enable better preparation, and increase the effectiveness of treatment. Applying the same tactics to predict long-term health trends can create opportunities for preventative measures to be adopted on a larger scale, potentially reducing long-term healthcare costs.

Improved Programs & Services

Afterall, what is the point of collecting and interpreting all of that data if it’s not going to be used to improve the patient experience? Learning more about how healthcare is impacting patients across the entire ecosystem will shine a light on how we can most effectively improve patient experiences and outcomes.

Digital Health Week

If you’re interested in learning more about interoperability in healthcare, or digital health in general, we invite you to participate in Digital Health Week (November 13-19, 2017) and follow #ThinkDigitalHealth on Twitter. 

Food Finder YYC - Calgary Software Development

Food Finder YYC Gets Some Awards Love

Each year Digital Alberta hosts The Ember Awards, a night to gather and celebrate Alberta’s digital excellence. At this year’s Embers at the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton, Uppercut was recognized for Best Non-Profit Project for our contribution to Food Finder YYC.

Food Finder YYC aims to create food security for vulnerable youth throughout Calgary by using a Website and/or an SMS ChatBot to connect individuals with free food-related resources according to their current location. The project was a collaborative effort involving several local organizations, spearheaded by Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids (BB4CK), dedicated to providing proper nutrition to those in need.

Food Finder YYC - Uppercut - Calgary Web App

At Uppercut, we believe in using technology to help make the world a better and healthier place. We are humbled to have had the opportunity to donate our time in a way that continues to add value to the community and are honoured to have been recognized at The Embers for our contribution.

In addition to the love we’ve seen from Digital Alberta and The Ember Awards, the Food Finder YYC project has helped us score a nomination for REAP’s Be Local Awards. We sat down to chat with Centaine Tyler of REAP about working on the project, as well as some possible future plans and developments.



Go give the Food Finder YYC website or Text “Food” to 587-318-0232 to see how we’re using technology to get nutritious food into the hands (and stomachs!) of Calgary’s youths.


Everyone has #UnexpectedExpenses - Financial Literacy Month

Everyone Has #UnexpectedExpenses

Few things are as stressful and as damaging as the cycle of debt. Nearly 60% of Albertans are within $200 of not being able to cover their expenses each month and a shocking number of people don't have rainy day savings funds. So what happens when your car breaks down or when you lose your job? What about if a pet gets sick, or a loved one needs your full-time care? Any of these unexpected expenses can come out of the blue and would leave many Albertans in debt.

November is Financial Literacy Month in Alberta. In November 2016, with the help and support of a group of concerned citizens and community groups, we launched the Unexpected Expenses campaign. The project received support from the Alberta Government, City of Calgary, City of Edmonton, ATB Financial, First Calgary Financial, Fiasco Gelato, United Way, Enough for All, Money Mentors, SAIT, Bow Valley College, and more.

One of the most amazing parts of the project is that is was generously funded by community members set on improving Albertan’s relationship with money and to help them prepare for future obstacles. In fact, most of the funds came from a sole philanthropist who had a strong passion to eliminate or reduce the usage of payday lending. The project wasn't affiliated or funded by any banks.

Our team engaged with Albertans for a month-long awareness campaign. We asked people to share their #unexpectedexpenses story on social media for a chance to win a daily prize of $500. These funds were added to a savings account in order to help individuals build their rainy day fund. That's 30 Albertan's with $500 in emergency savings in their bank, and thousands more that were reminded of all of the obstacles life can throw your way.

A panel comprised of several of our team members would discuss the submitted cases and select an individual to receive the $500 rainy day fund. This project was heart-wrenching. We received stories covering everything from health issues, car accidents, struggling single parents, spouses building massive secret debt, veterinarian bills, bankruptcy, natural disasters, funeral costs, unexpected travel, and people who had gotten themselves in trouble with payday lenders. It was no easy task to select one story every day, given the vast quantity and scope of the submissions, with an average of 25-50 unique stories daily.

Unexpected Expenses Campaign Goal

The primary goal of the project was to educate individuals of the importance of setting aside money for these rainy day funds, as well as to help get them started. Our focus was on helping educate Albertan's about all of the amazing financial resources and programs available across Alberta. We built a website that housed a list of many of these resources covering topics ranging from budgeting help, RESP childhood education planning, free financial coaching and workshops, government programs, student resources, rebuilding bad credit history, alternative loans, saving for emergencies, and credit counseling services.

Our team worked hard to build a community around the campaign on social media, through our website and blog stories, as well as through print and digital advertising. We also worked alongside public relations experts to increase news coverage, engage with local influences, and to host a press conference in Edmonton.

Impact Over 1 Month

* 30 Emergency funds were given away across Alberta ($500 each)

* 1,245,000 impressions, 1787 link clicks and 476 posts on social media

* 7100 website page views (educational content)

* 4117 engagements on social media (likes, reactions, comments, shares)

* 833 contest entries

* 7 News outlets covered stories

Campaign Resources & Credible Financial Literacy

- The website

- Social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

- Postcards and advertisements. (see below)

- News & Media (Global News, Calgary Herald, CBC Calgary, Calgary Chamber, Edmonton Journal, 660 News, Edmonton Sun, etc.)


Become a Public Speaking Ninja

Join Charisma Pro's Beta and Become a Public Speaking Ninja

Who said Calgary isn’t an innovative city? We’ve got 1000’s of startups, dozens of co-working spaces, investors, mentors and most importantly a thriving community of people rallying around innovation in Alberta.

One of these exciting innovations is a highly-unique public speaking mobile app called Charisma Pro. We are working with Avnish Mehta, CEO of Stand & Command and public speaking coach who’s mentored TED Talk presenters, he’s keen to help entrepreneurs and business professionals get a standing ovation.

Charisma Pro is a personal public speaking coach that trains you to be a more effective communicator by measuring the pitch, frequency, and power of your voice and comparing you to well-known speakers. Essentially, giving you a score of the charisma and engagement in your voice. The app is ideal for business professionals and entrepreneurs looking to hone in on their presenting, pitching, and sales skills.

Avnish’s co-founder Michael Brougham is a Vocal Acoustician (Sound Scientist) who’s built the app’s back-end algorithm to assure analysis accuracy. He’s been studying the vocal track and how voice pitch influences our impression of people for many years. His sound science training commenced under a master of the Bel Canto method of singing at the University of Alberta.


We Want to Hear What You Have to Say (Pun Intended)!

Interested in tinkering with new products and technology? We are currently looking for beta users to help guide user needs and market intelligence to build the best possible customer-centric experience for people like you. Your insight and behavior around public speaking are invaluable to our process, to assure we build  what people actually need. We are hoping you may want to join in on the beta fun at

Early Adopter Beta Benefits:

You’ll start unleashing more of yourself and be able to speak more confidently in presentations, business meetings, networking events, interviews, and any other event where you need to make a lasting impression.

– Full Access to Charisma Pro’s Voice Coach App

– Train Yourself to Be a More Charismatic Speaker (Woo Your Audience)

– Better Understand the Science Behind Engaging People

– Be a Part of an Innovative Local Communications Initiative


Here’s what they can expect from our phased beta approach:

Phase 1: Public Speaking Discovery (6 min Survey)

Phase 2: Playing With the App (User Experience Feedback)

Phase 3: Help Guide New Features (Quick Polls)

*Plus thought leadership around how you can become a better public speaker.


Now is the time to make that business idea a reality. Many of the most successful companies like Facebook, Twitter, Apple, Microsoft, General Electric, FedEx, Disney, and IBM came from times of economic hardship (recessions, downturns, and financial crisis).  Let’s talk! Our team can help you from perfecting your idea, pitching materials, launching a company and the day-to-day digital marketing.

Tell us what you think below. Share your two cents and get involved.

TEDXYYC Giveaway

TEDxYYC Entrepreneur Giveaway

Win a ticket to TEDxYYC’s sold out event!

Are you an Albertan entrepreneur or wantrepreneur that’s dying to attend this mind-expanding event? We hear you, it’s a pretty dynamite lineup of speakers You’ll hear from renowned speakers about sustainability and clean capitalism, medical technology innovation, gaming advocacy, the science of gravitational waves, getting in touch with natural leadership and more. We are innovation advocates to the core, we play with 3D printers, MUSE headsets, build apps, tinker with new technology and help business owners build their ideas from scratch. Hence why we are excited to share the love with this riveting event.

When: Friday, June 26th,  1:00 – 6:00pm

Where: Jack Singer concert Hall, Calgary, AB

Ticket: Valued at $92. The winner will pick up at Assembly Co-working space.

We look forward to seeing you at TEDxYYC! Hit us up on Twitter if you would like to meet-up.



  1. Uppercut’s TEDxYYC Entrepreneur Giveaway is open only to Alberta residents who are over the age of majority in their province of residence at the time of entry. Employees, representatives and agents of Uppercut, and its parent companies, affiliates, agencies, as well as the immediate family members (spouse, children, parents, and siblings) and those living in the same household of such employees, representatives and agents are not eligible to enter. Void where prohibited by law.

How to Enter

  1. Online: Visit us at between June 22, 2016 to June 23, 2016 at 8:40 pm MT and enter the required information. To be eligible for the drawing in any particular Draw Period during the Giveaway Period, entrant must complete entry before 8:40 PM MT on the last day of the applicable Draw Period. Upon submission of your entry online, you will be automatically entered in theTEDxYYC Entrepreneur Giveaway for the Draw Period in which your entry is received, subject to the qualification in the preceding sentence.
  2. Limit one (1) entry per person, per Draw Period. All entries from individuals found to have entered more than once will be void.