Think CEO Sachin Aggarwal spoke to BNN host Amanda Lang about the company’s work combating vaccine hesitancy and how we’re helping healthcare providers deliver care during the pandemic.
Lowering the age group for COVID-19 vaccines means more shots in the arms of Canadians. That’s a good thing, especially as case counts soar and already stretched-thin hospitals struggle to keep up with a surge of patients.
But while COVID-19 vaccines are shown to be effective and safe, changing guidance and poor communication has shadowed the vaccine rollout. That has led to confusion, vaccine shopping, and in some cases, flat-out refusal to get the jab. As more Canadians are able to get the vaccine, the overarching message should be that the best vaccine is the one you are offered.
Read the Hamilton Spectator opinion piece by Think pharmacists Amarpreet Singh and Nihal Abbas here.
Overcoming vaccine hesitancy may be as simple as making a phone call, according to a new study that highlights the vital role pharmacists play in getting some people to roll up their sleeves.
The program, developed by MDBriefCase and published in the journal Vaccines, discovered that a brief conversation with a pharmacist was enough to convince 67 per cent of vaccine-hesitant patients 65 years of age and older to get the flu shot. It also uncovered that there is more than just skepticism hiking the rate of hesitancy.
Read the Healthing article featuring MDBriefCase’s findings here.
Think Research Corporation launched an educational hub to help clinicians and family physicians promote vaccine confidence and reduce vaccine hesitancy, which is a growing area of concern, says CEO Sachin Aggarwal.
“Docs are a real key part of this story,” he said. “Evidence has changed so fast over the course of COVID. Doctors are like you and me, they keep on top of it the best they can, but things are changing rapidly so you need to arm them, and they need to know how to most effectively communicate that information with their patients.”
Read the Medicine Hat News article featuring Think’s CEO Sachin Aggarwal here.
Ontario’s finance minister says he will eliminate the fax machine in government — a long overdue step to drag the public service into the 21st century. He should be applauded for pulling the plug, as our reliance on the cumbersome devices is both antiquated and costly. Now, it’s time to take the next logical step and extend that order to health-care systems across the province and across Canada.
Read the Toronto Star opinion piece by managing director of clinical services Dr. Parminder Singh and CEO Sachin Aggarwal here.
Vaccine hesitancy is a legitimate concern – one that’s being amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that government officials are worried about it, and Ottawa has set up a team of behavioural scientists to monitor how Canadians feel about vaccines and public-health messaging.
Read the opinion piece in the Globe and Mail written by Think CEO Sachin Aggarwal, Managing Director Jason Flowerday, and Managing Director of Clinical Services Dr. Parminder Singh here.
The overdose order set, developed by Think Research and customized for each hospital, streamlines the process of treating patients for clinicians and looks at planning a person’s discharge from the hospital, as well as connecting them to other community supports, such as rapid access addiction medicine (RAAM) clinics.
A Toronto medical clinic is reopening after being closed for several months because of the pandemic. The Imagine Clinic serves some of the city’s most vulnerable people. As of Saturday, the facility will be offering virtual appointments with the support of Think Research.
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