Winter 2023 (Volume 33, Number 4)

Project Athena Update:
CRA Member Input

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The Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) continues to address practice and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) inefficiency as a top priority through Project Athena.

Here are the latest Project Athena updates:

1. The CRA continues to explore multiple technological solutions which can potentially reduce administrative burden and standardize charting.

2. Project Athena consultants continue to work with the Quality Care Committee to provide oversight over an EMR optimization project and a Digital Quality Improvement project. Meetings will be held monthly.

3. In-depth interviews were held with rheumatologists to gain further insights into key problems and how they are being overcome.

4. Consultants are looking for examples of forms that are difficult/time-consuming to use from the membership.

The CRA values your input. Please send the top 2 or 3 most troublesome forms and what is most difficult/time-consuming about filling them out to

If you have any questions or would like to discuss Project Athena, please contact CRA CEO Dr. Ahmad Zbib at


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