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Alberta creates task force to improve EMRs

EDMONTON – After high-profile figures in the political and medical establishment criticized Alberta’s electronic medical record (EMR) systems as fragmented and ineffective, the Health Minister launched a task force earlier this month to investigate how a more unified system could...

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Lakeridge Health reports breach of 578 patient records

OSHAWA, Ont. – Lakeridge Health notified 578 people last month that their hospital records were inappropriately accessed. Hospital officials say 14 staff members who provide mental health services have been disciplined over the privacy breach, which occurred during a 10-year...

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Island Health fires two over privacy violations

VICTORIA – Vancouver Island’s health authority says it has fired two employees who looked at more than 100 patients’ private healthcare records to satisfy their curiosity. Island Health says the employees looked at 112 electronic health records of patients with...

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Winnipeg CEO announces retirement date

WINNIPEG – Winnipeg Regional Health Authority President and Chief Executive Officer Arlene Wilgosh (pictured) has informed the Board of Directors of her decision to retire effective March 22, 2015. Ms. Wilgosh’s retirement will bring to a close a lifetime commitment...

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Extenway terminals selected by Mount Sinai Hospital

TORONTO – Mount Sinai Hospital has chosen Extenway Solutions Inc., of Montreal, as its vendor for bedside terminals. The Extenway terminals will be installed at 350 beds in the hospital facility and will provide an array of “infotainment” services when...

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Cleveland Clinic achieves Stage 7, ambulatory

CHICAGO – HIMSS Analytics has recognized the Cleveland Clinic Health System with its Stage 7 Ambulatory Award. The award recognizes Cleveland Clinic Health Systems’ attainment of the highest level on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM), which is used to...

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IDC releases its 2015 IT predictions

TORONTO – International Data Corporation Canada (IDC) has released its findings regarding the top information and communications technology predictions for 2015. The number one issue is expected to be IT security, with IDC forecasting that 4 million personal records will...

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MUHC produces health apps at Hackathon

MONTREAL – Healthcare professionals from the Montreal University Health Centre devised innovative solutions at the Design Challenge Montreal event, which was held in the city last month. Their prototypes included systems to keep depressed patients on track; an app to...

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Mackenzie Health to deploy BlackBerry Classic

WATERLOO, Ont. and RICHMOND HILL, Ont. – BlackBerry Limited, a global leader in mobile communications, and Mackenzie Health, a regional healthcare provider serving a population of more than half a million people, have announced that Mackenzie Health will use the...

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EHRs in Quebec need a lot of work: health minister

QUEBEC CITY – Quebec’s Health Minister, Gaétan Barrette (pictured), says the province’s $1.6 billion investment in electronic health records has been a major disappointment. Far from the interoperable and seamless system that was envisioned, the province is left with numerous databases...

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