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Shielding nurses from interruptions reduces med errors

MONTREAL – A new policy of not interrupting nurses when they’re at medication carts or doing their charting has led to a reduction in medication errors of 60 percent at the McGill University Health Centre. The multi-hospital organization has attempted...

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Health records faxed to business by mistake

CALGARY- Despite repeated alerts to Alberta Health Services, a Calgary business continues to receive private health information via fax. Scott Chisolm says his office fax machine has been receiving the sensitive records since 2008. “I’ve seen everything from the results of...

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Apple seeking partners for its HealthKit app

SAN FRANCISCO – Apple Inc has been discussing how its HealthKit service will work with healthcare providers at Kaiser Permanente, Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins. According to news reports, Apple has also been...

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Former MUHC chief trampled in prison riot

MONTREAL – Arthur Porter (pictured), former CEO of the McGill University Health Centre, has been injured in a prison riot in Panama, according to a report by CBC News. Porter was allegedly trampled as prisoners in La Joya prison’s Cellblock 6...

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Hologic’s Horizon DXA given approval in Canada

BEDFORD, Mass. – Hologic, Inc. announced that Health Canada has granted a medical device license for Horizon, a new DXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) imaging platform that assists in the assessment of three critical health problems – osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and...

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N.S. government posts medical errors on website

HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government has followed through on a promise, posting its medical mistakes registry on the health department website, CBC News has reported. According to the government website, making the information public “raises the level of accountability...

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Dr. Peter Pisters appointed president & CEO of UHN

TORONTO – Mr. John Mulvihill, Chair of the Board of Trustees of University Health Network (UHN) and Chair of the Board’s Selection Committee for the President & CEO, announced that Dr. Peter Pisters (pictured), currently Vice President of The University...

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Researchers devise decision-support system for space

MONTREAL – Researchers at St. Mary’s Hospital (SMHC) Research Centre have developed a new technology that can be used in exploration-class space missions and to improve access to healthcare here on Earth. “This new technology, called the Lethality Algorithm, was integrated...

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Workshop on point-of-care testing to be held in Toronto

TORONTO – The Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare will be holding a Point-of-Care Testing workshop in Toronto, October 14, 2014. Many healthcare providers rely on point-of-care testing (POCT) to aid in patient care. The IQMH and international industry leaders...

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U.S. hospital chain suffers data break-in

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Community Health Systems, which operates 206 hospitals across the United States, announced this month that hackers recently broke into its computers and stole data on 4.5 million patients. According to a report by CNN Online, hackers gained access...

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