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Ontario investing $20 million in health innovation

TORONTO – The provincial government is adopting all six recommendations from the Ontario Health Innovation Council (OHIC) to support more Ontario-made health technologies, improve patient care and spur economic growth. As part of the plan, it will establish a new...

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BC invests in technology for the disabled

VICTORIA – New technology specifically geared to support independence for those with physical and cognitive disabilities is under development at CanAssist, thanks to $3 million in funding from the British Columbia Ministry of Health. “We can all relate to the importance of...

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eHealth Ontario, CGI aim to resolve dispute

TORONTO – A legal dispute between eHealth Ontario and CGI Information Systems over a cancelled registry for diabetic patients will go to arbitration. The dispute over the $46 million cancelled contract was originally set to go to court, but will...

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New hand-washing compliance system at SickKids

TORONTO – DebMed, creator of an electronic hand hygiene compliance monitoring system based on hand hygiene standards recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), announced Canada’s first installation of the system at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), in Toronto. According...

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St. Joseph’s in Guelph names new President

GUELPH, Ont. – “I am very pleased to announce that David Wormald (pictured) will be the new President of St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph, beginning May 11, 2015,” said Paul Elliott, Chair of St. Joseph’s Board of Trustees. “Among the...

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Audit reveals snooping into patient charts

ORILLIA, Ont. – Three employees of Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital are no longer working at the medical centre, while another employee is under further investigation, after they were caught snooping into the health records of over 50 patients over the...

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Battle against bedsores takes a turn

CALGARY – Pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores, are common in patients who spend extended periods of time in bed or sitting down – and researchers at Foothills Medical Centre (FMC) are trying to change that. A randomized controlled trial now...

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OHA announces educational series on eHealth

TORONTO – The Ontario Hospital Association is kicking-off a series of educational conferences and webinars on the topic of eHealth. The programs will cover Ontario’s latest directions in eHealth; how to improve hospital EHR systems and achieve a higher standing...

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Fujifilm completes acquisition of Teramedica

STAMFORD, Conn. and MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc. has announced the completion of its acquisition of TeraMedica, Inc., a global healthcare informatics company and a leading provider of vendor neutral, enterprise solutions. The acquisition will allow Fujifilm...

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New system will use video to monitor babies in NICU

HALIFAX – Care providers, researchers and parents at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax have joined forces to develop ChezNICU, a secure, virtual environment that will link neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) patient rooms with family homes and caregivers on...

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