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Panel recommends folding Infoway into new agency

OTTAWA – Three federal agencies, including Canada Health Infoway, should be merged into a new organization, called the Healthcare Innovation Agency of Canada, to spur the modernization of healthcare across the country. That’s one of the main recommendations of the...

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Ontario prosecutes hospital workers for snooping

TORONTO – Three hospital workers have been charged under Ontario’s health privacy law for unauthorized access to former mayor Rob Ford’s (pictured) medical records after he was diagnosed with cancer. If convicted, this will be the first time in Ontario’s history...

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Alzheimer’s facility on the brink of bankruptcy

TORONTO – A state-of-the-art home for Alzheimer’s patients in north Toronto is on the edge of bankruptcy, with many of its beds empty. The Jewish benevolent society B’nai Brith, which opened the home’s doors to the public 18 months ago,...

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Hemodialysis re-design wins 3M quality award

VANCOUVER – The hemodialysis team at St. Paul’s Hospital has won a prestigious national award for a care model redesign that improved patient care and saved close to $700,000. The Canadian College of Health Leaders recognized the team for undertaking...

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MD Buyline gives Carestream DR highest ratings

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Carestream Health earned the top rating in MD Buyline’s Market Intelligence Briefing (Q2 2015) for both portable and room-based digital X-ray systems for the second time this year. Carestream’s DRX-Revolution Mobile X-ray System and its DRX-Evolution and DRX-Ascend...

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Surgery helps six-legged cat with rare disorder

EDMONTON – Pauly, a street cat in Edmonton, has been rescued and is now undergoing treatment for a rare disorder – he has six legs. His two extra legs are attached to his sternum behind his front legs. “When I first...

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Experts chide UCLA for lack of encryption

LOS ANGELES – Hackers broke into UCLA Health System’s computer network and may have accessed sensitive information on as many as 4.5 million patients, hospital officials said. This cyberattack at UCLA comes on the heels of a major breach of federal...

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Guelph General Hospital to add nuclear imaging

GUELPH, Ont. – Guelph General Hospital plans to improve its on-site diagnosis of disease with the addition of nuclear medicine imaging this November. The acute-care hospital is the only one of its size in the province to still be without such...

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Mackenzie Health further develops innovation unit

RICHMOND HILL, Ont. – Mackenzie Health has announced the second phase of its Innovation Unit, a living laboratory with 34-beds that is about to implement and test smart messaging and clinical alerting, in conjunction with partners BlackBerry, Cisco and Thoughtwire. In...

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Healthtech announces two key appointments

TORONTO – Healthtech Consultants, the leading Canadian provider of information management services to the healthcare sector, has announced two executive appointments. Gordon Curl (pictured, left) has been appointed as Associate Vice President, while Terri LeFort (pictured, right) has been appointed...

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