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Halton’s new hospital employs state-of-the-art technologies

The new Oakville Hospital, which opens December 13th after four years of construction, is using a combination of organizational innovation and technological wizardry to provide the best patient care possible. While the hospital may be huge – it’s 1.6 million-square feet...

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Health system renewal relies on empowered patients

Information is power. Over the course of history, information has helped underdogs break free from their dependencies on those who controlled the masses. At times, it has even contributed to the toppling of regimes and the elimination of famine. This reminds...

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Canada’s newest hospitals are electronic ‘ecosystems’

Hospital or ecosystem? With all of the modern networking and integration going into new hospital builds across Canada, the comparison has never been more appropriate. At the Niagara Health System (NHS) St. Catharines site, a state-of-the-art acute care facility that...

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Automating work of cardiologists and staff improves patient care

Diagnostic imaging devices are remarkable technologies, but they’ve been developed separately over the years by different vendors, without regard to how they’re used together. That incompatibility problem not only plagues radiologists, but cardiologists, too. Busy hospitals and cardiology clinics must work...

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Barcoding key to reaching HIMSS Level 6

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When Toronto East General Hospital started its automation journey in 1997, the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) didn’t even exist. Now, 18 years since implementing its first “view-only” systems to provide clinicians with better access to information,...

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48 disciplined for snooping on patient info

CALGARY – One healthcare employee has been fired and 47 other workers in Calgary are facing disciplinary action for inappropriately accessing patient information. “All of these individuals now face disciplinary action, including suspensions without pay ranging from two to five...

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Medworxx Solutions Inc. sold to Aptean Inc.

TORONTO – Medworxx Solutions Inc., announced that it has been acquired by Aptean Inc., of Atlanta, at a cost of $15.9 million (Cdn). With the acquisition, Aptean also announced its entrance into the healthcare industry. Medworxx is a leading provider of...

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HIMSS Analytics study identifies barriers to BI

CHICAGO – Resistance by end-users, poor data quality and trouble integrating data from disparate sources are among the top factors preventing healthcare organizations from adopting business intelligence (BI) and analytics, according to a new study conducted by HIMSS Analytics on behalf...

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New patient portals launched, but lots more needed

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. – The Group Health Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., has joined the ranks of healthcare organizations offering a patient portal with secure access to test results and much more. The Group Health Centre has launched myCARE,...

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