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Norfolk, Ont. hospital hit by ransomware

SIMCOE, Ont. – The website of the Norfolk General Hospital, in Simcoe, Ont., was recently breached and was potentially distributing ransomware to visitors, according to Malwarebytes, a major provider of internet security software. “We believe the public website was breached and...

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Toshiba sells medical unit to Canon Inc.

TOKYO – Toshiba Corp. sold its medical unit to another Japanese electronics giant, Canon Inc., for $5.9 billion. Canon said in a statement that its acquisition of Toshiba Medical Systems Corp. as a 100 percent-owned subsidiary would aid its ambition to...

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Southlake issues RFP for patient experience system

NEWMARKET, Ont. – Southlake Regional Health Centre has issued an RFP for a real-time patient experience system. The goal is to develop a sustainable process to allow real-time data collection related to the Ultimate Hospital Experience. Survey content and process...

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Canadian Association of Radiologists appoints new CEO

OTTAWA – The Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR), the national voice of radiology, announced that Nicholas Neuheimer (pictured) has been selected as the Association’s new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Neuheimer will assume his new role on April 11, 2016, immediately prior...

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Saskatchewan Party would allow private-pay CT scans

REGINA – Brad Wall (pictured) has promised changes to healthcare if the Saskatchewan Party is re-elected in the provincial election on April 4, including expanding the controversial private-pay MRI scan program to CT scans. Under the MRI legislation, which went into...

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Montreal pilots mental health service for youths

MONTREAL – The University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) and Strata Health Solutions will conduct a pilot aiming to improve direct access to public mental health services for young people and empowering them in the initial consultation process. In Canada, 75%...

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Canadian photodisinfection therapy goes to China

VANCOUVER – Photodisinfection will soon be a vital part of the Chinese medical system, thanks to Vancouver-based Ondine Biomedical. In use across Canada, Ondine’s technology provides rapid antimicrobial efficacy to prevent and eliminate infections without encouraging the formation and spread...

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Medical translation tool for Syrian refugees released

TORONTO – With over 25,000 Syrian refugees recently arrived in Canada, a significant need for primary care healthcare services is expected in the coming weeks and months. However, providing appropriate care to non-English-speaking refugees can involve significant challenges, particularly with...

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London Health Sciences selects Samsung X-ray

LONDON, Ont. – London Health Sciences Centre has selected the SAMSUNG GC85A Robotic Ceiling Digital X-Ray system for its University Hospital Radiology department. Via the Healthcare Materials Management Services (HMMS), a five-year agreement has been signed with APEXIUM Medical Group Inc.,...

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Ottawa Hospital hit with ransomware, four computers locked

OTTAWA – Four computers of The Ottawa Hospital’s network of 9,800 devices were temporarily frozen by ransomware, which encrypted the information on the machines and made it inaccessible to hospital administrators. The hospital wouldn’t disclose what was on the machines that were...

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