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Alberta budgets $400 million for provincial EHR

EDMONTON – Alberta will top $20 billion in healthcare spending for the first time this fiscal year, as the NDP government moves ahead with major investments in cancer care, information technology and long-term care. The entire capital budget to build health...

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Ontario creates panel to improve health supply chain

TORONTO – The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is taking action to develop a province-wide strategy to improve the delivery of supply chain management across the healthcare sector through the Healthcare Sector Supply Chain Strategy. This strategy aligns with Ministry...

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ARTIC to help spread Choosing Wisely

TORONTO – The Adopting Research to Improve Care (ARTIC) Program, co-led by Health Quality Ontario and the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario and funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, have announced the newest ARTIC project, Choosing...

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CPOE fails to detect many serious problems: study

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A survey of U.S. hospitals with Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) systems found that 39 percent of potentially harmful drug orders weren’t flagged by the systems to alert staff of potential errors. The analysis, done by Castlight Health,...

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Cossette nurtures west-coast startups with incubator

VANCOUVER – Cossette, a marketing and communications company, has opened a branch of Cossette Labs, an incubator, in Vancouver. Since launching in Montreal in 2012 and expanding to Toronto in 2014, Cossette Labs has worked with 12 different Canadian tech-related startups,...

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N.S. woman keeps receiving health records

BEDFORD, N.S. – A business woman in Bedford has been receiving mental health records of strangers via fax for over ten years. Despite her efforts to correct the error and stop the faxes, they continue to arrive. CBC News reported that...

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MUHC, industry to train students in surgical tech

MONTREAL – The McGill University Health Centre has received a $1.6 million grant to fund a new project that will provide inter-disciplinary training to students in the field of surgical robotics. The project will also aim to produce new surgical...

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Privacy at stake as doctors use smartphone photos

TORONTO – Across Canada, many physicians are now using their smartphones to take photos of patients and their medical conditions as part of their day-to-day practice. The pictures are easy to share with colleagues for second opinions, and in some...

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ThoughtWire one of Gartner’s cool vendors

STAMFORD, Conn. – Gartner Group’s list of Cool Vendors in Healthcare for 2016 includes Toronto-based ThoughtWire, the developer of an intelligent “Internet of Things” platform that integrates and orchestrates workflows for medical devices, alerts and notifications, building systems, and other electronic...

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OTN launching new service to assist innovators

TORONTO – The Ontario Telemedicine Network will soon roll out a Digital Health Stewardship program that will connect inventive companies with potential health-sector customers. The goal is to inject more innovation into the healthcare system, especially in the area of...

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