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Team-based rounds boost the quality of care

REGINA – A collaborative model of bedside care, one of the first of its kind in Canada, is being tested at the Pasqua Hospital, part of the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region. The Accountable Care Unit pilot seeks to improve safety and...

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Greater funding needed to reduce medical error

BALTIMORE, Md. – A recent report stating that medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States may have raised eyebrows – and the hackles of some doubters – but the issue still remains: if this is...

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Ontario moves to strengthen patient privacy and rights

TORONTO – Ontario is on its way to a new healthcare privacy protection act – in early May, the Health Information Protection Act (HIPA) passed third reading in the Ontario legislature. The Act introduces new measures to improve privacy, accountability and...

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Pair convicted of snooping into Rob Fords records

TORONTO – Two health workers who peered into late mayor Rob Ford’s (pictured) electronic health records without authorization have become the first in Ontario to be convicted under the province’s health privacy law. The Toronto Star reported that Mohammad Rahman, of...

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CAMH and Memotext partner on schizophrenia app

TORONTO – The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and Memotext Corp. have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop and commercialize an app for people with schizophrenia. The app will engage patients more fully with the recovery process,...

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Microsoft’s cloud offers data residency in Canada

TORONTO – Microsoft Canada announced that the Microsoft Cloud is now officially available using datacenters based in Toronto and Quebec City. The offerings include the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, which supports a wide variety of programming languages, tools and frameworks,...

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Patrick Lo appointed CEO of Privacy Horizon

TORONTO – Mark Kohler, and Privacy Horizon Inc., an e-health privacy services company, are pleased to announce that Patrick Lo (pictured) has joined PHI to lead the organization as its newly appointed chief executive officer. Mr. Lo brings Privacy Horizon more...

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MediSolution acquires Ottawa-based Emerald Health

TORONTO – MediSolution, a leading provider of ERP software solutions and services to healthcare and service sector customers, announced it has acquired Emerald Health Information Systems Ltd, of Ottawa. The acquisition was made through MediSolution’s parent company, N. Harris Computer Corp. Established...

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Doctor in your pocket launches in Ontario

TORONTO – Akira, a mobile platform that connects patients to family doctors on demand, has been launched to bring patients one-on-one consultations straight from their smartphone. Available for download on Android and iOS, the app allows patients in Ontario to consult...

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KKESH first in Middle East to achieve HIMSS Level 7

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH) has announced that it has achieved Stage 7 on the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM). It’s the first hospital in the Middle East...

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