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Hospital reduces MRI wait to 15 days from 140 days

ORILLIA, Ont. – Wait times for a key diagnostic procedure have been dramatically reduced at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, officials say. Patients can now expect to wait an average of 15 days for an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), which is...

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College offers degree program in health-tech mgmt

OSHAWA, Ont. – Durham College (DC) is proud to announce that it will offer its first degree program, the Honours Bachelor of Health Care Technology Management (HCTM), beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year. The first program of its kind in Canada,...

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Response to ransomware costs hospital $10 million

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Hackers demanded $30,000 from the Erie County Medical Center during a massive cyber-attack in April, when ransomware shut down the hospital’s computers. The medical centre didn’t pay the fee, but it did spend $5 million on new...

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MedDialog allows doctors to connect thru EMRs

TORONTO – Telus Health has announced the launch of MedDialog, a national clinical solution that allows doctors to communicate electronically with other physicians regarding the care of their patients directly from their electronic medical record (EMR) systems. The technology will enable...

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Siemens MRI automatically adjusts to patients

OTTAWA – Health Canada has licensed the MAGNETOM Vida 3 Tesla (3T) magnetic resonance imaging scanner from Siemens Healthineers for sale in Canada. The MAGNETOM Vida features new BioMatrix technology that addresses inherent anatomical and physiological differences among patients, as...

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Webinar shows how to create document strategy

TORONTO – Does your electronic health record have all of the data your care team needs to provide and coordinate patient care? Learn how a platform approach for managing unstructured data can help your organization complete the patient chart, coordinate...

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WhatsApp widely used by docs in United Kingdom

London, UK – Even though Great Britain’s National Health Service prohibits doctors from using the Internet for transmitting patient information, the BBC reports that a significant number of physicians are using WhatsApp and other web-based programs to communicate with each...

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$4 million awarded for focused ultrasound

TORONTO – Dr. Kullervo Hynynen (pictured), director of Physical Sciences at Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI), was awarded $4 million from the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science through its Ontario Research Fund Research Excellence program. Dr. Hynynen’s award will be...

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Amazon revvs up opportunities in healthcare

SEATTLE – Amazon has started a secret skunkworks lab dedicated to opportunities in healthcare, including new areas such as electronic medical records and telemedicine. Amazon has dubbed this stealth team 1492, which appears to be a reference to the year...

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