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Alberta expands the scope of its Netcare EHR, and increases access

Kim Wieringa, Assistant Deputy Minister of Health Information Systems at Alberta Health, the provincial government’s health ministry, in conversation with Contributing Editor, Andy Shaw. CHT: Kim, Alberta has a reputation for being innovative and far-reaching when it comes to health information...

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Infoway selects Telus Health to provide PrescribeIT

TORONTO – Canada Health Infoway announced that it has selected Telus Health as the technical solution provider for PrescribeIT, Canada’s e-prescribing service. “Telus Health proposed an innovative approach that, together with their advanced capabilities and capacity to deliver on our...

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Hub for innovations in aging opens in New Brunswick

FREDERICTON – The AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE) and the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF) are pleased to announce the launch of a national innovation hub to advance policies, practices and services in the fast-evolving field of...

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Federal budget provides Infoway with $300 million

OTTAWA – The federal government’s Budget 2017 includes $300 million over five years for Canada Health Infoway. The money will help Infoway promote e-prescribing and virtual care initiatives, along with efforts to help patients access their own health records electronically,...

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Ontario awards $5.4 million to health-tech innovators

TORONTO – Ontario has committed to funding 15 innovative health technologies via grants from the new, $20 million Health Technologies Fund (HTF). The grants support the development of software and mobile devices that focus on the delivery of better home...

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Ontario introduces its first health ‘innovation brokers’

TORONTO – Ontario has announced its first three healthcare Innovation Brokers, who will accelerate the work of the Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist (OCHIS). They will accomplish this, the government said, by connecting health technology companies, healthcare providers,...

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Alberta budgets funds to build new hospital in Edmonton

EDMONTON – Alberta’s 2017-2018 budget handed out plenty of healthcare goodies earlier this month, with a pledge to build a new hospital in Edmonton and a 200-bed continuing-care facility in Calgary. The $4.5-billion health infrastructure plan also includes money to...

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Quebec rads stop providing U/S in private clinics

MONTREAL – After Quebec announced a ban on medical accessory fees this month, gastroenterologists said they would stop performing colonoscopies in their private practices and radiologists said they’d cancel appointments for ultrasounds in their private clinics. Commercial pharmacists are now...

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Two evaluations of eHealth under way

TORONTO – The Liberal government is scrambling to get a valuation of eHealth Ontario before the auditor general releases what is expected to be a damning report on the controversial electronic health agency. The Toronto Star said government officials are worried...

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