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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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Alberta to take over all lab testing by 2022

EDMONTON – Alberta’s NDP government announced a new deal that will see Alberta Health Services take over the medical testing now done by Dynalife, a private-sector laboratory. The agreement will take effect in March 2022, when Dynalife’s recently extended service...

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HTX announces it is immediately shutting down

TORONTO – After serving Ontario’s medtech community for over 12 years, the Health Technology Exchange (HTX) abruptly announced that it has closed for business, effective September 30, 2016. HTX was founded in 2004 with a focus on breaking down the silos...

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$20 million health tech fund open for business

TORONTO – Ontario’s $20 million Health Technologies Fund (HTF) is now accepting applications. Announced in May by William Charnetski (pictured), Ontario’s chief health innovation strategist, the Fund will support the development of leading, market-ready, made-in-Ontario health technologies by accelerating prototyping, evaluation,...

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