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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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DI equipment underused at Montreal super-hospital

MONTREAL – The McGill University Hospital Centre, a large and new facility that purchased $255 million worth of top-of-the-line equipment, is unable to keep key pieces running due to a shortage of operating capital. The list includes a positron emission...

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Infoway to ramp up PrescribeIT solution

TORONTO – At the recent Charting the Future of Drug Policy in Canada conference, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, talked about the important role that Infoway’s pan-Canadian e-prescribing service, known as PrescribeIT, can play in delivering the Government...

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Quebec’s ED wait times the worst in Canada, report says

MONTREAL – An independent study concludes that Quebec has the longest emergency wait times in Canada, and among the longest in the industrialized world. Robert Salois (pictured), Quebec’s health and welfare commissioner, says 35 percent of patients in Quebec – one in...

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Ontario launches $20 million innovation fund

TORONTO – Ontario will soon be accepting applications for its $20 million Health Technologies Fund, which will support the development of world class, market-ready, made-in-Ontario health technologies by accelerating prototyping, evaluation and adoption in the Ontario healthcare sector. The $20 million...

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