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Alexis Zervoglos

Digital cardio device set to displace Holter

By Rosie Lombardi

A new heart monitoring wearable developed by San Francisco-based Qardio is set to modernize the way cardiologists collect and use patient data. Called QardioCore, the device is equipped with powerful sensors that record 20 million data points which are streamed to a smartphone app and can be viewed in real-time. Users can take the water-resistant…

Blake Adam

Medimap posts clinic wait times online, reduces calls

By Rosie Lombardi

Busy clinics now have an easy administrative solution that can cut calls from patients inquiring about wait times by about 40 percent. Called Medimap, the site was launched in September 2015, and is now being used by over 250 clinics in B.C, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario. “Wait times are already updated throughout the day by…

Lindee David

Joule offers 2017 round of innovation grants to MDs

The Canadian Medical Association’s newest company, called Joule, has opened its second round of grants seeking promising physician-led ventures designed to innovate and revolutionize healthcare in Canada. Five grants ranging between $25,000 and $50,000 will be allocated in three categories to eligible Canadian Medical Association (CMA) members. Deadline for applications is May 1, 2017 with…

Dr Jean Seely

3D mammography trial underway at The Ottawa Hospital

A trial underway in Ottawa represents the first large randomized, multi-centre study to assess whether a novel 3D digital tomosynthesis technology combined with 2D digital mammography may be more effective at reducing the incidence of advanced breast cancers than conventional 2D mammography alone. Previous smaller studies suggest that this new kind of mammography can increase breast cancer…

Dr Frank Rybicki

Canada’s first 3D medical printing lab launched

Ten days after seeking out Dr. Frank Rybicki (pictured) on Twitter and asking him for a 3D printed hand, David Chasse was finally able to not only use his left hand, but gain his independence. “I haven’t been able to grab a water bottle normally in such a long time,” the Renfrew resident said after…


Ben Haywood

Patients desperately seeking real world evidence

When most people think of medical evidence, they think of carefully controlled studies in peer-reviewed journals. The “pyramid of evidence” runs from animal studies and editorials through case series and clinical trials, all the way up to systematic meta-analysis. But the pyramid reflects a very black and white view of the world – good quality evidence…

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Alberta website lets patients check ER wait times

The Health Quality Council of Alberta (HCQA) has introduced a new website in a bid to simplify access to healthcare information. FOCUS on Emergency Departments compiles data on emergency room wait times for 16 of the busiest hospitals in Alberta, patient experiences, and wait times to see specialists. The HQCA polls thousands of Albertans each year…

Clinic Seeker

Windsor app provides information on nearby clinics

Patients who need care but don’t require emergency room services can now find clinics in the area by using a Windsor-made mobile app. Clinic Seeker, which launched in January for Apple and Android systems, gives users a list and a map of nearby medical centres with wait times reported by others. Company CEO and founder Lisa Jacobs…

Blisly app

Free app predicts how weather can affect health

A new free app called Blisly can predict how weather variations will affect your health, including asthma, allergies and migraines. The app was developed by Montreal-based Jocelyne Blouin, who was a meteorologist with Radio-Canada for 33 years. Now, Blouin is the vice-president of research and meteorology for Blisly – an app that’s designed to let people better…

FH Hackathon

Overdose-response app is a Fraser hackathon winner

When computer-science student Sean Bergunder heard how bad the overdose crisis had become from his mom, a nurse, he decided to do something about it. One of the winning ideas from January’s 48-hour health hackathon, hosted by Fraser Health, is an app that would crowdsource overdose reports in real-time to better connect people carrying naloxone…