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Steve Lionais

Dr. Bill makes mobile billing on the go easy

By Rosie Lombardi

Most doctors work shifts at multiple locations. Billing is a major headache because they typically track their billings on paper when they’re off-site, and then spend hours inputting them into their EMR or billing systems. A new mobile app called Dr. Bill can eliminate this chore by capturing billings on the go. “If you integrate…

Basil Harris

Small team wins $2.6 million tricorder X Prize

A seven-member, self-funded team consisting of four siblings has won the international X Prize tricorder consumer medical competition – yes, inspired by the “Star Trek” gizmo – besting 312 entrants from 38 countries, many with corporate and government backing. Final Frontier Medical Devices, led by Basil Harris (pictured), a suburban Philadelphia emergency room doctor, won…

Amrik Virk

Unique HealthTech accelerator launched in B.C.

British Columbia’s first of its kind HealthTech accelerator, focused exclusively on the commercialization of medical technology was announced recently in Surrey’s HealthTech district, a collaborative cluster of health technology companies, academic research labs, and health practitioners. “As an important goal of the #BCTECH Strategy, we’re creating conditions to support and enable the province’s more than 300 biopharmaceutical…

Eric Hoskins 2016

Ontario government launches three new technologies

Ontario is improving patient care through cutting-edge health technology by committing to provide grants for 15 new projects that will improve people’s care at home and in their communities. Dr. Eric Hoskins (pictured), Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was at the Impact Health Summit recently to announce the new technologies that will be receiving support from…

Andrea Bacque

Healthcare needs to address information governance

By Rosie Lombardi

Many emerging trends, from the Internet of Things to consumer demand for healthcare information, are creating new risks because healthcare information is spilling out of its previously protected domains. “We don’t have or apply standards in consistent ways for managing information across the healthcare ecosystem. Provinces are being driven to develop these themselves but each…


No Picture

Get real: Stop blaming doctors for opioid crisis

By Barry Ulmer

Back in the 1980s, the Washington Post ran an article written by reporter Janet Cooke about an 8-year-old boy who was a third-generation heroin addict. “Jimmy’s World” won a Pulitzer Prize – which the paper ultimately had to return because Cooke had written pure fiction. Something similar is going on today. Anyone reading media reports is…

New Products

ViaTherapy app

New app offers rehab support for stroke patients

A new, first-of-its-kind app is now available to support clinicians with decisions on best practice rehabilitation strategies for patients with arm impairment due to stroke. The ViaTherapy app, developed through a worldwide collaboration of stroke rehab researchers co-led by Drs. Mark Bayley, medical director, Brain and Spinal Cord Rehab Program, Toronto Rehab and Steven Wolf of Emory…

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Tiny magnetic implant offers new drug delivery method

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed an implantable device designed to release a drug when triggered by an external magnet. The amount of the drug that the implant ejects into the body can be controlled by using different strength magnets. Such technology may be of particular use in treating localized conditions to…

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World’s first antiviral condom enters Canadian market

Ansell, a global leader in protection solutions and the makers of LifeStyles and SKYN Condoms have announced the Canada launch of LifeStyles Dual Protect. The first condom of its kind, Dual Protect features patented VivaGel lubricant, developed by Starpharma. VivaGel, an innovative antiviral agent, has been proven in laboratory studies to inactivate HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), HSV (herpes simplex virus) and HPV (human…

Fever Scout

FDA clears soft wireless stick-on thermometer

VivaLnk, a firm based in Santa Clara, California, has won FDA clearance to introduce its Fever Scout stick-on wireless thermometer. The device, after being stuck to the skin, is designed to be transmit measurements to a tablet or smartphone. Readings can be checked at any time and those taken previously are also available for review….