Administrative Solutions

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…

Andrew Neuner

Website collects Albertans’ experience with ER care

By Rosie Lombardi

The Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) recently unveiled a website that collects and presents information culled from patient surveys and administrative health data about the quality of care received at 16 ERs across the province. The website uses simple graphics to visualize information in 18 categories delving into wait times, staff responsiveness and other…

Doug Kavanagh

Entrepreneurial MD shares insight on tech start-up

By Rosie Lombardi

Doctors who try to start up a tech company on a part-time basis will likely fail. That’s one of many insights shared by Dr. Doug Kavanagh (pictured), co-founder of Toronto-based CognisantMD and 2016 winner of the CMA’s Joule award. The company has successfully launched Ocean, a multi-lingual tablet app that allows patients to complete questionnaires…


Toronto MD makes medical & astronautical history

On Jan. 11, astronauts aboard the International Space Station did something that could revolutionize extraterrestrial healthcare: using a desktop-sized 3D printer, they made their own medical supplies, using blueprints downloaded direct from Toronto. 3D4MD, the company behind the historic feat, created the digital files, which can be printed out in three dimensions wherever needed. The…

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…

Melanie Morin

Sudbury medical software firm wins innovation award

When Melanie Morin (pictured) had to call down the list for nurses to fill last-minute shifts, she’d reach a “pain point.” Now, Morin is the CEO and president at StaffStat, a Sudbury-based software company that is automating staff scheduling to eliminate that pain point in healthcare facilities. In November, StaffStat gained provincial recognition when they won…


Loblaws medical clinic group invests in Cliniconex

Cliniconex, an Ottawa-based startup launched in 2011, makes software that sends patients detailed reminders of upcoming appointments. It’s a seemingly simple step the company says reduces the number of no-shows dramatically and makes doctor visits more efficient by ensuring patients are better prepared for procedures – for example, by reminding them to bring running shoes…


Hospital shift scheduler makes changes a breeze

By Rosie Lombardi

Doctors who work shifts at their local hospitals need an easy way to make scheduling changes. Most hospitals still use error-prone spreadsheets and require extensive messaging to inform all manner of staff members whenever a change is made. To tackle this, Dr. Rob Horvath (pictured), a Toronto-based ER physician, has developed Medevision, a Web-based system…

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Brightsquid boosts secure messaging for doctors

By Rosie Lombardi

A Calgary company says it has solved the security issues in healthcare communications, and it’s growing dramatically now that Alberta-based doctors can bill for the time they spend on digital messaging. Started up in 2009, Brightsquid has over 30,000 users on its secure e-mail platform, and it’s adding about 1,500 new users every month. The…


FHT clinics turn to Akira to avoid penalties

By Rosie Lombardi

The Akira digital health service that launched this year in Ontario was born out of a millennial’s frustration with the complete lack of technological convenience in the healthcare system. “The way Canadians interact with their doctors hasn’t really changed in 100 years,” says Akira’s co-founder Dustin Walper (pictured). To tackle this, Akira offers many modern…