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Telus partners with DOmedic to improve senior care

Telus Health and Groupe DOmedic, Inc., a Quebec start-up that designs high-tech products to improve medication compliance, have announced a partnership that will enable better health monitoring and improved medication management for seniors with the launch of xPill PHARMA. Offered by DOmedic to retirement homes, and connected by Telus Health to the pharmacists through their…


Sun Life launches healthcare provider ratings network

Sun Life Financial is amplifying its commitment to bring innovative digital capabilities to Canadians with the launch of the industry’s first national healthcare provider ratings network, available in English and French through the my Sun Life Mobile app. Powered by millions of Sun Life group benefits plan members and 100,000 healthcare providers, the network allows…


Telus drives RPM technology in new directions

By Rosie Lombardi

Hospitals everywhere are being exhorted to cut costs and improve outcomes. There is actually a way to square that circle: remote patient monitoring (RPM). Studies show that monitoring patients at home with biometric technology reduces hospital readmissions dramatically. Equally remarkable is that patient satisfaction with RPM is extremely high. In this Q&A with Dave Wattling…


Telus invests in healthcare technology startups

By Rosie Lombardi

Telus has made headlines over the past two years with its acquisition of several established EMR vendors, and then merging their systems and technologies with its own. But the telecom giant is also nurturing innovative technology by investing in healthcare startups, not just buying it via acquisitions. Telus Ventures, the strategic venture investment arm of…


Cliniconex offers productivity-boosting software

Ottawa-based Cliniconex has received its first seed round led by the Capital Angels and Wesley Clover International. Cliniconex is Canada’s fastest-growing patient outreach solutions vendor. The system boosts the productivity of medical clinics by automating patient outreach such as booking notifications, reminders, cancellations, surveys and preventative care reminders. Cliniconex has established integrations and reseller relationships with the…


It’s official: Loblaws now owns EMR vendor QHR

Retail giant Loblaws officially completed its acquisition of QHR Corp. this month. Through Loblaws’ wholly-owned subsidiary, Shoppers Drug Mart, the company agreed to purchase QHR for $3.10 in cash per share, for a total of $170 million, in August. QHR is expected to operate as a distinct business within the Shoppers Drug Mart division of…


Telus acquisition of Nightingale approved

By Rosie Lombardi

The consolidation of Canada’s EMR market continues, as Nightingale’s shareholders officially approved the terms of acquisition by Telus Health at the end of August 2016. What does this mean for Nightingale’s EMR users? In this Q&A conducted before the deal was approved, Paul Lepage, president of Telus Health, shared some of the details about the…


Investment firm reviews Nightingale and QHR bids

Loblaw’s announcement that it has entered an agreement to acquire all of QHR’s outstanding common shares for approximately $170 million comes on the heels of Telus’ purchase in July of Nightingale. Both QHR and Nightingale are the leaders in the EMR market in Canada, owning about a 33% share of the market. QHR is the leading EMR…


Loblaw makes bid to buy B.C.-based QHR Corp.

Loblaw Companies Ltd. is planning to expand its growing presence in the healthcare industry, proposing a $170 million, all-cash friendly bid to buy a B.C.-based EMR vendor. Canada’s largest food retailer offered $3.10 cash per share of Kelowna’s QHR Corp. – or 22 per cent over the stock’s price on the TSX Venture Exchange –…


Telus announces agreement to acquire Nightingale

Telus Health has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the Canadian business of Nightingale Informatix Corp., including its proprietary EMR software solutions and related assets. Nightingale currently provides its EMR solution to 4,000 physicians in Canada, mainly in Ontario and the Atlantic provinces. The acquisition of Nightingale’s Canadian operations is subject…