Continuing Care

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…


Sun Life creates huge database of healthcare ratings

By Rosie Lombardi

Sun Life Financial Canada is harnessing the wisdom of crowds to create a massive database of authenticated client ratings of allied health professionals: psychologists, physiotherapists, and more. The company has developed a digital app that allows its millions of clients to rate the services they receive when they file their claims. “We’ve already amassed about…


Curated site helps MDs prescribe medical apps

By Rosie Lombardi

There are thousands of medical apps available out there. But most doctors are reluctant to prescribe them to patients because so little is known yet about their efficacy. A new website tackles this issue by steering Canadian doctors to peer-reviewed apps that may benefit patients. Called Practical Apps, the site was launched in September, 2016…


Cancer agency offers tools to boost screening

According to a new report released by Cancer Care Ontario, many eligible Ontarians aren’t up to date with their cancer screening tests. The Ontario Cancer Screening Performance Report 2016 evaluates the performance of the province’s three organized cancer screening programs: the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP), the Ontario Cervical Screening Program (OCSP) and ColonCancerCheck (CCC). It highlights…


Hearing screening school program expanding in Canada

Clearwater Clinical Limited, makers of SHOEBOX Audiometry, a clinically validated iPad audiometer, along with the University of Ottawa Medical School, is expanding the highly successful iHEAR program to bring much needed hearing testing to elementary school students. In its first phase, the program ran locally across the Ottawa region. The organizations announced that iHEAR is expanding…


Canadian company launches new telehealth service

A Canadian telehealth company is offering virtual medical consultations for episodic care that can be accessed from the privacy of the home, office or hotel room. MyCare MedTech Medical Clinic is utilizing advanced communication technology to connect a patient to a licensed medical provider through its innovative service, GOeVisit. The service uses the same technology…


Virtual mindfulness site created for cancer patients

By Rosie Lombardi

Cancer patients at The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) now have better access to mindfulness therapy, which reduces mood and anxiety symptoms, thanks to a new, first-in-Canada online therapy platform called iMindful. Created through a partnership between TSH and Centennial College, iMindful enables patients to access care on their own terms and on their own schedule – a…

Katelyn Mullally

St. Joseph’s develops digital mental health tools

By Rosie Lombardi

Doctors are always on the lookout for good mental health risk assessment tools that are based on solid evidence and hospital expertise. St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton recently developed such a tool for its forensic psychiatry program, and is planning to launch a similar tool for general psychiatric programs later this year. “We believe that…

Jamie Shafer

App helps doctors execute end-of-life decisions

By Rosie Lombardi

Doctors are often caught in the crossfire when warring family members can’t decide what medical treatment is best for loved ones who can’t communicate or make decisions due to coma, dementia or other disability. A new app released this year by a startup based in Vancouver can address that scenario. Called My Own Voice, the…

Dr Ken Buchholz

Mobile clinics could revolutionize N.S. healthcare

A senior Annapolis doctor says that just four mobile clinics could revolutionize healthcare for rural Nova Scotians – and they would come cheap. Dr. Ken Buchholz (pictured), a former senior physician advisor with the Department of Health, estimated that four fully-equipped trailers plus their support vehicles would cost just over $1 million. This is the…