Continuing Care

James Lee

Smart packaging for meds will talk to phones

By Rosie Lombardi

Smart technology that secures medication will be a reality very soon. Technology to prevent counterfeiting and tampering, and to track patient compliance of drug regimens will become commonplace in a year or two because costs are dropping significantly. Jones Packaging Inc., a design and manufacturing company based in London, ON, is working on a number…


Michael-Green-new

Infoway study shows benefits of ambulatory EMR

Electronic medical record (EMR) use in ambulatory care, along with complementary technologies, is yielding health system and patient benefits such as improved patient safety, continuity of care and clinic efficiency, according to a new study. The Infoway commissioned Emerging Benefits of EMR Use in Ambulatory Care in Canada: Benefits Evaluation Study also points to more upside potential…


Dr Andrew Cave

Asthma researchers develop EMR-based care guide

Children with asthma could soon be breathing easier thanks to new research that promises to put a treatment guide directly into their electronic medical record with their family physician to ensure they receive the best evidence-based care. The Alberta Primary Care Pathway for Childhood Asthma will introduce this innovative mechanism to 22 medical practices across…


Nicolas Bergeron

Montreal’s doctors take to the streets with mobile clinic

By Rosie Lombardi

About 30,000 people across Canada are homeless and often without medical care, because many avoid going to clinics out of fear or shame – until a major medical crisis lands them in hospital. In Montreal, Telus Health and Doctors of the World Canada have teamed up to provide a mobile medical clinic manned by volunteer…


Dr Peter Butt

EpiPen tech needed to administer anti-opiate drug

A Saskatoon addictions expert says he is cautiously optimistic after news that a life-saving anti-overdose drug could be available in Canadian pharmacies without a prescription by early to mid-2016. Naloxone is an “anti-overdose” drug that can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose from drugs like morphine, fentanyl, heroin or methadone. Health Canada recently revealed that it…


Eric Hoskins 2016

Ontario strengthens provincial immunization program

Ontario is taking action to better protect Ontarians against diseases that can be prevented by vaccines. The province’s new strategy, Immunization 2020, will strengthen Ontario’s publicly funded immunization program over the next five years. As part of the strategy, Ontario will be proposing changes to the Immunization of School Pupils Act that, if passed, would include…


Dr Perry Kendall

Database to help prevent overdose deaths underused

Overdose deaths could be reduced in British Columbia if more doctors used a provincial database to track prescriptions for painkillers, a new report says. The B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS said in its report that opioids such as oxycodone are increasingly being overprescribed to patients who become addicted to the medication. But only 30…