Media & News

Welcome to the Media & News Centre! A source for news, reports and insights on current e-health information.

Infoway Selects TELUS Health for PrescribeIT™

Date: May 11, 2017, Newswire

“TELUS Health proposed an innovative approach that together with their advanced capabilities and capacity to deliver on our vision make them an ideal choice for PrescribeIT™,” commented Michael Green, President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway. For more information, click here.

Will Your Doctor Be Replaced by a Robot?

Date: May 10, 2017, Radio Canada International

Dr. Brian Hodges has a stern warning for future healthcare providers: learn to be caring and compassionate or be replaced by robots in white coats. For more information, click here.

Bridging the Gap for Rural Healthcare

Date: April 27, 2017, Technology for Doctors

As chronic disease grows and Australians continue to age, access to quality healthcare and the services provided by GPs – including specialists – becomes increasingly critical. For more information, click here.

Telemedicine: Value, Real-Life Applications and Keeping It Simple, Stupid

Date: April 26, 2017, Technology for Doctors

It was one of the last sessions on the last day of this year’s ATA conference. But that didn’t stop three panelists — Dr. Cydne Marckmann, Dr. Geeta Nayyar and Dr. Ranya Habash — from talking about their passion for telemedicine. For more information, click here.

Healthcare Needs to Address Information Governance

Date: April 26, 2017, Technology for Doctors

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. For more information, click here.

Healthcare Analytics Point Providers to Patients that Need the Most Care

Date: April 17, 2017, HealthTech

Big Data analytics could help drive more pointed treatments, improve transparency and increase patient engagement — at least these are the hopes for the technology. For more information, click here.

The CIO Imperative: Customer Experience, Agility and Scale

Date: April 13, 2017, The Huffington Post

In the digital age, what are the characteristics of a great CIO? According to Hinchcliffe, today’s successful CIOs have moved away from being ‘Dr. No’ and controlling to being more inclusive and collaborative. For more information, click here.

Shift-Change Handoff Program Recognized for Improving Patient Safety through Standardization of Provider-To-Provider Communication

Date: April 6, 2017, SickKids

I-PASS is a mnemonic (Illness severity, patient summary, action list, situational awareness and synthesis by receiver) which is one part of a bundled intervention to promote reliable handover of a patient’s care from one health-care provider to another. For more information, click here.

Citizen Identity Project Will Be Live by October 2017

Date: April 4, 2017,

The papers say the project is “providing a single, secure identity for each member of the public, across all health and care services”. For more information, click here.

To Break down Telehealth Silos, Connect Senior Execs with the Doctors on the Ground

Date: April 4, 2017, Healthcare IT News

When South Carolina health system Palmetto Health set out to create a telemedicine program at the six-hospital organization, they found that getting all the stakeholders on the same page to launch such a thing was no easy task. For more information, click here.

Telemedicine Apps and Services Make It Easier for Independent Docs to Offer Virtual Visits

Date: April 4, 2017, Fierce Healthcare

Independent practices may lack the infrastructure to launch wide-ranging telemedicine programs, but new apps could open the door for more physicians to offer virtual visits. For more information, click here.

Why Are Transitions So Difficult?

Date: April 3, 2017, Healthy Quality Ontario

For patients, caregivers and providers alike, a transition in care is often a frustrating experience. When looking at why,many problems are uncovered. For more information, click here.

Mobile Computing – Professional Practice Brief Online Module

Date: March 23, 2017, Healthscape

​The latest evolution in mobile technology and the use of wireless networks in support of mobile health (mHealth) has the potential to transform the way healthcare is delivered around the globe. For more information, click here.

How Digital Health Could Help End the Opioid Addiction Crisis

Date: March 20, 2017, Fortune

There’s a health tech tool that has the potential to staunch the scourge of opioid addiction and overdoses in America. The trouble is, doctors aren’t using it. For more information, click here.

Is failing to Use an EMR Unprofessional Conduct?

Date: March 20, 2017, Prich5757

Some hospitals in Toronto are starting to use virtual reality in patient care (to help ease pre-operative anxiety). For more information, click here.

Patient Experience in 2017

Date: March 19, 2017, HCLDR

In preparation for this week’s blog I thought it would be fun to compare our modern-day patient experiences with that of the Victorian era. For more information, click here.

Use of Facebook as Part of a Social Media Strategy for Patient Engagement

Date: 2017, Canadian Family Physician

Using social media is part of many people’s daily routines. However, social media can also be a part of a patient engagement strategy by supporting information dissemination, raising awareness, and encouraging the public to ask their primary care providers about innovations in care delivery such as electronic consultation. For more information, click here.

Why Telehealth Study May Underestimate the Technology’s Benefits

Date: March 15, 2017, Health Data Management

A new study published recently in Health Affairs cuts against the conventional wisdom on one of the biggest trends in healthcare: the increased use of direct-to-consumer telehealth services. For more information, click here.

Pharmacists Petition to Take ‘Gateway Drug’ Codeine off the Shelf in midst of Fentanyl Crisis

Date: March 15, 2017, Metro News

A group of B.C. and Alberta pharmacists are petitioning the federal government to put codeine products out of the reach of addicts as part of their campaign to address the growing fentanyl crisis. For more information, click here.

A ‘Perfect Storm’ for Telemental Health

Date: March 10, 2017, Open Minds

Right now, we’re seeing a perfect storm for growth in telemental health, and it’s due to a combination of three factors: a workforce shortage of psychiatrists, consistently good outcomes for consumers, and increasing acceptance by payer organizations. For more information, click here.

A Fresh Look at Palliative Care: Reward for Innovation

Date: March 9, 2017, Healthscape

There aren’t many among us who would view palliative care as a hot-bed of innovation and new thinking. However, that might be about to change, given that the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) has launched an open call for innovations in palliative and end-of life care. For more information, click here.

Connected Medicine Aims to Improve Access to Specialists

Date: March 8, 2017, Canadian Healthcare Technology

The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement has announced the next phase in a multi-year effort to improve patient access to timely specialist care. For more information, click here.

RNAO Calls for ‘Chief Nursing Information Officer’ Role

Date: March 8, 2017, Canadian Healthcare Technology

The creation of specialized chief nursing information officers (CNIO) is a critical element to advance clinical adoption in hospitals and healthcare organizations, according to new recommendations from the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) and Canada Health Infoway. For more information, click here.

Positive Patient Experience Yields Health Care Benefits

Date: March 7, 2017, Canadian Insider

When Canadians have access to their health information, they are better equipped to be an integral part of their health care team. For more information, click here.

Report Says Mental Health Funding Would Yield Economic Benefits

Date: March 7, 2017, Macleans

More money for child and youth services would boost Canada’s economy and patient health, a new report from the Mental Health Commission of Canada suggests, buttressing Ottawa’s push for targeted mental health investments. For more information, click here.

Top Five Digital Transformation Trends in Health Care

Date: March 7, 2017, Forbes

Technology is changing every industry in significant ways. To help frame how, I’m starting a new series discussing top trends in various markets. First up: health care. For more information, click here.

4 Smart Apartment Gadgets Providing Seniors Support at Home

Date: March 1, 2017, HealthTech

Seniors will now be able to monitor blood pressure, weight, glucose, temperature and pulse wirelessly, thanks to a new partnership between Garmin and Tactio Health Group. For more information, click here.

American Well Partners with Samsung Electronics for Mobile Telehealth

Date: February 21, 2017, Healthcare IT News

American Well has announced a new partnership with Samsung Electronics for the two companies to develop new telehealth services for providers, health systems, payers and employers. For more information, click here.

New Health App Saves Time and Improves Doctor-Patient Relationships

Date: February 17, 2017, KelownaNow

A new project spearheaded by interior Health known as MyHealth Portal gives patients the opportunity to save time and become more informed by viewing important health information right from their computer or smartphone. For more information, click here.

Dr. Peter W. Vaughan to Chair Canada Health Infoway’s Board of Directors

Date: February 17, 2017,

Dr. Peter W. Vaughan has been appointed Chair of Canada Health Infoway’s Board of Directors effective March 1, 2017. For more information, click here.

Digital Health Reduces Wait Times by Pulling Canadians out of the Queue

Date: February 16, 2017,

Digital health solutions improve access and reduce wait times for Canadians by avoiding certain in-person visits. For more information, click here.

Ogilvie and Eggleton: Why Canada Needs a National Dementia Strategy

Date: February 16, 2017,

The rise of dementia in Canada is a grave concern. The number of people with some form of the disorder is expected to double over the next 15 years – to 1.4 million in 2031 from 750,000 today. For more information, click here.

Maple’s Virtual Doctor Office Is Taking Care of Business (and Patients) Online

Date: February 14, 2017,

A Toronto startup touting itself as Uber for healthcare says its new 24/7 virtual doctor’s office is the first of its kind in Canada. For more information, click here.

Remote Monitoring of Patients Cuts Healthcare Costs

Date: February 8, 2017, Technology For Doctors

Since September 2014, Wellington County has been the subject of an experiment to help reduce the number of 911 calls and emergency room visits by remotely monitoring patients with complex medical conditions in their homes. For more information, click here.

Canadian Health Policy Institute: New Study Suggests That HTA Decisions Delay Access to Mental Health Treatments in Canada

Date: February 7, 2017, Canadian Insider

Recently several high-profile campaigns (including Bell Canada’s “Let’s Talk” initiative) have helped to raise public awareness about the important issue of mental health in Canada. For more information, click here.

Taking Your Health Care to the Next Level with Telemedicine

Date: February 7, 2017, HuffPost Living Canada

Telemedicine is not yet widely used in Canada, but it is gaining momentum. In Saskatchewan, we are still working with an advice-based model via a service called HealthLine. For more information, click here.

DR AJ: E-Health Innovations Too Good to Ignore

Date: February 4, 2017, The Chronicle Herald

Domino Nine: Lessons learned with E-health innovation in primary care Part II; Observations of a natural experiment. For more information, click here.

Improving Population Health and Reducing Healthcare Expenditures in Canada

Date: February 2017,

The challenges to healthcare in Canada are well known: non-sustainable increases in expenditures which are eroding our capacity to address other pressing societal needs and a growing burden of chronic disease creating ever more expenses. For more information, click here.

SFU Creates Institute for Tech Research on Healthy Aging

Date: January 30, 2017, SFU News

A new research institute established at Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus will channel innovation and oversee research and skill development for B.C.’s healthy aging tech industry. For more information, click here.

Hospital Hopes iPads with Messages from Family Will Help Dementia Patients

Date: January 25, 2017, CBC News

VGH is testing out the use of iPads and pre-recorded videos of family members as a way to comfort those patients and gently remind them of where they are and why. For more information, click here.

E-Prescribing Could Help Cut down on Pharmacist Errors: Association

Date: January 24, 2017, CBC News

The head of the Canadian Pharmacist Association says pharmacists need better support but also need to be more accountable. For more information, click here.

New Online Tool Will Support People Waiting for Mental Health Services

Date: January 24, 2017, The Record

An online portal is being developed to support people coping with mental health and addiction issues while they wait for services. For more information, click here.

Fully Digital Humber River Hospital Upgrades to MEDITECH’s Web EHR

Date: January 24, 2017, Newswire

Humber River Hospital (HRH) made headlines for being North America’s first fully digital hospital and first to implement MEDITECH’s Oncology Management solution. For more information, click here.

Simon Kennedy, Deputy Minister, Health Canada: Exclusive Interview

Date: January 16, 2017, Global Government Forum

“In 2017, health issues are going to be on the G20 agenda in a significant way for the first time.” For more information, click here.

Saskatchewan Injects Change to Health with Move to One Provincial Authority

Date: January 4, 2017, The Brandon Sun

The Saskatchewan government says it will consolidate the province’s 12 health regions into one provincial health authority to be created this fall. For more information, click here.

CéGep Marie-Victorin Has Montreal’s First Wearable Tech Research Centre

Date: January 3, 2017, Maclean’s

On a Wednesday afternoon in October, a group of 11 educators and industry leaders from Canada and Europe packed themselves onto a stage at a Montreal university to discuss what they believe could propel the wearable tech industry: education. For more information, click here.

CéGep Marie-Victorin Has Montreal’s First Wearable Tech Research Centre

Date: January 3, 2017, Macleans

On a Wednesday afternoon in October, a group of 11 educators and industry leaders from Canada and Europe packed themselves onto a stage at a Montreal university to discuss what they believe could propel the wearable tech industry: education. For more information, click here.

Huron Perth Hospitals Move Ahead with Electronic Health Record

Date: December 14, 2016,

The Huron Perth Health Care Alliance and Alexandra Marine and General Hospital have appointed two Regional Technology Leads to support rapid advancement in physician technology. For more information, click here.

Cornwall Community Hospital Investing in Patient Care

Date: December 5, 2016, Cornwall Seeker

Cornwall Community Hospital today announces the launch of its sophisticated electronic health record (EHR), a system which assists healthcare providers to increase patient care and patient safety. For more information, click here.

Digital Health Global 100

Date: December 2, 2016, Investors Report

Discover the Global Top 100 Companies in Digital Health. For more information, click here.

Digital Health Records Are Great but Patients Need to See Them, Ontario Report Says

Date: December 1, 2016, The Ottawa Sun

Ontarians should be able to book medical appointments and check their own test results online, and health workers should share digital information about their patients better if we’re going to make the most of multibillion-dollar investments in electronic records, says a new report from the provincial government’s business guru. For more information, click here.

E-Health, Hospital Operations, Physician Billings, Psychiatric Hospitals and Supportive Housing

Date: November 30, 2016,

Over the past decade, Ontario has worked to modernize the way health records are stored, shared and accessed. Our goal is to build a system where a patient’s records follow them as they move through the health system. For more information, click here.

CHEO Launches Website, App for Patients to Access Health Records

Date: November 28, 2016, CBC News

Families of patients at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario can now access their electronic health records on computers and mobile phones, the hospital announced Monday. For more information, click here.

Siemens Healthineers Debuts Innovative, Robot-Supported ARTIS Pheno Angiography System

Date: November 27, 2016, Business Wire

At the 102nd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Nov. 27 to Dec. 2 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, the separately managed healthcare business of Siemens AG is presenting itself for the first time under its new brand name, Siemens Healthineers. For more information, click here.

Want to Help Your Employees Avoid the Flu? There’s an App for That

Date: November 18, 2016, IT Business

To help Canadians avoid that last element, Toronto-based digital health startup has launched #bookaflushot, a campaign that invites users to book a free appointments at their local pharmacy through its app or website. For more information, click here.

IHealth Will Remain at Nanaimo Hospital, Changes Needed: Review

Date: November 17, 2016, Nanaimo News

A third party report recommends keeping a controversial digital record-keeping system in place at Island Health. For more information, click here.

$1 Million Commitment to Improve Wellness around the Globe through Diabetes Prevention and Management

Date: November 14, 2016, CNW

As the next step in advancing the Sun Life Financial commitment to holistic health, the goal of the SLFDC is to help improve wellness around the globe through diabetes prevention and management. For more information, click here.

All Pharmacies Now Connected to Drug Information System

Date: November 1, 2016, Public

All 305 community pharmacies in the province are now connected to the Drug Information System, allowing pharmacists, doctors and other authorized health-care providers to access information about a patient’s medication history. For more information, click here.

Expansions Planned for Digital Health Care Data System

Date: October 25, 2016, Herald News

Digital health care in Nova Scotia is set to undergo an expansion that will make it easier for doctors and patients alike to access vital medical data. For more information, click here.

Introducing the Future of Oral Health, a New Custom Collaboration between Scientific American Custom Media and Colgate-Palmolive Company

Date: October 19, 2016, Canada Newswire

The impact of oral disease on whole-body health and the changes to the practice of dentistry worldwide are the subjects of The Future of Oral Heath, a new publication produced by Scientific American Custom Media, in collaboration with Colgate-Palmolive Company. For more information, click here.

In Conversation with Michael Green, President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway

Date: October 19, 2016,

Since 2001, the organization has functioned as a strategic investor, policy advisor and principle architect as Canada and its provinces and territories struggle with the implementation hurdles of digitizing Canada’s healthcare system. For more information, click here.

Big Data Poised to Lower Health Care Costs

Date: October 19, 2016, Market Wired

Soaring health care costs place enormous pressure on governments, business and individuals, and reforms efforts like Obamacare in the U.S. have had limited success in slowing growth, as have previous IT-driven administrative interventions like electronic medical records. For more information, click here.

EHRs Improving Quality, Outcomes for Patients

Date: October 19, 2016, CBC News

Growth in the use of interoperable Electronic Health Records (iEHR) by Canadian doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals is fueling benefits for patients and providers, including improved quality of patient care, according to two articles published this year in the peer-reviewed journal BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. For more information, click here.

eHealth Ontario Is Not for Sale: Wynne’s Privatization Guru

Date: October 18, 2016, CBC News

The man who advised Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government to sell a majority stake in Hydro One is now examining eHealth Ontario — but he insists that doesn’t mean another “For Sale” sign is about to appear. For more information, click here.

Physicians Still Know Best in Age of Online Health Resources

Date: October 17, 2016, Huffington Post

Physicians are increasingly competing with other, often more accessible, sources of health information. For more information, click here.

Employee Wellness Company Newtopia Gets $10M to Expand Genetic Testing and Coaching Platform

Date: October 17, 2016, MobiHealthNews

The funding will be used to hire more staff and expand Newtopia’s reach domestically by partnering with employers to offer disease prevention programs in the workplace. For more information, click here.

Report Shows Most Canadian Healthcare Providers Use Electronic Medical Records

Date: October 13, 2016, The Toronto Star

According to a recently-released report, Canadian clinicians vastly prefer interoperable electronic health records (iEHR). For more information, click here.

Telehomecare – Dealing with Health Issues at Home Itself

Date: October 11, 2016, Canindia

A frail 70-year-old patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) carefully gets out of bed every morning and checks his vital signs, answers questions on a computer tablet about how he’s feeling and sends off the results electronically to a registered nurse (RN). For more information, click here.

Liberals Scramble to Get eHealth Appraised before AG Weighs In

Date: October 11, 2016, The Toronto Star

The Liberal government is scrambling to get a valuation of eHealth Ontario before the auditor general releases what is expected to be a damning report on the controversial electronic health agency, the Star has learned. For more information, click here.

Protection of Personal Health Information Is Paramount in This Review

Date: October 9, 2016, The Canadian Press

Ontario is asking the banker who recommended privatizing Hydro One to turn his attention to the province’s digital health system. For more information, click here.

Ontario Liberals Want Privatization Guru to Assess Cash Value of eHealth

Date: October 7, 2016, The Toronto Star

The cash-strapped provincial government wants to cash in on the patient data collected by eHealth Ontario without compromising privacy or privatizing record-keeping. For more information, click here.

Program Using Remote Presence in North to Be Expanded

Date: October 5, 2016, Canadian Healthcare Technology

The government of Saskatchewan is pumping $500,000 into expanding the use of robots that have allowed Saskatoon doctors to examine children in Pelican Narrows. For more information, click here.

Redefining Health Care: A Dialogue on Health Policy

Date: September 30, 2016, Ontario Hospital Association

Ontario’s health care system is undergoing major transformation. Amidst this change, the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) is focused on ensuring that we are using the best available evidence and experience in making decisions. For more information, click here.

MedviewMD Creates Network of Medical Studios for E-Visits

Date: September 29, 2016, Canadian Healthcare Technology

MedviewMD, a telehealth company based in Chatham, Ont., is working with provincial governments across Canada to build networks of doctors who can quickly examine patients through the use of e-visits. Patients are able to connect with physicians at MedviewMD studios, which are equipped with videoconferencing and medical equipment. For more information, click here.

Remote Presence Technology: The Saskatchewan Experience

Date: September 29, 2016, Canadian Healthcare Technology

As part of the Remote Presence Medicine Program at the University of Saskatchewan, we have been using a number of remote presence mobile devices to provide medical expertise to underserviced communities in Saskatchewan. For more information, click here.

Improving Patient Outcomes Through Digital Innovation at the Heart of EHI LIVE 2016

Date: September 27, 2016, Digital Journal

Senior Fellow at NHS England will urge health professionals to increase health technology uptake across care settings and in prevention strategies. For more information, click here.

Healthcare Quarterly

Date: September 23, 2016,

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Queens’ Professor Launches E-Learning Platform to Re-Engage Medical Students

Date: September 20, 2016, Mobile Syrup

Sharma notes that today’s students grew up in a different world than there predecessors — one where online resources are easily accessible and information is consumed in much more frequent, smaller doses. For more information, click here.

Toronto Doctor Hired by Apple to Work on Health Care Messaging

Date: September 19, 2016, CBC

A Toronto medical doctor has been hired by Apple Inc. to help chart the future of family medicine after his YouTube videos caught the eye of the technology giant. For more information, click here.

Akira Wants to Reduce the Strain on Canada’s Healthcare System

Date: May 19, 2016,

In a study published online by JAMA Cardiology, Sonia S. Anand, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.P.C., of McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and colleagues examined whether a digital health intervention using email and text messages designed to change diet and physical activity would improve heart attack risk among a South Asian population. For more information, click here.

Digital Health Intervention Does Not Lower Heart Attack Risk

Date: May 18, 2016, Medical Press

In a study published online by JAMA Cardiology, Sonia S. Anand, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.P.C., of McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and colleagues examined whether a digital health intervention using email and text messages designed to change diet and physical activity would improve heart attack risk among a South Asian population. For more information, click here.

With Digital Health on ‘Cusp of Breakthrough,’ RESI Taps Canada for First Time

Date: May 17, 2016, Tech Vibes

RESI on MaRS will take place on June 23 in Toronto, where Dianne Carmichael, Managing Director, Health Innovation & Venture Services, MaRS Discovery District, says early stage investment in life sciences and digital health is “on the cusp of a major breakthrough.” For more information, click here.

e-Health 2016 is Reimagining Healthcare Delivery in Canada

Date: May 2016, e-Health 2016

As the only national conference that connects the entire digital health ecosystem, e-Health 2016 will zero in on innovative technology, patient engagement, models of care (virtual, mobile, etc.), policy, processes, and more to support quality, sustainable care delivery in the face of the foundational change taking place in the health system. e-Health 2016 takes place from June 5 – 8 in Vancouver. For more information, click here.

e-Health 2016: Featuring Frank Discussions About Change

Date: May 2016, Hospital News

e_Health is the only conference that brings together the digital health community spanning, hospital CIOs, nurses and physicians to policy analysts, information management and technology professionals and the private sector. For more information, click here.

Ambulatory EMR Use Delivers Health System and Patient Benefits

Date: April 27, 2016, Canada Health Infoway

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 released today. For more information, click here.

COACH & OTN Team Up on Virtual Care Best Practices Paper

Date: April 18, 2016,

COACH and the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) are joining forces with the digital health community to develop a white paper on best practices in virtual care. For more information, click here.

Government of Canada Supports Advancements in Health Innovation

Date: April 16, 2016, Marketwired

Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, announced an investment of $600,000 to support the Interface Health Society in establishing a virtual global digital health accelerator. For more information, click here.

Patients Use Their Smartphones To Transmit Pacemaker Data

Date: April 7, 2016, Hospital News

Canadians are among the most digitally connected in the world. Combined with our geographic spread, this digital presence makes Canadians ideal users of remote patient monitoring, which is already being used by thousands of Canadians. For more information, click here.

Nanaimo Hospital Replaces Paper Charts with Electronic Health Records

Date: April 5, 2016, CBC

New electronic health records have replaced paper charts at the hospital in Nanaimo, but the transition has not been easy on patients and staff. For more information, click here.

Software Marketer Embraces Hacking for the Good

Date: March 29, 2016, The Globe and Mail

By the time Irene Pylypenko graduated from her high school, St. Paul’s in Ottawa, she had amassed more than 300 hours of volunteer work – roughly eight times the provincial requirement. For more information, click here.

Change Day Comes to Canadian Health Care – but Will It Make a Difference? 

Date: March 24, 2016,

Theresa Patenaude was nervous. She was walking into an important meeting with her colleagues – including some she hadn’t met yet. And she was wearing a hospital gown.  For more information, click here

CMA Encouraged by Federal Commitment to Work with Provinces and Territories on New Health Accord

Date: March 22, 2016, Canada Newswire

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) welcomes the federal government’s reaffirmed commitment announced in today’s budget to move forward with a new multi-year Health Accord that would take into account Canada’s aging population. For more information, click here.

CPhA Welcomes Investments to Improve Health of Canadians in Budget 2016

Date: March 22, 2016, Canada Newswire

The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) welcomes health care investments announced in the 2016 federal budget, particularly as they relate to e-prescribing and improving immunization coverage rates, and we look forward to working with the government on the implementation of these important initiatives. For more information, click here.

Monique Keiran: Digital Health Records Raise Questions 

Date: March 20, 2016, Times Columnist

Several years ago, the receptionist at a local LifeLabs clinic stunned me when she suggested I check the results of my blood tests online. For more information, click here

QoC Health Raises $700,000 in Seed Round Funding Led by Epic Capital Management and Bayshore HealthCare

Date: March 17, 2016, Canada Newswire

QoC Health, a digital health company and Certified B Corp(TM), announced today the closing of $700,000 of seed round financing. The company plans to use the financing to continue expansion and invest into its award-winning patient engagement platform. The seed financing was led by Epic Capital Management and Bayshore HealthCare, with additional participation from angel investors. For more information, click here.

Conference Helps Physicians Take Charge

Date: March 16, 2016, Canada Newswire

Evidence is mounting that physicians make the best leaders of our health care system.1-3 However, physicians who take on leadership roles face some important challenges. Although they are highly trained in their medical specialty, they may lack the skills that make a good leader. For more information, click here.

Symbility Awarded Patent That Decreases the Risk of Fraudulent Digital Health Claim Submissions

Date: March 10, 2016, Symbility Solutions

Symbility Solutions Inc. (TSX VENTURE: SY), a global software company dedicated to developing applications for the insurance industry, is pleased to announce that it has been granted a patent for an automatic fraud detection invention found in the Symbility Health Mobile Claims application. For more information, click here.

Health Care Organizations Recognized for their Clinical Leadership

Date: March 9, 2016, Cision

2016 National LEADing Practice award recipients recognized for improving the patient and clinician experience through their use of digital health.  For more information, click here.

How To Empower Patients With Medical Data

Date: March 6, 2016, CBC News Online

Every visit to the doctor, every laboratory result, even the prescription for that one medication you get recommended but never take – all of these pieces make up the picture of you as a patient. For more information, click here.

Government of Canada Supports New eHealth Research Projects To Empower Patients and Enable Better Health Care

Date: March 4, 2016, Government of Canada Newsroom

Jane Philpott, the Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains, and the Minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan, today announced $13.8 million in funding for 22 innovative eHealth projects. For more information, click here.

National Efforts Take Aim at Reaching Semantic Interoperability

Date: March 4, 2016, Health Data Management 

As the healthcare industry grapples with the daunting challenges of achieving interoperability, stakeholders are focused on solving the fundamental problem of ensuring that all parties “speak the same language,” through the use of common data models and vocabularies. For more information, click here.

Sharecare and BlackBerry Launch New BBM Channel

Date: February 24, 2016, Marketwired 

BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), a global leader in secure mobile communications, today announced an expansion of its partnership with Sharecare, a leading digital health and wellness engagement platform, to provide consumers with better and more secure insights into their health. For more information, click here.

New Avaya Technology Addresses Healthcare Industry’s 34% Record Number of Security Breaches

Date: February 23, 2016, Marketwired 

Healthcare technology leaders visiting HIMSS 16 next week will have a first-hand look at a unique network solution that enables IT to simply connect, protect and manage the growing number of medical devices deployed throughout healthcare facilities. Developed by Avaya, a global leader in business communications, with significant input from a leading healthcare organization, SDN Fx Healthcare is the first industry solution to address the management and security of the Internet of Things for healthcare that can help mitigate exposure in light of a rising number of security breaches. For more information, click here.

Better ROI Is Coming to a Hospital Near You as Remote Monitoring, Big Data and Other Digital Technologies Gain Traction

Date: February 19, 2016, IT World Canada

Technology has long been touted as the remedy that will lead to more efficient and effective healthcare delivery. A recent white paper released by research firm Tractica uncovered the top trends in the ongoing evolution of digital health sector — and found that return on investment (ROI) is a top priority and digital health use cases are expanding. For more information, click here.

View Personal Health Information Online

Date: February 17, 2016, Yorkton This Week

eHealth Saskatchewan (eHealth) is piloting a new program that allows a group of residents residents from across the province to view their personal health information online through a secure website. For more information, click here.

LifeWatch(TM) Receives FDA Clearance for Its Continuous Vital Signs Monitoring Service

Date: February 9, 2016, Canada Newswire

LifeWatch AG (SIX Swiss Exchange: LIFE), a leading developer and provider of medical solutions and remote diagnostic monitoring services in the digital health market, is pleased to announce that it has received FDA clearance for its continuous Vital Signs Monitoring Service. For more information, click here.

Whitepaper Shows Digital Health Successful in Treating Chronic Disease Non-Adherence

Date: February 4, 2016, Canada Newswire

A 2014 pilot program for patients with chronic diseases by Green Shield Canada (GSC) and MEMOTEXT Corp. has revealed some new facts about non-adherence to medication. Compiled into “The Importance of Sticking to it” whitepaper, data from the Stick2It program shows that a personalized digital health intervention can improve adherence for hypertension and high cholesterol patients, providing value to the participant, the health benefits provider, and the plan sponsor. For more information, click here.

League Launches Health and Wellness Benefits Platform.

Date: February 4, 2016, Benefits Canada

Digital health platform League has launched a full benefits platform called League Benefits.The platform has been designed to help organizations deliver personal spending accounts, health spending accounts and corporate wellness programs to their employees.
“Today’s workforce believes that health is a daily pursuit,” said Michael Serbinis, CEO and founder of League. “Unfortunately, only a fraction of people actually use their health benefits because they are largely irrelevant to today’s employees. Despite this, costs continue to increase for employers.  For more information, click here.

More Canadian Doctors Making the Switch to Electronic Medical Records
Date: January 28, 2016,

There was a time, says Sandra Wallace, when taking her daughter Camryn for multiple appointments at Ottawa’s children’s hospital meant having to wait for her paper-based medical chart to follow her from one specialist clinic to another. For more information, click here.

A Look at New Healthcare Technology at CES 2016 
Date: January 27, 2016,

The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas saw the debut of new applications for “virtual checkups” and ways to manage stress and monitor conditions such as diabetes. Tech-savvy startups and others are introducing new ways to treat pain, in some cases taking techniques which have been around for decades and adapting them for smartphones and connected wearables. For more information, click here.

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