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Spreading healthcare innovation
Spreading healthcare innovation

A new pan-Canadian initiative is spreading innovative approaches that have successfully improved patient care and value-for-money. The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement launched the Spreading Healthcare Innovations Initiative, providing funding, coaching and other support to teams from Canadian health care organizations ...

Posted: April 17, 2014|Innovation and Technology|0 comments

Bedside videoconferencing facilitates patient transfer
Bedside videoconferencing facilitates patient transfer

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital recently had a unique opportunity to facilitate the transfer of a client by demonstrating care through a remote communication model they call “bedside videoconferencing.” The virtual knowledge exchange took place with health care providers in ...


Blood test can predict Alzheimer’s disease
Blood test can predict Alzheimer’s disease

From left, Georgetown researchers Dr. Howard J. Federoff; Amrita K. Cheema, associate professor of oncology and co-director of GUMC's metabolomics shared resource; and Dr. Massimo S. Fiandaca, associate professor of neurology, are among the co-inventors of a blood test ...


The tipping point for health care technology
The tipping point for health care technology

The health care industry has been more cautious in adapting new technology trends than other sectors, and rightly so. Personal health information must be confidential and secure, and is closely governed by regulation – PIPEDA in Canada. Any changes to ...


Electronic mental health record transforms care
Electronic mental health record transforms care

When treating patients requiring mental healthcare, caregivers need compassion, understanding and quick, complete and accurate access to previous treatment and health records.“Time is of the essence,” says Thomas Jones, Manager of the Mental Health Program at Mackenzie Health. He knows ...


Tele-mentoring brings specialists close to home
Tele-mentoring brings specialists close to home

Sara Hampel (centre), seen here with Telemedicine Nurse, Karen McPhail (left) and Director of Supportive Care and Cancer Care, Dr. Scott Sellick (right). When a migraine brought Sara Hampel to Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) earlier this year, ...


One organization’s commitment to sustainability
One organization’s commitment to sustainability

Solar installation at Victoria General Hospital. This technology allows VGH to reduce its natural gas demand and decrease its GHG emissions. Island Health provides health care to more than 765,000 people on Vancouver Island, the islands of the Georgia Strait, communities north ...


Heart surgery in 140 characters
Heart surgery in 140 characters

Dr. Gideon Cohen speaks with Lou before he heads into the operating room. Photo credit. Doug Nicholson Social media met the operating room on February 20, 2014, as Sunnybrook live-tweeted a heart bypass surgery to mark Heart Month and educate ...


Your EMR is in place – now what?
Your EMR is in place – now what?

Dr. Chris Hobson The health care system is constantly changing and at present, health information technology solutions are at the heart of a major shift in Canada. The use of an electronic medical record (EMR) is no longer a new ...


Greening healthcare:  Sustainability top priority
Greening healthcare: Sustainability top priority

(l-r) Freudenberg Filtration Technologies’ Peter Graham and Kevin Leach present the 2013 NAFA Clean Air Award to Runnymede Healthcare Centre’s Archie Arshad and Connie Dejak. Health and the environment are closely connected: you cannot have healthy people without a healthy ...


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