McKesson Information Solutions announced the winners of
its second annual VIP Award, honouring healthcare organizations for
Vision, Innovation and Performance in the use of information
technology to address critical business issues. As the highest
scoring international entry, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance in
Chatham, Ontario, won an honourable mention for successfully
building an integrated information system across three hospital
sites. Chatham-Kent improved more than 200 financial and clinical
processes and saved $1.6 million (Canadian) through more efficient
use of resources.
At the New HP (Hewlett Packard) Anne Lawrence has been
appointed the lead in healthcare as part of a mandate that reports
to David MacKay and Vice President Lynn Anderson. Anne is very
active on key industry boards and committees carrying this array of
acronyms: OHA's ICT, CST, HIMSS and ITAC.
MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in the
Baltimore, M.D-Washington, D.C. region, has selected Picis as the
corporate vendor for total perioperative automation.
ALI's industry-leading PACS solution now is Horizon Medical
Imaging™ from McKesson Information Solutions.
According to KLAS Enterprises, Horizon Medical Imaging rates tops
in 17 of 18 categories, including:
- Lived up to expectations
- Money's worth
- On-time implementation
- Implementation within budget
Any CIOs interested in politics? The Registered Nurses
Association of Ontario (RNAO) is determined to change both the
composition and the comprehension of today's and tomorrow's members
of provincial parliament. That's why they contracted Politrain Inc.
to design an RN Candidate Training Program for RNs interested in
getting involved in provincial politics. Seventeen registered
nurses of all political persuasions signed on for the first two
days of training.
Coming in January 2003: The Society for Teaching and Learning
in Higher Education (STLHE) and 3M Canada have joined to reward
exceptional contributions to teaching and learning at Canadian
Universities. The community of 3M teaching fellows embodies the
highest ideals of teaching excellence and scholarship with a
commitment to enhance the educational experience of every learner.
Email enquires should be directed to Dr. Arshad Ahmad, Coordinator,
3M Teaching Fellows Program at: email@example.com.
- Up to 10 awards, presented annually at the STLHE conference in
June, recognize exemplary contributions to teaching and learning in
- The award includes lifetime membership in the
- 3M Fellowship winners will attend an expense-paid, three-day retreat at the Chateau Montebello, November 1-3, 2003, to celebrate other exceptional achievements in teaching and provide an opportunity for outstanding teachers to share experiences and ideas.
Kim Elliott of Agfa reminds us that The Michener Picture Archiving and Communication Systems Graduate Program is the first and only PACS program in Canada that offers hands-on and clinical experience. The program combines three online didactic courses with a four-week full-time clinical component at one of its three affiliated sites: The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto; Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga; and William Osler Health Centre, Brampton. For more information contact The Michener Institute. Try: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about image and information management with a Canadian perspective sign up for Agfa's e-letter. Go to: Agfa.ca.
The company recently announced the initial installation and
clinical deployment of a full Picture Archiving and Communication
System (PACS) at Trillium Health Centre - one of a long line of new
installations announced by Agfa this year.
The team of Adrienne Denham and Will Humphrey, law students from
the University of Ottawa, finished ahead of 11 other teams to win
this year's prestigious International Negotiation Competition for
Law Students at Kingston University Law School in England. Adding
to the Canadian success story, the University of Victoria team of
Lynn Jenkins and Paul Brackstone finished in a tie for third. The
winners credited the help and feedback received from their employer
- Fraser Milner Casgrain lawyers in Ottawa, Toronto and
Vancouver. Looks good on 'em.
From the Cerner web site: Established in 1995, the First
Hand Foundation focuses on paediatric healthcare. The First Hand
mission is "to directly impact the health status of a young life."
The foundation is a non-profit organization supported by the
generosity of Cerner Corporation, its associates, its business
partners and friends. More information at: firsthandfoundation.org.
On the Philips web site you can find Auscultation Case
Studies (including diagnoses). Each case study provides a
patient's history, the results of a clinical exam, actions that
result from the exam, heart sounds and the diagnosis. These cases
are ideal for classroom activity or valuable as self-paced learning
aids to expand knowledge of auscultation. Go to: medicalphilips.com
and click on the "Cardiac Challenge."
Here's information you just can't buy. Fortunately, CISCO provides it for free. Sign up at: cisco.com/public/corp_news.shtml
Packet™ Magazine for technical, hands-on users, Packet delivers in-depth information on the latest Cisco solutions and industry trends, as well as tips, troubleshooting techniques and case studies for enterprise and service providers and small and midsize customers.
iQ Magazine A bimonthly publication. Using the successful models of Cisco Systems and its customers, it offers executives a real-world perspective on how to build Internet business strategies throughout their organizations.
The Internet Protocol Journal offers networking professionals tutorial and implementation articles, as well as technology and standardization updates for all levels of the protocol stack. It also serves as a forum for discussing all aspects of internetworking.
THiiNC Information Management Inc (THiiNC iMi) is hiring:
Health Information Professionals (HRAs/HRTs); Services; Manager;
Manager, Sales and Marketing, Clinical Information Services;
Statistician/ Health Data Analyst. You will find a direct link to
their recruitment page at longwoods.com/jobsite/index.html.
In the feature story, "Making the Connection: How University
Health Network is Bringing the Information Age to Healthcare,"
author Matthew Anderson, vice president and chief information
officer of the Toronto-based UHN, reports on the progress of
care@uhn, an extensive and comprehensive five-year, enterprise-wide
plan designed to support care delivery with electronic tools. At
the heart of care@uhn is Per-Se's Patient1 Clinical Information
System. Anderson describes care@uhn's five key programs; how
clinicians have embraced the CPR system; the effects on patient
safety and regionalized medicine trends; measurable results from
clinical decision support; the innovative Virtual Library project;
and an "impressive" $1.5 million in financial savings realized for
fiscal year 2001-2002. Writes Anderson, "Care@uhn is a solid plan
for a 21st century, technology-minded organization like UHN. It is
revolutionizing the way UHN delivers care." Read the article on
line at: per-se.com/news/perse_news.htm
GHX - the first end-to-end supply chain solution for
healthcare - now lists these partners: Omnicell, provider of an
integrated suite of clinical infrastructure and workflow automation
solutions for healthcare; Neoforma, builder and operation of
Internet marketplaces that empower healthcare trading partners;
Ormed, which offers five Internet-enabled suites which are linked
to the Ormed Medical Exchange, providing seamless e-procurement
functionality. See: ghx.com.
Pharmacy.ca is the
first pharmacy in Canada to license the patented encapsulation
technology, Exact-Script® that allows its pharmacists to quickly
and accurately make virtually any strength of any
Microsoft has endorsed HP as a "worldwide prime
integrator" for Microsoft.NET technologies. The .NET solutions will
incorporate Microsoft's .NET connected software and HP's broad
array of industry-leading technology platforms. HP has named .NET
as its No. 1 application platform for industry standard HP ProLiant
Microsoft has announced a joint venture with Accenture. The new
company Avanade - will offer integration for Microsoft
solutions in the enterprise. No decision yet whether this includes
healthcare. New GM for Canada is Richard von
Dr. Michael Guerriere and Dave Wattling, together with John
Ronson and Rhonda Linton have created a new consultancy,
Courtyard Group Ltd. They acquired an existing healthcare
professional services firm and launched operations with 20 staff
and a solid book of business. Staff offer a special mix of
expertise in: healthcare and business; operations and IT; public
and private sector.
The Board of Directors of Medical Information Technology,
Inc. (MEDITECH) has voted that Lawrence Polimeno, the President
and Chief Operating Officer, be promoted to the newly created
office of Vice Chairman, and that Executive Vice President Howard
Messing be promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer.
MEDITECH has been a leader in healthcare information systems
technology since 1969 and offers a series of software solutions for
acute and long-term care facilities, home healthcare providers and
Over the summer, the Alberta Research Council Inc. (ARC)
announced the appointment of Dr. Peter Sargious as Medical
Advisor to ARC at the divisional level. He will assist with the
strategic marketing of ARC's Life Sciences division and provide
medical leadership in the Advanced Materials, Sensors and
Intelligent Systems division which includes the Telehealth
Interoperability Lab. In addition to this appointment, Dr. Sargious
is also Assistant Professor with the University of Calgary Faculty
of Medicine, Staff Physician at Peter Lougheed Centre, Medical
Leader for Chronic Disease Management of the Calgary Health Region
and a Member of the Health Information Standards Committee for
Alberta Health and Wellness.
Myrna Francis is now Senior Vice President Strategic
Alliances at Canada Health Infoway in its Toronto office.
The former chief information officer with the government of
Ontario, Scott Campbell becomes the interim Chief
Information Officer for the government of British Columbia on
October 7. He will develop a strategic plan for information
management and e-government and will also be responsible for
identifying applications and defining requirements that must be met
to put the applications in place for the province. Mr. Campbell is
well known in the Canadian public-sector information technology
Also in British Columbia, Gerri Sinclair has stepped down as president of the Premier's Technology Council, but will remain a member of the council and also continue to serve on the B.C. Progress Board. Ms. Sinclair leaves to join Microsoft Canada as General Manager of MSN.CA where she will be responsible for strategic planning, business development and marketing of MSN.CA, Canada's leading Web portal providing online services such news, information, entertainment and a variety of communication tools, one of which is Hotmail.
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