ElectronicHealthcare 4(3) January 2006 : 112-114

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Queensway Carleton Hospital Purchases PACS, CR, DR Systems from Kodak's Health Group  
Queensway Carleton Hospital has installed a picture archiving and communications system (PACS), computed radiography (CR) and digital radiography (DR) systems from Eastman Kodak Company's Health Group.   These new systems will create a digital workflow with digital image capture of general radiology exams as well as electronic viewing, storage and distribution of patient medical exams from all diagnostic imaging modalities within the hospital. The KODAK CARESTREAM PACS is integrated with the hospital's MEDITECH hospital information system (HIS), radiology information system (RIS) and patient care inquiry system (PCI). This integration at the desktop enables seamless access to patient information, radiology reports and images from the same workstation. Kodak is also integrating POWER SCRIBE speech recognition software onto the radiologists' desktop.

Xenos Releases infoWEB5.2
Xenos today announced the release of infoWEB5.2 to provide enterprises with a comprehensive data management solution for processing business critical documents and information. In addition to reducing the amount of paper used to track information the Xenos infoWEB solution is proven to reduce operational overhead and streamline workflow.

Kingston General Implements Wireless Solutions
Kingston General Hospital (KGH) and Bell Canada announced the launch of a fully integrated wireless communications solution within the teaching hospital, including wireless access to medical records and a safety alerting system. With wireless access, KGH is now equipped to enhance patient safety and staff productivity while also building upon the care experience for patients and their visitors.

Customers Rate Baxter Canada as Overall Top Performing Company
For the second consecutive reporting period, Baxter Canada has been rated the overall top performing company by the customers, according to the 2005 national Hospital Performance Monitor study conducted by The Advantage Group.   In the study, Baxter was recognized for providing our customers with creative, innovative business solutions, for helping hospitals develop and implement improved healthcare practices, and responding to the unique strategies, goals and needs of our hospital customers.  

Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre selects Sentillion  
Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre   has selected Sentillion's Vergence┬« product suite to deploy in their high-volume emergency room department with the option to expand to an enterprise-wide single sign-on solution that will enable clinicians quicker access to their electronic medical records without compromising security.

Nightingale Signs On New Physician Groups in Ontario
Nightingale Informatix Corp. further extended its reach into the Ontario market by signing two Ontario Family Health Networks (FHNs) and one Health Services Organization (HSO).

TELUS Signs Outsourcing Deal with Hamilton Health Sciences
TELUS has signed a 15-year outsourcing agreement with Hamilton Health Sciences Corp. to manage and deliver the IT components of its human resource services.

Valued at $137 million, the agreement will see TELUS implement a technology upgrade to Hamilton Health Sciences' HR management system, as well as assume the day-to-day management and delivery of its HR services, including payroll, recruitment, compensation, occupational health and safety and benefits.

As part of the deal, 73 Hamilton Health Sciences employees will join TELUS.

Niagara Health Hospitals to Install Agfa's Latest PACS
Agfa HealthCare announced that the Niagara Health System in southern Ontario has become the first customer in Canada to implement Agfa's new web-deployable IMPAX 6.0 integrated PACS (Picture Archive and Communications System) and Voice Recognition solution.

Niagara Health System will use Agfa's new IMPAX 6.0 for the acquisition, storage, and distribution of more than 300,000 exams and reports generated annually.  

Nova Scotia to Acquire Six MRIs from GE Healthcare
Nova Scotia's Department of Health announced that it will purchase six MRI machines from General Electric Canada's Healthcare business, GE Healthcare.

New units will be installed in Kentville, New Glasgow, Yarmouth, and Antigonish once renovations, human resource plans, and community funding are in place. The remaining two units will replace existing MRIs at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax.

Canadian Health Informatics Awards Gala

The first annual Canadian Health Informatics Awards Gala, held in Toronto on November 24, 2005, celebrated excellence and achievement in the Canadian healthcare informatics community and honoured outstanding individuals, teams and companies. The Gala, co-hosted by Canada's Health Informatics Association (COACH) and the Canadian Healthcare Information Technology Trade Association (CHITTA) was attended by over 225 healthcare informatics professionals.

Tom Closson, former CEO of the Toronto-based University Health Network, served as Master of Ceremonies, leading a high-spirited evening of entertainment and edification as the achievements of individuals and companies were recognized.

COACH Award Recipients

Leadership in the Field of Health Informatics Award

Lynn Nagle, RN, PhD, Consultant, Nagle & Associates Inc., Senior Nursing Advisor to Canada Health Infoway, Professor at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, and Immediate Past President of the Canadian Nursing Informatics Association. Lynn was until recently the Senior Vice President for Technology and Information Management at Mount Sinai Hospital, in Toronto.

Innovation in the Adoption of Health Informatics Award

NORTH Network Telemedicine Program
Dr. Ed Brown, Executive Director

Emerging Leader in Health Informatics

Nancy Gabor
Evaluations Coordinator, NORTH Network, Graduate student in Health Informatics at the University of Victoria, and Chair, COACH Code of Ethics Task Force.

President's Award

Elaine Sawatsky
Corporate Director, E. Sawatsky & Associates, Victoria, BC and Chair, COACH Privacy and Security Expert Working Group.

Steven Huesing Scholarship Award

Elizabeth Borycki, Assistant Professor, School of Health Information Science, University of Victoria.

CHITTA Award Recipients

Company of the Year Award

CLINICARE Corporation, Dennis Niebergal, President   & CEO

Corporate Citizenship Award

Multinational Corporations
McKesson Information Solutions Canada;
Ron Dunn, Vice President

Project Implementation Team of the Year Award

Active Web Corporation (MedShare),   Barry Billings, President & CEO

Canadian Owned Small and Mid-sized Enterprises

CLINICARE Corporation, Dennis Niebergal, President & CEO

Healthcare Transformation Award

Webmed Technology
Dr. Jonathan Burns, President

The award recipients were presented with a Canadian Health Informatics bronze statue. Canadian artist Stephen Booth was commissioned to design and create the statues especially for the occasion.  

In addition, recipients were presented with plaques commemorating their specific achievement. The details of their contributions are available on: www.HealthInformaticsAwards.ca. The Gala was sponsored by: CLINICARE Corporation, Courtyard Group, McKesson Canada, Nightingale Informatix, Sierra Systems and Xwave Healthcare.


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