HealthAchieve 2010: Opening Session (Day 1 – morning)

November 8, 2010 conferences & conventions

Welcome from HealthAchieve 2010! I was able to attend this year and am looking forward to some interesting presentations, inspiring stories (most likely from the Canadian Olympians), and warm reconnections with colleagues. I’ll try to post some photos to include with the posts (if I remember to take them). As usual, the opening session was […]

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Why you should attend HealthAchieve

November 5, 2010 conferences & conventions

This year’s HealthAcheive starts on Monday and if you’re still not sure about attending, I would recommend attending if you can. Not sure if I can make it this year, but I’m hoping that I can. Based on my attendance at past events, here are five reasons why you should attend: #1. Listen to Great […]

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It’s official. Mobile Health is hot!

October 22, 2010 news

I’ve been following the mobile health (aka “mhealth”) for a while now. In fact, I’ve been more intrigued by mhealth than ehealth for the past couple of years. Why? Well, the main reason is that mhealth seems to be a more dynamic space at this point in time. In general terms, eHealth seems to be […]

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Dollars for Docs: Is your physician taking $$ from drug companies?

October 20, 2010 news

ProPublica just released a series of articles and a report titled “Dollars for Docs” which investigates the “financial tiles between doctors and drug companies” Basically, ProPublica is investigating the effect of financial support from pharmaceutical companies on physician behaviour. ProPublica’s investigation seems to suggest that drug companies are increasingly using physicians to market drugs and […]

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Knowing is Better

October 19, 2010 news

While relaxing in front of the tube last night, I was intrigued by an ad that I saw which depicted a daughter visiting a doctor with her elderly father. The physician was asking about the medications and the daughter showed her a small bag full of pill bottles. We next see the physician use a […]

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The new Face(Time) of telemedicine and telehealth?

September 29, 2010 analysis

As someone interested in innovation in health care, I’m very much excited about Apple Inc‘s FaceTime feature announced earlier this year with iPhone 4. ¬†FaceTime is a video calling protocol that can be used by iPhone 4 users. Apple has indicated that they will be releasing the FaceTime protocol as an open standard. The iPad […]

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Poll: Will Regional Extension Centres (RECs) deliver on their mission?

September 26, 2010 news

I was notified of this interesting poll regarding the future success of RECs and recommend that you check out the poll (see link below) and information on reviews of EHRs. Eight months have passed since the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) began funding Regional Extension Centers (RECs). Sixty RECs have been […]

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CCHIT certification of EHRs

August 13, 2010 analysis

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) is the body responsible for certifying electronic health record systems in the US since 2006. However, their role may be changing given some of the recent announcements. Chris Thorman has an excellent piece analyzing the situation and how CCHIT’s influence might change in the future. He’s titled […]

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