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  • An experience with US health care

    I’ve always been curious about the US health care system, particularly in terms of how it is similar and different with the Canadian system. Last night, I had a chance to experience the US system first-hand. A few of us went out for dinner and on our way back home, one of the members slipped […]

  • Mobile Health App Contest

    Just sharing a very interesting contest that I became aware of recently. The contest is called “Applications for Good” (www.applicationsforgood.org) and will be “giving away $50,000 in prize money to develop mobile, desktop, web, and SMS applications to help people learn, be healthier, get jobs, and get financial security”.   The contest is being run by […]

  • The games surrounding certification in EHRs

    A little while back, the Certification Committee for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) had its future in doubt because of some announcements about possible changes to its role. As with any program, there seems to be some issues surrounding the certification process and whether vendors may be “playing games”. Houston Neal, of Software Advice, has an […]

  • HealthAchieve 2010: ehealthachieve “meaningful use” panel discussion

    Didn’t get a chance to write a post of the eHealthAchieve session on “meaningful use” but I did manage to tweet the main points which were raised. It was an interesting experience tweeting. If you want to follow the points, look my handle (@hansmixer) on twitter and search for the #HealthAchieve tag. You can also […]

  • HealthAchieve 2010: Going for Gold (Day 2 – morning feature session)

    This session opened with a video of highlights from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and Paralympics with the official Olympic song, “I Believe”. Gotta admit that seeing the images again pulled some emotions. The session was moderated by Brian Williams who started off with an interesting and funny story. He then spoke about the changing attitude […]

  • HealthAchieve 2010: HR session by Nick Vujicic (Day 2 – morning)

    I was able to catch the tail end of the morning HR Session with motivational speaker Nick Vujicic. I don’t know the details of his story, but what I do know is that he doesn’t have any arms and legs. My first thought was “how does he dress himself?” which the person next to me […]

  • HealthAchieve 2010: eHealthAchieve opening session (Day 2 morning)

    The focus of the opening session of the eHealthAchieve track was on “smart mobility and clinical collaboration”. There was a panel presentation by IBM, RIM, and Toronto East General Hospital. IBM’s presentation was focused on the benefits of technology in health care settings, namely 1) improving operational effectiveness, 2) achieve better outcomes and quality, and […]

  • HealthAchieve 2010: Opening Session (Day 1 – morning)

    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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