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Canadian Physicians Choose Pen and Paper Over EHR During Cerner Go-Live

Akanksha Jayanthi | Becker's Health IT & CIO Review | June 8, 2016

Vancouver Island Health Authority in British Columbia, Canada, is in the midst of rolling out Cerner's EHR across its system, but physicians are petitioning to suspend the go-live, citing concerns regarding patient safety, according to a Times Colonist report. In 2013, Island Health signed a 10-year, $50 million deal with Cerner to implement the EHR across the system, which includes an additional $124 million for hardware and training. The EHR went live at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, a residential care center and another health center on March 19...

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FEMA Was Overwhelmed by Hurricanes and Wildfires in 2017, GAO Says

Erin Ailworth | Wall Street Journal | September 4, 2018

The back-to-back devastation of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, followed by catastrophic wildfires in California, overwhelmed federal disaster responders in 2017, according to a government report released Tuesday. The unprecedented sequence of storms and fires forced Federal Emergency Management Agency staff to jump from one disaster to another and in some cases use uncertified workers to fill key roles. “They were 30% understaffed when Harvey hit,” said Chris Currie, director of emergency management issues at the Government Accountability Office, which wrote Tuesday’s report. “By the time Maria hit Puerto Rico, they were down to the bottom of the barrel.”

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Mega-Earthquake Forecasted To Hit British Columbia, Pacific Coast For First Time In 11,000 Years

Rebecka Schumann | International Business Times | June 13, 2013

A historically large earthquake is scheduled to hit the Pacific Coast, according to a new study released this week. Read More »

OpenStudent Replaces Traditional Student Achievement System

Jen Wike | opensource.com | February 20, 2013

The province of British Columbia started out with a vision over 10 years ago to have "one student record, stored in one location, accessed by all authorized users." And all but four districts in the province, and many independent schools, followed this vision [...]. Now, after eight years in production, the system will be discontinued by the vendor in 2015... Read More »

WELL Health Acquires NerdEMR, Largest OSCAR Open Source EHR Provider in British Columbia

Press Release | WELL Health Technologies Corp. | November 15, 2018

WELL Health Technologies Corp., a company focused on consolidating and modernizing clinical and digital assets within the primary healthcare sector, is pleased to announce it has entered into an arm's length share purchase agreement dated November 14, 2018 (the "Agreement") with the shareholders of NerdEMR..."We're excited to welcome the very talented and committed staff of NerdEMR to the WELL Health family," said Hamed Shahbazi, Chairman and CEO of WELL Health Technologies "NerdEMR is the leading OSCAR service provider in BC with approximately 220 medical clinics under contract. The closing of this transaction will catapult WELL into the National EMR marketplace with a premier asset."

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