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$600 to access Personal Health Record (PHR) shocks patient

Editor | CBC News | March 12, 2013

A Thunder Bay woman says she's shocked by the high cost of accessing her own medical file after her family doctor closed his practice late last year. To get her health records, Wendy Doran had to call a private medical registry that now holds her file. When she says she was told there would be a fee of more than $600 to access them, she couldn't believe it.“I was just dumbfounded,” she said. Read More »

All Documents at Canada's Science and Tech Museums' to Be 'Open by Default' by Fall, CEO Pledges

Don Butler | Ottawa Citizen | June 13, 2016

In a government town like Ottawa, where information has traditionally been jealously guarded, what Alex Benay is proposing could trigger a bout of cognitive dissonance. According to Benay, president and CEO of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation, almost all documents generated by the corporation’s three national museums – Science and Technology, Aviation and Space, and Agriculture and Food – will soon be available to the public through an online portal...

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Americans Living Longer Than Two Decades Ago, But Overall State Of Health Care Is 'Mediocre,' Despite Spending Increase: Report

Staff Writer | Daily News | July 10, 2013

The United States is falling behind its economic peers in most measures of health, despite making gains in the past two decades, according to a sweeping study of data from 34 countries. Read More »

As Vermont Goes Single Payer, So Goes The Nation?

Molly Worthen | SundayReview | April 5, 2014

Three years ago, Peter Shumlin, the governor of Vermont, signed a bill creating Green Mountain Care: a single-payer system in which, if all goes according to plan, the state will regulate doctors’ fees and cover Vermonters’ medical bills.

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ASAP Awards – Interview With Nitika Pant Tai

Fabiana Kubke | | October 21, 2013

Communities with limited wealth suffer of diseases in a way that many of us may never come to be confronted with. Poverty befriends disease, and many diseases befriend shame. Read More »

Canada Kicks Up A Fracking Fuss As Govt Body Slams Poor Research

Staff Writer | RT News | May 1, 2014

A new report by Environment Canada, a governmental body, admits there is too little scientific information on the effects of hydraulic fracturing on the environment and human health.  The report by 14 international experts was compiled at the request of Environment Canada to consider the pollution impacts of the exploration and extraction of Canada’s shale gas resources.

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Canada May Be Nearing The Open Access "Tipping Point"

Michael Geist | Michael Geist | October 24, 2013

[...] While it has captured limited attention outside of educational circles, the Internet has facilitated the emergence of open access publishing of research, transforming the multi-billion dollar academic publishing industry and making millions of articles freely accessible to a global audience. Read More »

Canada reaps major benefits from using EHR systems

Anthony Brino | Government Health IT | April 23, 2013

As some U.S. lawmakers still remain skeptical about the long-term value of federal health IT investments, a PricewaterhouseCoopers report on EHRs in Canadian physician practices pegs the efficiency and patient benefit value at about $1.3 billion since 2006. Read More »

Canada's Headed For A Disaster Of Its Own

Tom Cochran | Huff Post | December 22, 2016

I am deeply disappointed at yet another massive government IT failure, and sadly, not surprised in the slightest. The Canadian government's initiative to consolidate more than 1,500 government websites into a single super site,, is failing and starting to look like Canada's version of the disastrous The original deadline for completing the project passes this month, with costs ballooning from $1.54 million to a reported $9.4 million, and growing...

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Canadian Military Faces Wave Of Mental Health Cases, Warns Report

Bruce Campion-Smith | The Star | December 16, 2013

Canada’s military could be overwhelmed by a spike in new cases, and an activist fears financial worries will only add to the stress. Read More »

CGI Group Seen Rebounding From Obamacare Website Failure

Frederic Tomesco | Bloomberg | October 25, 2013

CGI Group Inc. (GIB/A) Chief Executive Officer Michael Roach told investors at a conference two weeks before the debut of the Obamacare website that the contract marked the start of a “long-term relationship” and a “significant growth opportunity.” Read More »

Creating a New IT Culture in Health Care

Graham W. S. Scott | National Post | October 4, 2011

The pressures on our health system are real and continue to build, threatening the sustainability of our health-care system. For example, rates of chronic disease continue to increase, and access and quality challenges continue to be a reality in many parts of the country. Read More »

Digitizing Maps Of Malaria Hotspots To Save Lives

Mapping collaboration between Europe and Africa has led to the creation of a digitized malaria mapping database that for the first time brings together all available malaria data, helping tackle a disease that kills more than 660,000 people every year.

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Doctors Petition for Halt to Health-Record-System Rollout

Cindy E. Harnett | Times Colonist | June 7, 2016

More than 100 doctors have signed a petition asking Island Health to suspend the introduction of its $174-million electronic health record system at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. The petition asks that Island Health suspend the system’s implementation until software that they say is canceling, overriding, changing or doubling up some drug orders is fixed or replaced. “Otherwise it’s inevitable something horrible is going to happen,” said one physician, on the condition of anonymity because of fear of repercussions...

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Education Management with Moodle: The Beginning, Middle, and Today

Moodle is the de facto standard in open source learning management systems. It is described as "a learning platform designed to provide educators, administrators and learners with a single robust, secure and integrated system to create personalised learning environments." Plus, Moodle is free software, licensed under the GPL. Martin Dougiamas, Moodle's founder and lead developer, generously took time from his busy schedule to have a good, long talk with me about why he created it, where it is today, and what's next in open education. First let me give you a little background. I was introduced to Moodle in 2005 while visiting a public school district in Portland, Oregon, which was using Moodle as part of their instructional delivery...