How Technology is Transforming Health Care – Cheryl-Anne’s Story

August 12, 2014 1:37 pm

Cheryl-Anne was diagnosed with a very rare form leukemia, a complex disease to understand. She believed part of getting well depended upon understanding her disease, her treatments and their effects. She needed to become a full, participating, engaged patient. She needed to get information. Before digital health tools were available […]

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Babes4Breasts and the OICC

July 24, 2014 9:59 am

You have cancer. Breast cancer. Those are words that can instantaneously send bad chills up and down your spine and take your breath away in the worst way. A cancer diagnosis can leave a person feeling helpless and all alone, and, understandably, wanting care to start right away. The problem […]

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Q & A with Canada Health Infoway

July 22, 2014 9:46 am

1. How is digital health improving the health of Canadians? Canadians from coast to coast to coast are using digital health tools to manage their health and wellness. In fact, a recent Harris/Decima survey reveals 89 per cent of Canadians feel it is important that they personally have full advantage […]

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Dealing with Diabetes

July 15, 2014 11:26 am
Marcus Camp

The Nita Family Opens Up and Shares How Community Involvement and Digital Health Helps Families Deal with Type 1 Diabetes Imagine waking up one morning to find your child going into diabetic ketoacidosis — a life-threatening complication from diabetes. Blood flow slows throughout your child’s body as your child slips […]

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Cash for Blood Products a Flawed Policy

June 20, 2014 9:14 am

By Ryan Meili and Monika Dutt In the early 1980s, over 2000 Canadians who received blood transfusions were infected with HIV and as many as 30,000 contracted Hepatitis C. This tragic scandal, and the Krever inquiry that followed, resulted in the overhaul of our blood donation system to ensure the […]

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Dying Well: Why We All Need to Have End of Life Conversations

June 18, 2014 2:01 pm

By Harvey Max Chochinov The last time I was in Israel, I went on some home visits with a palliative care physician in the town of Sfat near the Sea of Galilee. My colleague, a devout Jewish doctor, took me to several homes to offer advice on managing his most […]

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Why We Need to Rethink the Nursing Home Model

June 17, 2014 12:29 pm
2. Nursing Home

We don’t need more nursing home “beds,” we need more care options so people have choices By Verena Menec How many nursing beds are needed in Canada to care for frail, elderly people with high care needs? That’s a question that policy makers across the country are grappling with, given […]

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Misinformation About Breast Cancer Screening Still a Problem

June 16, 2014 2:40 pm

By Alan Cassels I was about to call it a day when an email arrived with the following in the subject line: “The Best Health Advice You’ll Get Today.” That caught my attention. I was curious.  And I’m a sucker for free health advice.  I’ve got more than just a […]

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Better Health Together – How Technology is Transforming Health Care

June 5, 2014 11:58 am

Founded in 2001, Canada Health Infoway is a federally-funded, not-for-profit organization whose role is to help improve health and health care by collaborating with every province and territory to propel Canada’s move from paper to digital health. From 2007 to 2012, an estimated $8.6 billion in benefits accrued to Canadians […]

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Community Leaders Rally to Support the OICC Approach to Cancer

May 29, 2014 10:59 am

Spring has finally sprung in Ottawa and with it tulips and daffodils are popping up everywhere… not just the daffodils in your garden but the ones you pin on as a reminder that cancer is all around too. But there are havens of hope, and one such oasis of healing […]

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The Digital Health Highway

9:32 am

by Richard Alvarez Q How can I use digital tools to improve my health? A Managing a chronic disease requires a lot of monitoring, as Brian Campkin discovered following surgery to repair three arteries that were clogged at nearly 100 per cent. Brian’s heart disease was discovered following a heart […]

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Most Medications Prescribed to Children Have Not Been Adequately Studied

May 19, 2014 1:32 pm

Canada is falling behind other countries on drug safety for children By: Martin Offringa and Terry P. Klassen The development of new therapies has provided our health care system with enormous advances, such as insulin for diabetes, antibiotics for infections or chemotherapy for many cancers.  Yet these therapies may also […]

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Why medical tourism is not the answer

May 15, 2014 9:23 am

Medical tourism is not a ‘cash cow’ but a ‘many-headed Hydra’ By Colleen M. Flood So it looks like the ‘magic bullet’ solution has been found at last to cure Canada’s health care woes: medical tourism.  Last week, Toronto’s Sunnybrook hospital defended its position to court affluent medical patients from […]

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Thousands of Lives Could be Saved by Improving our Health Care System

May 8, 2014 9:08 am

Not all health regions should receive equal funding By Michel Grignon When a health care system cannot make the best use of resources at its disposal, consequences can be dire, and such is the case with the Canadian health system.  A recent study from the Canadian Institute for Health Information […]

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Prenatal Stress Can Affect the Fetal and Infant Brain

April 30, 2014 1:00 pm

Prolonged exposure to toxic stress has been linked to depression, heart disease, diabetes and alcoholism By Nicole Letourneau and Justin Joschko Last month, it was reported that an Edmonton woman was badly beaten by her spouse. Though the attack put her in the hospital, the police offered a silver lining […]

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Naturopathic Medicine 101: Care and Cost

April 28, 2014 9:58 am

Health care: nothing fires up Canadians more than this topic. A recent Abacus Data poll found that it continues to top the list of priorities for Canadians and the cost of providing care continues to be a major concern for those who govern it, especially as Boomers age and make […]

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What Problem Do We Believe Private Health Insurance is Going to Fix?

April 17, 2014 10:00 am

By Mark Stabile Canada is about to face its second court challenge over restrictions on private health insurance when Dr. Brian Day’s case appears before the courts in September 2014.  It is true that there are examples of jurisdictions that value universal health insurance coverage and also allow private insurance […]

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