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Monday Biotech Deal Review: August 16, 2010

Another decent week for Canada’s biotech companies, with about $30 million of securities sold and more deals launched. Big headlines this week for Alectos’ Alzheimer’s collaboration with Merck, which gets a US$289 million number but declines to split out the up-front payment or other details of the fee structure. Also, eHealth Ontario is spending significant money again, this time awarding a $46.5 million contract to a CGI subsidiary for work on a chronic disease management system. Finally, Biovail sold some CRO assets in a deal that passed under the radar until their Q2 report. 

And, to make sure an important thank-you doesn’t fly under the radar, I’d like to include an above-the-fold thanks this week to Keldeagh Lindsay, the Ogilvy Renault student who has been doing a great job helping out with the Monday Biotech Deal Review all summer. And now,

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Trends Update — Electronic Medical Records: Ontario’s New EMR Adoption Program

floppy-disk1Ontario is providing up to $29,800 per physician over 3 years for new adopters of electronic medical records.  In the few weeks since the program has been implemented, the OMA has gotten over 650 inquiries and over 150 applicants.  There’s a local option and a cloud option, which runs off the eHealth Ontario servers.  Interestingly, up to $14,400 is available for early EMR adopters who complete upgrades to the latest spec.

Some interesting features at OntarioMD try to increase the effectiveness of the implementation:

  • EMR Advisor, an Ontario-based blog that includes information, tips and case studies;
  • A transition support program;
  • A support guide; and
  • Practice management consultants (on the government’s dime).

Meanwhile, Canada Health Infoway got its own clean bill of health from the Auditor General.

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Health IT in Ontario: Electronic Medical Records, eHealth Procurement Need Help; Online Resources Make Progress

floppy-disk1The Ontario Health Quality Council’s (OHQC) 2009 Annual Report On Ontario’s Health System was released earlier this week, and it notes that Ontario lags when it comes to EMR adoption:

25 percent of family-practice doctors in Ontario had electronic medical records, compared to 50 percent in Alberta, 98 percent in the Netherlands and 89 percent in the United Kingdom.

Of course, eHealth Ontario is focused on other priorities: wait times, diabetes management, medication management…  and crisis management.  Ontario’s EMR target for full adoption is 2015, but the Ontario Medical Association and the Ontario Hospital Association both issued releases supporting the OHQC Report’s call for more EMR adoption.

Meanwhile, the Pew Research Centre has a new report out today about how consumers use the internet to find and interact with sources of health information that shows a pretty high level of engagement — according to the WSJ Health Blog’s interview with a co-author of the report:

Nearly 60% [of internet users] said they have consulted blog comments, hospital reviews and doctor reviews, listened to podcasts about health care and signed up to receive updates about health or medical issues. And 20% have posted comments, reviews, photos, audio or video online related to health care, such as participating in an online group forum.

On this front, Ontario is doing pretty well.   The Canadian Medical Association launched an online diabetes tool for family physicians with chronic disease patients at mydoctor.ca which:

allows patients to share important diabetes-related information – such as blood sugar, weight and exercise results – with their doctor in a secure, online environment.

Also, the Ontario Hospital Association’s myhospitalcare.ca website, which started off pretty thin, has gotten an information upgrade this week.

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