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Trends Update — Electronic Medical Records: Your eHealth Future from CNET News

floppy-disk1CNET News has been taking a look at electronic medical records over the last few days in a feature called “Your eHealth Future” (hat tip to the WSJ Health Blog).  They are covering health care reform from the IT side, presented in six articles, all accessible through this link:

  1. 1.   Dragging health records into the Digital Age;
  2. Microsoft, Google in healthy competition;
  3. What you need to know about e-health records faq;
  4. Politicos prep for another health care showdown; 
  5. Why are doctors such Luddites? and
  6. Taking your health record with you.

 

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Trends Update — Electronic Medical Records: Telus/Microsoft and GE’s Global Healthcare Initiative Come to Canada

floppy-disk1Two Canadian developments on the electronic medical records front:

Telus-Microsoft:

Telus and Microsoft are developing a patient-centred system that would allow individuals to access and manage their medical records and would interface directly with health care providers’ systems to gather and share the data.  Canada Health Infoway wants to make sure it’s secure.  The CBC story mentions that the IBM/Google Health team is looking at a Canadian implementation as well.

GE Healthcare:

GE held an event today at MaRS launching a global healthcare initiative — called “healthymagination” — with announcements in 4 other cities around the world including Washington

GE is devoting $6 billion over the next 6 years to meet three goals by 2015: reduce the cost of healthcare by 15% (focusing on procedures and processes); increase access by 15% (to services, technologies and health education); and improve quality by 15% (partner with physicians and stakeholders to simplify procedures and accelerate adoption of standards of care). 

The initiative was introduced in Toronto by Elyse Allan, President & CEO of GE Canada, and by Peter Robertson, General Manager of GE Healthcare Canada, who did a good job of speaking to Canadian-specific issues.  One program that was heavily discussed was the Pan Northern Ontario PACS Project (PNOP) agreement with GE Healthcare for the creation of a Diagnostic Imaging Repository (DI-r) and longitudinal patient records across northern Ontario.  The program is being funded in part by Canada Health Infoway and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care’s eHealth Program.

 

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