$150M investment in eHealth
to improve patient care
VICTORIA, BC, May 1 /CNW Telbec
Patient care will be improved and modernized throughout British Columbia with the investment of $150 million towards eHealth initiatives, announced Health Minister George Abbott at the opening of a national eHealth conference in Victoria.
Canada Health Infoway, a national, independent organization which invests
in electronic health record systems across Canada in partnership with provinces and territories, has conditionally agreed to allocated up to
approximately $120 million to B.C. for eHealth initiatives between 2005/06 and 2008/09. The Ministry of Health is providing an additional $30 million over the same period.
Massachusetts VNA To Expand Telemonitoring Program
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The Natick Visiting Nurses Association since September has provided 31 patients with telemonitoring devices and plans soon to offer an additional 70 devices, the Boston Globe reports.
The devices, which mainly are used by patients with heart or respiratory conditions, prompt patients to check vital signs such as oxygen level, blood pressure and weight, and then ask a series of personalized questions. The information then is sent by a telephone line to a VNA computer and nurses analyze the results and identify any abnormal data. The VNA also sends a weekly report displaying trends to each patient's physician.
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|Seamless & Secure Exchange of Health
Information at HIMSS 2006
More than 3,000 attendees visited the 2006 HIMSS Interoperability Showcase.
Interoperability became reality at the 2006 HIMSS Interoperability Showcase when 17 ambulatory and hospital electronic medical record (EMR) and personal health record (PHR) systems from different healthcare IT and management systems vendors shared information in a structured and secured RHIO using standards-based specifications.
With advance testing conducted at the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) Connectathon (held in January), these EHR and other IT systems, which are used today in healthcare care delivery, were part of the showcase and positioned on the exhibit floor during the 2006 Annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference & Exhibition, held Feb. 12-16 in San Diego, Calif.
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New study examines scope of online breast cancer support groups
Stereotypes about who will use online support groups are wrong, according to research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The researchers found that age, income and education did not predict participation, although minorities were not as active as other users.
The percentage of women with breast cancer participating in online support groups is significant and has been growing steadily over the past decade. This new research provides insights about the characteristics of women who are more likely to participate in these groups when barriers to computers and Internet access are removed.
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