Daily Media Digest February 22, 2018

“Estimated emergency room wait times, as well as other Alberta Health Services information, are now available through Amazon Alexa. … “This service is another way AHS is using innovation and technology to better support Albertans in managing and maintaining their health,” AHS said in a news …”
TAGS: Alexa, ER wait times


The Outline
“Avesh Singh and Johnson Hsieh were there to present the first published research from their app Cardiogram, made using Apple’s HealthKit app developer. …. According to Natasha Tusikov, a professor at York University, unsecured biometric data should be a concern for users. “People will give up …”
TAGS: apple watch, diabetes


Canada NewsWire (press release)
“Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is one of Canada’s premier academic health sciences centres, with 1.2 million patient visits annually and $100 million of research funding each year. Sunnybrook’s experts in the Hurvitz Brain Sciences Program are leaders in new and novel minimally-invasive brain …”
TAGS: neuromodulation research, brain health


Vancouver Sun
“There can’t be anything more Canadian than having a hockey team named after you. Bret “The Hitman” Hart, once called the most famous Canadian and who endowed his name to the Calgary Hitmen, is also going on 12 years now as the national spokesman for March of Dimes Canada’s stroke …”
TAGS: strok recovery, Bret Hart, March of Dimes


“When asked to comment on the report, Science Minister Kirsty Duncan, who is currently travelling with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in India, reiterated the government’s commitment to ensuring scientists can speak freely about their work. She added in a statement emailed to CBC News that the newly … “
TAGS: federal government scientists, poll, muzzled


Dove Medical Press
“… St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Hamilton, ON, Canada; 3Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Laval University, Quebec City, QC, Canada; 4Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec – Université Laval, Axe Santé des Populations et Pratiques Optimales en Santé, Hôpital du St-Sacrement, …”
TAGS: pulmonary fibrosis, Clinical and economic burden


“Ontario has made major progress in reducing deaths due to circulatory, cancer and respiratory diseases – with more Ontarians surviving into old age – but the gains differ substantially across regions, according to public health policy researchers at the University of Toronto. Ontarians in health regions …”
TAGS: health inequities, geographic disparities


“Toronto, Canada / TheNewswire / February 21, 2018 – Ventripoint Diagnostics Ltd. (“Ventripoint” or the “Company”) (TSXV:VPT) is pleased to announce the installation of the VMS+ whole heart analysis system at the University of Alberta Mazanko wski Alberta Heart Institute under the supervision of Dr.”
TAGS: Mazankowski Heart Institute, heart analysis system


“Advocates for mental health say they’re feeling left out by the B.C. NDP’s new budget. The document, the NDP’s first in 17 years, included significant spending on affordable housing and support for Indigenous people, but the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) says it missed the mark on …”
TAGS: Mental health, missing from budget


Canada NewsWire (press release)
“The Government of Canada is working with provinces and territories to strengthen health care and adapt the system to the changing needs of Canadians. … This includes innovative ways of supporting family and community caregivers, as well as providing health care providers with new tools to assess …”
TAGS: healthcare, govt and NWT Bilateral agreement


“”The biggest threat to patients is hackers intercepting, and modifying data going to or coming from a medical device,” Youssef added. “If this is undetected by the cybersecurity staff, it can have an impact on the patient record and ultimately lead to unnecessary procedures or medication prescriptions.””
TAGS: Pacemakers, defibrillators , hackable


The Globe and Mail
“The health-sector transparency law that Ontario’s Liberal government adopted last year is loosely modelled on the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, a U.S. law that compels the makers of drugs and medical devices to reveal how they compensate individual physicians for work such as delivering …”
TAGS: drug firms, reveal funding to doctors


Occupational Health and Safety-5 hours ago
“The government of Canada and Brain Canada announced a $10.17 million grant that will create the Canadian Open Neuroscience Platform. It is a partnership of 15 universities that will facilitate sharing of data that supports research to advance treatments for Canadians suffering from neurological diseases. Health Canada …”
TAGS: Canadian Open Neuroscience Platform, Brain Research Data


Vancouver Sun-12 hours ago
“Richard Truscott, vice-president, B.C. and Alberta, of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, said about 20 per cent of his members pay MSP premiums for employees and the “double whammy” next year is going to be particularly harsh. Truscott said if the government had been “wise and responsible” it would …”
TAGS: BC Budget, payroll health tax