The idea for this article hit me so suddenly I was concerned that I might have uttered the title out loud in the middle of someone else’s presentation! I was attending an ITAC Health workshop on healthcare interoperability and was listening to Trevor Hodge, Executive Vice-President at Canada Health Infoway, introduce Infoway’s clinical interoperability strategy. When Mr. Hodge cited the Alberta NetCare Viewer as a highly successful example of interoperability that met clinicians’ needs, I realized that interoperability could take many forms and that a pragmatic approach may be the most appropriate short-term strategy.
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Earlier this year Greg Reed, eHealth Ontario’s CEO, announced that he was resigning his position effective October 2013. Although there was a flurry of media attention when the resignation was announced, mainly focused on Mr. Reed’s severance package, there has been little speculation since then regarding Mr. Reed’s possible successor. Who are the possible candidates for this role?
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On May 28th, 2012 Dr. John Halamka, a physician and highly regarded healthcare IT thought leader, delivered the opening keynote address at the annual Canadian eHealth conference held this year in Vancouver, BC. Dr. Halamaka demonstrated how health IT is transforming the hospital in which he works and offered practical advice on how Canadian healthcare organizations and professionals can realize similar benefits. Fail to innovate, he warned, and “you risk becoming a BlackBerry in an iPhone world.”
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Computers that understood the spoken word was a popular theme in science fiction books, movies and TV shows when I was growing up. Consider, for example, HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey (“I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that,”) or the computer on board the Star Ship Enterprise from the Star Trek series (“Computer, Tea, Earl Grey, Hot.”) Ever since my youthful fling with science fiction, I have long been intrigued by the possibilities of computer software that understands the meaning of what a person says. Imagine, I have often mused, if we could apply this technology to the narrative notes that are viewed by many people to be an anachronism impeding efforts to share and analyze patient health information.
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