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Healthcare in Canada - February 2001
Alberta's College of Physicians and Surgeons have outlined new standards for private clinics. The "extended-stay non-hospital surgical facilities" standards are part of Bill 11, Alberta's private medicine legislation. The standards are more stringent than those governing public hospitals, according to CPSA registrar Dr. Larry Ohlhauser. All major surgery must continue to be done in a hospital, and the Health Care Protection Act expressly prohibits private hospitals. Therefore, only non-major surgery needing more than 12 hours of postoperative care could be done in a private facility offering overnight stays.
Data from the Canadian Bacterial Disease Network show a reduction in vancomycin-resistant enterococci, and a levelling off and possibly reduction in penicillin-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae. However, rates of quinolone-resistant S. pneumoniae and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), while low, are increasing.
Ormed Information Systems, Ltd. and Global Healthcare Exchange, LLC have launched an alliance that creates the largest e-commerce supply management service for patient care products in Canada. The network allows more than 450 Canadian healthcare facilities to purchase their surgical, medical and non-medical products, and manage inventories by connecting over the Internet.
Metropolitain Toronto's six million residents now have access to Telehealth, a 24-hour service served by experienced registered nurses and get advice on the best medical course of action to take. The service is expected to field an estimated 800,000 calls in its first full year of operation. Telehealth is modeled on the Direct Health pilot project that's been in operation in northern Ontario since June 1999. Telehealth will be available in the rest of the province by the end of 2001.
Healthcare in Canada - January 2001
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