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Healthcare in Canada - March 2001
A national registry to examine mistakes made by nurses and doctors is being set up to find ways to prevent tragedies from being repeated. The registry, to be made up of doctors and pharmacists, aims to fix the problem of health care mistakes, not by assigning blame, but by finding ways to prevent medication errors. The registry is being coordinated by the Institute for Safe Medical Practices.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information has selected Healthcare.com Corporation's EMerge, enterprise-wide master patient index to create a Unique Personal Identifier/Client Registry for the provincial health system. The Unique Personal Identifier Registry is one of several initiatives being undertaken by NLCHI to enhance access to information for providers, planners, researchers and consumers. It will hold demographic information on each person using the health system, including name, address, date of birth, provincial health number and eligibility status. The Client Registry will use a shadow number, known as the Unique Personal Identifier, to communicate with other information systems. While the Client Registry itself will not include any personal health information about individuals, it will facilitate the linking and exchange of information between future components of the Health Information Network. The network will be built in stages over the next five to seven years.
TB is raising its ugly head in Canada again. About 400-500 new cases of TB surface in Toronto each year and the Toronto Western Hospital Tuberculosis Clinic has treated about 70 infected patients since its inception in September 2000. Further, about 20% of TB cases in Toronto involve resistance to at least one drug, and 6% are resistant to two or more drugs.
Healthcare in Canada - February 2001
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