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Healthcare in Canada - November 1999

The Hamilton, Ontario Centre for Minimal Access Surgery and McMaster University's Health Information Research Unit have initiated new uses for the Internet, and by using video conferencing, microtechnology and robotics for surgery and surgical training. The first formal training centre in Canada for Minimal Access Surgery was recently unveiled at St. Joseph's Hospital under Dr. Mehran Anvari. By using teleconferencing, the new centre is able to have more than 100 faculty members in virtually all surgical sub-specialties from all over the world on staff.

A three-year pilot project to test the efficiency of a smart health card is now officially under way in Laval, a suburb of Montreal. The project revolves around dossier carte santé (health card file), a portable, computerized summary of all files from every facility where a health system user receives medical treatment or other health services. For the Laval project, the new Centre hospitalier ambulatoire régional de Laval, the Jewish Hospital readaptation centre and four community health clinics (CLSCs) have been outfitted with the necessary equipment. More than 450 doctors, nurses and other card-carrying health professionals will be involved. The three-year project, which began unofficially on Sept. 27, is expected to cost $1.7 million. If successful, the system will be expanded across the province at an estimated cost of $400 million.

Ontario Hospital Association President and CEO David MacKinnon and Dr. William Sibbald, Assistant Dean, Academic Networks and Clinical Evaluation, The University of Western Ontario and Senior Advisor, Executive Leadership, London Health Sciences Centre, recently announced a new partnership focusing on helping hospital-based clinical teams provide the best patient care possible for hysterectomies and acute myocardial infarction. The program, involving teams of front-line caregivers learning together and sharing "best practices" will assist hospitals with clinical decisions, ensure timely access to treatment and ultimately enhance outcomes for patients. Using the results of the OHA Hospital Report Card Project as a starting point, the partnership will develop, implement and evaluate a teaching program for hospital-based teams for two common causes of admission to hospital. The program will involve the development and implementation of clinical protocols over a two-year period, commencing in the year 2000.

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