Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Toronto for the Medicine 2.0 conference

I've now arrived in Toronto for the Medicine 2.0 conference. The flight was long & as work had booked me a cheap flight it came into Hamilton International rather than the local Pearson Airport, which meant bus rides - which was OK, but the fact that it was a bank holiday in Canada meant that some trains etc were not running.

First impressions from the air were of a massive country with lots of lakes and very straight roads - but green and pleasant, as they have had lots of rain this summer. The people seem very relaxed and friendly - thanks to 2 ladies I met on the transfer bus who gave me an introduction to places to see and go.

Today I'm seem to be recovering from the jet lag - we shall see if I sleep this evening - and have had a wander around the city, including the harbourside, Distillery historic district, and St Lawrence Market.I've also booked myself a trip to Niagra Falls tomorrow before the conference gets going.

I'm not quite sure what to expect from the conference - the very nature of the innovative technologies may have attracted a different crowd from the usual academic conference and the papers listed in the proceedings look interesting. I'm hoping that there will be a real buzz around the potential applications and lots of new ideas and contacts being generated - we shall see.

I will be posting my impressions here and others, including Peter Murray will be posting at If there is an official conference blog I will link to this later. There has been a dedicated social networking site using crowdvine, for conference participants, but I think anyone is welcome to contribute.

On a final note I've written this entry & done the links etc using Google's Beta release of its browser Chrome - which all seems to be working well so far. I'm also playing with a new camera on this trip.

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Friday, August 22, 2008

eHealth Canada

It is always interesting to compare eHealth developments around the world, and a recent report from Ontario caught my eye, particularly as i shall be in Canada in 2 weeks for the Medicine 2.0 conference for which the final programme has just been released.

In Ontario their Smart System's for Health Agency (SSHA) has undertaken a range of new initiatives, in their province-wide information technology infrastructure.

These include:

* 63,295 new ONE Mail users, 15% above target, added at 58 organizations for a total of 116,739 accounts province-wide

* 1,541 new ONE Network sites added for a total of 7,213 sites connected

* 60 per cent of Network Refresh Project sites transitioned to SSHA’s upgraded network, significantly expanding current and future bandwidth requirements, while also improving reliability, security, privacy and overall quality of ONE Network

* 2 complex initiatives, Ontario Laboratories Information System and Enterprise Master Patient Index, transitioned to SSHA for ongoing application maintenance.

It would be interesting to see how these developments are affecting front line care, and if any readers from the area would like to comment please let me know.

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