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Vol. 12 No. 3, February 11, 2015


Concern for Privacy Has Jumped, Survey of Canadians Finds
A growing number of Canadians say they are concerned about privacy, according to a new survey commissioned by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. The poll found that nine in 10 Canadians were concerned about privacy.  One in three (34%) said they were extremely concerned – up significantly from 25 percent in 2012. More than seven in 10 Canadians (73%) said they feel they have less protection of their personal information in their daily lives – the highest level in a decade. Meanwhile, 60 percent say they have little expectation of privacy today, either online or in the real world because there are so many ways in which their privacy can be compromised. The survey of more than 1,500 Canadians was commissioned by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.
The poll found, for example, that a significant majority (78%) expressed concern about how personal information about them online might be used in the context of government surveillance. More than half of Canadians (57%) said they were “not comfortable” with government departments and agencies requesting personal information from telecommunications companies without a warrant. Canadians expressed particular concern about what might happen to the personal information stored on a mobile device if it was lost or stolen, with nearly half (49%) saying they were extremely concerned. Nearly 30 percent of respondents said they had been negatively affected by a breach.  Most felt it is at least somewhat likely that their privacy may be breached by someone using their credit or debit card (78 %), stealing their identity (78%), or accessing personal information stored on their computer or mobile device (74%). And while they expressed concerns about many issues, roughly half of Canadians said they don’t have a good understanding of what businesses and government will do with their personal information. (PDF)


New Brilliance Pro Phototherapy System for Kids Born With Jaundice in Developing World
A few years ago D-Rev, a nonprofit organization developed the Brilliance, an affordable phototherapy system for treating infantile jaundice in the developing world. The $400 device has been remarkably effective at treating the disease by delivering wavelength specific therapy as recommended by the standards of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Now D-Rev has released the new Brilliance Pro version of the system. The Pro builds on the Classic model thanks to modifications based on feedback from existing users. SmartTilt technology adjusts the light produced by the built-in blue LEDs based on the angle of the head of the unit, delivering consistent, even coverage of light over the baby’s skin. Additionally, the Brilliance Pro comes with a handheld light meter to make sure the light’s intensity meets the criteria of optimal therapy delivery.
Microfluidic Chip May Replace Lab Rats in Drug Experiments
Researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology and Institute for Biotechnology at the Technical University of Berlin have developed a microfluidic chip that allows life scientists to mimic different metabolic processes of human and animal bodies. The hope is that many experiments that currently require animals will be performed using the new technology, soothing the nerves of an entire population of animal rights folks.
The device scales down and simplifies the human body at a 1:100,000 ratio. There are different chambers within which colonies of cells can be placed and cell culture media pumped through the system to simulate the circulatory system. The device is actually a template that allows different configurations of chambers and channels to be built specifically to the needs of every experiment.


'Dr Google' Launches in US
American residents who Google their symptoms will now see medical facts directly in their search results, in a move from the internet giant to provide easier access to health information. However, UK residents may face a wait for the service, which is only being rolled out in the US to start. The medical facts will be incorporated into the search engine’s Knowledge Graph, which collates facts, data and illustrations from various sources in fact boxes accompanying search results.
In a blog announcing the new feature, Google product manager Prem Ramaswami said the company wants to make it easier for people to find simple health information when searching online. Ramaswami said all the facts represent “real-life clinical knowledge from these doctors and high-quality medical sources across the web”, and were checked for accuracy by medical doctors at Google and the Mayo Clinic after being complied by a different team of doctors.
UK, US Step Up Collaboration on Digital Technologies, Services and Skills
The UK and the USA have agreed to step up collaboration on digital technologies between the two countries. They will work together on improving digital public services, opening up government data, and teaching young people how to program and other digital skills. This intensified partnership was announced two weeks ago by British Prime Minister David Cameron after a meeting with US President Barack Obama. Last month, the UK hosted the first summit of the D5 group, which aims to strengthen the digital economy through the principle of openness. The USA is not among the five founding member countries but it did attend as an observer.
The next stage of the US-UK partnership will focus on three core efforts: improving how government delivers digital services to citizens; continuing global open government efforts through the Open Government Partnership (OGP; on Wikipedia), which enhances government openness, transparency, accountability and responsiveness; and training the next generation of digital experts and expanding the reach of broadband Internet access.

The Emerging Bull Market for Digital Healthcare Journalism (opinion)
Last summer, at a time when many traditional publications were downsizing their health footprint, Politico made the bold decision to invest deeply in this area, and hired three strong healthcare journalists to staff a newly-launched eHealth PoliticoPro vertical, increasing the size of the Politico health team to eleven* – two editors and nine* reporters.
The eHealth expansion seems to be a success – an assessment based not only on the quality of the product, but more importantly, on the recent decision of Politico to expand their health offerings further; they have recently announced plans to add four additional health reporters and an additional editor, with the aim of increasing their coverage of payors, providers, and the pharmaceutical industry.

Big Connections, Big Impact: e-Connect Impact Challenge Teams Win with Digital Health
Canada Health Infoway is pleased to announce the recipients of the ImagineNation e-Connect Impact Challenge Adoption Awards. The Adoption Awards are presented to the teams whose solutions were accessed and used the most to communicate health information digitally to Canadians and authorized health care professionals, in the following four categories: e-Visits, e-Request for Prescriptions Renewals or Refills, e-Reports of Services and e-Request of Services.
  • e-Visits: Provides Canadians access to a private, secure and digital two-way interaction with their healthcare provider. First place – Medeo; Second place – miDASH; Third place – Wellx.
  • e-Request for Prescription Renewals or Refills: Allows patients to digitally request prescription renewals or refills from their healthcare provider. First place – Community MD; Second place – miDASH;
  • e-Reports of Services: Enables regulated clinicians to electronically provide reports about the services a patient received to other authorized care providers. First place – ClinicalConnect; Second place - Interior Health Authority; Third place - The Oshawa Clinic.
  • e-Requests for Services: Allows authorized healthcare providers to securely send electronic requests from one healthcare provider to another to request healthcare services for their patient. First place - The Ottawa Hospital; Second place -The Oshawa Clinic; Third place - Otn.teledermSF.
Support New Dr. Kathryn Hannah Nursing Informatics Scholarship
The Canadian nursing informatics community and the Canadian Nurses Foundation are partnering to establish the new Dr. Kathryn J. Hannah Nursing Informatics Scholarship, as a tribute to the health informatics leader and innovator. The annual scholarship, to be awarded to a nurse pursuing graduate studies to continue to advance leadership and innovation in nursing informatics and innovation, will be launched at the Canadian Health Informatics Awards Gala during e-Health 2015 June 2, 2015. Donations are needed for the scholarship; this is an excellent way to honour Kathryn and demonstrate support for nursing informatics. To make a donation, please follow the instructions on the Canadian Nursing Informatics Association (CNIA) website at:


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