Google Health Begins Its Preseason at Cleveland Clinic

February 24, 2008

For 18 months, Google has been working to come up with a product offering and a strategy in the promising field of consumer health information. Until now, the search giant hasn’t had anything to show for its labors other than bumps along the way — delays and a management change.

But on Thursday, Google’s technology for personal health records, which is still in development, is getting a big endorsement from the Cleveland Clinic. The big medical center is beginning a pilot project to link the health information for some of its patients with Google personal health records.

Cleveland Clinic is at the cutting edge of health information technology, and its more than 100,000 patients each has a personal health record. But a sizable portion of those patients are retirees, notes Dr. C. Martin Harris, the clinic’s chief information officer. Many of them, he said, spend about five months elsewhere, typically in Florida or Arizona, and the clinic’s sophisticated electronic health records don’t follow them there.

“It forces the patient to become his or her own medical historian,” Dr. Harris said.

The Google personal health record, he said, is a solution to that problem, among others. A person can approve the transfer of information on, say, medical conditions, allergies, medications and laboratory results from the clinic’s computers to a Google personal health record — a series of secure Web pages.

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Where errors can be fatal, lab works out the kinks

January 30, 2008

Hospital-based centre puts medical devices to the test through simulations with real doctors and nurses

The Globe and Mail featured an article in December, 2007 highlighting the work of University Health Network’s Healthcare Human Factors Group, specifically their two-year collaboration with Smiths Medical to develop a user-friendly “smart” pump-infusion system.

The UHN is an umbrella institution comprised of three hospitals -Toronto General, Toronto Western and Princess Margaret. Its Human Factors Group is housed in a new $6-million facility, began operating less than three years ago and has quickly become what is believed to be the world’s largest hospital-based human-factors research centre.  Human factors analysis, also called ergonomics or usability testing, is the term describing the linkage between a technology and its ease of operation.

They saw a video of professional nurses who fumbled when asked to change the medication and the dosage on a machine.  They pressed several buttons on the infusion pump but nothing started the change procedure.  Then they were called away by an emergency alarm when they returned to the (simulated) patient, they could not remember where they were in the process.

Smith Medical saw the video and they were mortified.  This led to an extensive two-year collaboration between the company and the UHN centre to develop a user-friendly “smart” pump-infusion system.

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Celebrating Research Week – Managing Health Care for the Future

March 3, 2007

March 8, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Join the Sauder School of Business for an exciting panel discussion on the future of health care at UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson St. – Room C100. This is a free event and everyone is encouraged to attend. Key note speakers include:  Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrating Research Week – Healthy Lungs, Healthy Lives: The Latest Research & Care in Lung Health

March 3, 2007

March 6, 7:00pm – 8:30pm (doors open 6:30pm)

Unlock the secrets of lung health with experts in asthma, cystic fibrosis in children, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Experts will examine the environmental and genetic contributors to poor lung health, the latest in research and care, and then answer your questions. The seminar will be conducted at St. Paul’s Hospital, Providence Building Level 1 (1081 Burrard St.), New Lecture Theatre.

Pre-registration is free, call 604-875-4372
or email

Celebrating Research Week – Department of Surgery Poster Session

March 3, 2007

From March 6 – 8, The Centre of Surgical Research will host a poster session to showcase posters by their researchers. This event is held at the Diamond Family Courtyard, VGH – 2775 Laurel St.

For more informations call 604-875-4111 ext. 61386.

Hospital catches BlackBerry fever

October 29, 2006


Trillium Health Centre (Mississauga, Ontario) has started using BlackBerries and doctors, nurses pharmacists and the like, love how convenient and effective it can be. This is great news and hopefully our local hospitals in Vancouver will also adopt this technology! Inevitably, they have also lifted the cell phone ban in the hospital.

“Everybody here has a BlackBerry. And I don’t think you’ll find anybody here who hasn’t adopted it and who doesn’t think it’s made us better.”

Toronto Star