Doctors, developers hacking their way to better healthcare

Software developers often use “hackathons” to brainstorm ideas with colleagues, especially to design games and create new social media tools. But a new grassroots organization is putting doctors and developers together to hack their way to solutions to health-care inefficiencies.

On a recent Wednesday evening in Toronto, a few dozen developers converged on Toronto General Hospital to discuss Hacking Health’s three-day hackathon in October.

Rather than develop the next “Angry Birds” or “Words With Friends,” and pocket heaps of cash for their troubles, these developers want to create tools that make doctors’ work easier and patients’ lives better.

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CloudSentry® Helps Protect Critical Infrastructure and Ensure Subscriber Data Privacy

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) [NYSE: SAI] and its wholly-owned subsidiary, CloudShield Technologies Inc., announced today that SaskTel, a leading full service communications provider in the Province of Saskatchewan, Canada, will utilize CloudSentry®, the latest platform offering from the company’s Cybersecurity Business Unit, to bolster its advanced security posture across its networks. 

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EnerTech Capital Leads N-Dimension Solutions Funding

EnerTech Capital has closed its lead investment in a $3.85 million financing round along with co-investor Export Development Canada in N-Dimension Solutions. The business is a smart Grid cyber security company based in Richmond Hill.

“We have been looking for a Cyber Security investment for several years and we are very excited to have found and closed our investment in N-Dimension. The global opportunity for Cyber Security solutions for both the grid and other critical infrastructure assets (water, oil and gas and transportation) represents a significant market opportunity.” said Wally Hunter, Managing Director EnerTech Capital.

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Microsoft-RIM Rumour Has Tech Giant Investing $3.5 Billion In BlackBerry Maker

Once again, it’s the season for RIM takeover rumours, and this time it’s Microsoft that is said to be interested in the struggling BlackBerry maker.

Weeks after a dismal quarterly earnings report prompted the departure of RIM co-founder Jim Balsillie, and a general exodus of executives from the company, the financial blog Benzinga is reporting that “Microsoft is prepared to make a $3.5 billion investment in Research in Motion, according to sources.”

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Dropping the penny was just the beginning as the Canadian Mint seeks digital future

With the penny gone and the triumph of plastic over paper bills only months away, the research and development department of the Royal Canadian Mint has proposed going one step further: the death of hard currency altogether.

Last week, the Mint announced the release of MintChip, a completely digital currency. “Money, as we know it, is fine for today, but tomorrow is a different story,” says an introductory MintChip video. “MintChip is better than cash, since you can use it online.”

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Solana Networks Signs OEM Agreement with Lumeta Corporation

Advanced network discovery and monitoring technology addresses element of change in cybersecurity situational awareness efforts.

ON, CANADA — Solana Networks, a leading provider of Route Analytics and LAN discovery products, today announced that it has entered into an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) agreement with Lumeta, a provider of network discovery and visibility solutions. Lumeta® will integrate technologies from Solana Network’s SmartHawk product line into the Lumeta IPsonar® product suite.

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CRTC green lights usage-based internet billing

CANADA — Metered internet usage is on the way, with the CRTC handing down its final decision on how wholesale customers can be billed by large network owners.

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Only 40 percent of Canada doctors connected with EHR, report

CANADA — That’s what two of Canada’s leading health organizations are saying is the prescription for fixing the country’s poor history of introducing electronic health records (EHR). The Health Council of Canada – a nonprofit watchdog agency – released a report that warns that the lack of an integrated EHR is leading family physicians to order unnecessary medications and diagnostic tests.

Read more on SC Magazine dated October 12, 2010, here.

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