ITAC Online


On The Side
In Italics

Therapeutic ICT

A couple of years ago, my family had an encounter with 'big medicine'… transplant medicine to be precise. It was a challenging experience for all of us, but fortunately, one with a happy ending. It brought us face-to-face with just how rapid the progress of medical science and technology is; the procedure that pre-occupied us was't even a possibility 10 years ago.

Read more

Contact Us

To submit articles/news items/comments or to subscribe/unsubscribe please send an email to Lynda Leonard at

Jay Mercer, Ottawa family physician and CMA representativeJay Mercer, Ottawa family physician and CMA representative

ICT's Community-Eye View on H1N1

Amidst the considerable, and constant, media buzz about the H1N1 flu pandemic, one story that has gone unreported is the fact that a number of key players in Canadian health care—including health ICT vendors, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and the Public Health Agency of Canada—are testing a surveillance system that will form an important part of an electronic medical record (EMR). To get the full story, we talked to Dr. Jay Mercer, an Ottawa family physician and the CMA’s representative on the project.

Gary Folker, Managing Director, Business Development of xwave HealthcareGary Folker, Managing Director, Business Development of xwave Healthcare

ITAC Health Diagnoses Software Licensing

As part of the evolution toward a national electronic medical record (EMR), patient-management software is now considered a medical device and therefore is subject to compulsory licensing. As a result, on August 31, 2009, Health Canada notified vendors of an imminent transition to two classes of licence.

Michael Green, President and CEO, Agfa HealthCare Inc., North America RegionMichael Green, President and CEO, Agfa HealthCare Inc., North America Region

Board Member Profile: Meet Michael Green

As President and CEO of Agfa HealthCare Inc., North America Region, Michael Green helps steer a company that has been a pioneer in health care ICT since the early 1990s. A member of the Belgium-based Agfa-Gevaert Group, Agfa HealthCare is a leading provider of IT-enabled clinical workflow and diagnostic image management solutions, as well as systems for capturing and processing images in hospitals and health care facilities. The company operates in more than 100 countries. In addition, Green is currently serving as Chair of ITAC Health, Canada’s only health ICT vendor association.