All posts by Ken Stevens

VP Healthcare, Intelliware Development; ITAC Health Board of Directors and ITAC Health Co-Chair of the Interoperability and Standards Committee (ISC)

Opportunities for Blockchain in Canadian Healthcare

It feels like we’re approaching peak Blockchain hype. Blockchain talks at conferences are standing room only. Venture investment in blockchain start-ups is on track to exceed $1B this year, 50% higher than last year and double the 2016 number. Most of this funding is going towards cryptocurrency initiatives, but crypto-fever is overflowing into other industries … Continue reading Opportunities for Blockchain in Canadian Healthcare

Ontario Health Innovation – Sorry, but you can’t get there without interoperability.

There’s been a lot of talk in Ontario recently about what the province can do to jumpstart “innovation” in healthcare. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is touting a “Patients First” initiative that includes a plan to modernize digital health by giving patients better access to their personal information, allowing them to become more … Continue reading Ontario Health Innovation – Sorry, but you can’t get there without interoperability.

Hospital Information Systems: Ripe for Disruption

The Hospital Information System (HIS) market is ripe for disruption. One HIS project in Toronto was recently estimated at $600M. Another HIS implementation in Vancouver recently cost $850M. That is not the cost to build completely new software systems. That is the cost to license and install already built software, configure it, and train staff … Continue reading Hospital Information Systems: Ripe for Disruption