It says people can bank online, access their personal information from anywhere and get customized services -- and so should patients.
It points out that patients are already using digital tools to manage their health and should have a bigger say in how they're treated.
The report is from the
A report says organ donations from deceased Canadian donors have risen 17 per cent in the 10 years leading up to 2012.
Still, the total number of deceased donors in the country in 2012 was 540 -- a small number given the large need for donated organs.
While there were two-thousand-225 transplant procedures performed in 2012, virtually double that number of people remained on the waiting list.
The report, from the
Transplant medicine could be on the cusp of a new way to accomplish a critical task -- efficiently getting the organ from the donor and into the recipient.
An experiment in the U-S Midwest suggests bringing the donors to the doctors is better than the decades-old method of surgeons travelling to far-off hospitals and rushing back to transplant harvested organs.
A study on liver transplants suggests the centralization saves money and that the livers spend less time outside the donor's body, which in theory improves the odds of success.
Transplant experts say this could become a new standard, and groups in several areas are exploring it. (
Another 200 have expressed interest in joining the program, but the goal was 500.
The system is run by a subsidiary of the medical society called Velante.
Doctors have until the end of March to sign up and receive government funding to offset the costs. (
There's another sign that childhood obesity may be on the decline in
A government study finds that obesity among children ages two to five has dropped to eight per cent from 14 per cent a decade ago.
But the decline was only seen in pre-schoolers, not in older children.
Health officials have been hoping for more substantial evidence that they've turned a corner in the fight against childhood obesity. (
No more cola and candy ads in American schools.
The government, releasing new guidelines on school wellness policies, says its Smart Snacks in School standards would eliminate marketing for sugar snacks and beverages.
School scoreboards, vending machines, cups, posters and menu boards could all be subject to the new rules.
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