Canadians Want an Electronic Health Record - Let's Give it to Them

    Wireless Industry Pioneer Calls on Federal Government to Take Action

    TORONTO, Nov. 20 /CNW/ - Michael Kedar, the champion of the wireless,
secure health information network, recently profiled by André Picard in the
Globe & Mail, today called on the federal government to act on the results of
a recent poll on e-health. The poll (conducted for the Canada Health Infoway
agency) shows that Canadians overwhelmingly favour an electronic health
    "Canadians know that electronic health patient records provide the best
opportunity to improve our health care system and to focus it directly on the
patient," Kedar noted. "It's time then to fulfill the promise of e-health and
reserve part of Canada's valuable cellular wireless spectrum to create a
secure network for electronic health patient records to move along."
    Mr. Kedar, a pioneer of the Canadian wireless telecommunications
industry, has been advocating for the creation of the Secure Wireless Health
Network (SWHN), which would form the backbone of a pan-Canadian e-health
system. It would enable health care providers to access a patient's health
records anywhere. Imagine a 911 call in the middle of the night, police and
ambulance arrive at the patient's home to find him unconscious! The wireless
911 system is sophisticated enough to locate the patient, and the police
wireless computer has ample information about him or her. But the paramedic,
who is now confronting the emergency, has no health records or any information
on the patient, not even his blood type. "Having a patient's full medical
records right at the point of care means faster decisions, better care choices
and ultimately the difference between life and death," Kedar commented.
    "With Canadians so strongly supportive of electronic health records, it's
time for the federal government to act and to reserve part of Canada's
valuable wireless spectrum for essential health purposes," Kedar said. The
federal government is planning to auction more cellular wireless spectrum in
the near future. Kedar argues that the government should set aside part of
this spectrum to enable the construction of a Canada-wide secure wireless
health network based on military grade security and privacy.

For further information:

For further information: Mr. Michael Kedar, (416) 485-7690

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