Telus buys electronic medical record provider KinLogix
TELUS has completed acquisition of KinLogix, Quebec’s fastest-growing cloud-based electronic medical record provider.
Paul Lepage, Senior Vice-President, TELUS Health said, “By acquiring KinLogix, TELUS is delivering on its national strategy which will further the adoption of EMRs, an essential building block to an efficient healthcare system in Canada.”
Mr. Lepage also said, “Combined with TELUS’ expertise and technology, the KinLogix EMR has the ability to share information electronically between physicians and patients, ultimately facilitating enhancement of care delivery and improvement of healthcare efficiency, thereby positively affecting the lives of Canadians.”
With this acquisition, TELUS Health has strengthened its position in the EMR market. It will now be able to further accelerate the adoption of EMR Solutions.
It has given the health authorities, providers, physicians, patients and consumers the power to turn information into better health outcomes.
The financial terms of the deal with KinLogix were not divulged.
Dr. Michael Hebert, Medical Director, TELUS Health said, “We’ve worked very hard to grow a community of doctors who use EMRs not only to improve efficiencies but also to positively impact patient care.” Dr. Michael also said, “In aligning under TELUS, we’ll be able to better answer physicians’ needs and continue to develop innovative solutions, allowing for additional collaborations across the continuum of care.”
KinLogix provides a cloud-based system to capture, organize and display patient data in one record.
Dexcom: changing the lives of people with type 1 diabetes
It is estimated that 9.3% of adults around the world are living with type 1 diabetes, which amounts to a total of 463 million people. A further 1.1 million children and adolescents under the age of 20 are living with the condition.
Unlike the more prevalent type 2 diabetes, where the body still produces insulin and symptoms develop slowly, people with type 1 diabetes need regular insulin injections or pumps, and must monitor their sugar levels frequently.
In recent years a number of remote glucose monitoring systems have become available that patients can use at home. These work with a sensor, usually placed under the skin, that measures glucose levels every few minutes. This information is then transmitted wirelessly to a device like a smartphone or tablet, which can then be shared with their clinician.
British actress Nina Wadia's son Aidan, 14, has type 1 diabetes, and has been managing his condition using Dexcom, a glucose monitoring system used by patients all over the world. Here Wadia explains how Dexcom has improved their lives.
As a parent of someone with type 1 diabetes, what is your day-to-day life like?
Being able to take a breath, think and pivot constantly without getting frustrated becomes an essential mindset because sometimes it feels like each day is determined to be different from the day before. Whatever worked yesterday is going to misfire today.
Which areas of yours and Aidan’s life are most impacted by diabetes?
The one thing that you have to fight hard to reclaim is spontaneity, especially when it comes to food and exercise. It’s only when this is taken do you realise how essential each one is. You can be flexible and there are no real limits, but only in the sense that a great athlete can be flexible without limits because they’ve trained super hard to be that way. So we’ve all had to become athletes when it comes to being spontaneous.
How has Dexcom helped you and Aidan?
Dexcom has brought future science fiction to real life today. The continuous glucose monitoring system is tiny, sits discreetly on his body and gives him a ten-day breather between sensor changes, so it's goodbye finger-pricking seven times daily.
Dexcom is totally active at a grass roots level and for Diabetes Awareness has pledged to donate £2,000 if #DexcomDiabetesStories and/or #DexcomWarriorStories is shared 200 times! I’ll be sharing more on social media and would love to hear how other families are winning their fights.
Maybe most importantly Dexcom is trying to introduce a reimbursement programme for type 1 diabetes patients which will give greater access to modern, life changing hi-tech. I want to spread the word on the importance of accessing it through this campaign.
If you compared your life today with how it was before Aidan was using Dexcom, what has changed?
It's always working, which lets him take his mind off diabetes for longer stretches. It also lets me get off his back. We both receive alerts so I no longer have to pester him by asking him what his number is, and especially importantly, I don’t have to wake him at night to prick his finger if I’m worried. Dexcom gave us back our sleep!