BioPort 2016 speaker David Mosher of RelayHealth receives significant funding for MyHealthNS Portal

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HALIFAX — A new online portal that will deliver medical test results to Nova Scotians via smartphones is the kind of innovation that’s long overdue in Canadian health care, says the federal health minister.

Jane Philpott was in Halifax on Thursday for the launch of the MyHealthNS portal, which has been tested for the past three years in a pilot project involving 30 family doctors and 6,000 patients.

Philpott, who worked as a family doctor, said using technology to create a single patient record is part of improving overall primary care.

“This is exactly the kind of innovation that we need to see more of. This is an important step along the way and Nova Scotia is clearly at the cutting edge on this.”

Philpott said when it comes to “people-centred” services and technologies, she sees banks and credit card companies leading the way.

“I look at the kinds of cloud technology that’s being used all over the world,” she said. “Health care is way behind folks, you and I know it and we’ve got to catch up.”

The cost of Nova Scotia’s new system is $13.3 million over the three-year implementation period, with $10 million from the federal government and $3.3 million from the province.

The initial rollout will serve the Halifax, South Shore and West Hants areas with plans to expand the system provincewide beginning early next year — making Nova Scotia the first in Canada to do so.

The MyHealthNS system is being implemented through McKesson Canada’s RelayHealth.

David Mosher, the company’s program director, said the secure portal can be reached through any device that has Internet access. He said patients would see a dashboard divided into sections for health records, messaging doctors, and for downloading data.

“A patient can just click on ‘add’ and put in data themselves, but the important thing is that it also lists where the source came from,” said Mosher. “When a clinician is looking at this information later they can see whether it came from a patient or one of their colleagues.”

Nova Scotia’s Health Department says the system will allow patients to manage their own health information to the point of saving some visits to health clinics in order to get some test results.

Provincial Health Minister Leo Glavine said results of the pilot project indicated that through the course of a year, physicians had 22 per cent more time to see other patients.

Dr. Stewart Cameron, a Halifax physician who took part in the pilot, said using the electronic system is about making practices more efficient.

“We have a lot of things that family doctors waste time on when they would much prefer to be engaged in patient care,” Cameron said. “I see it as making better use of our existing resources.”

Richmond Campbell, a patient of Cameron’s, said he has a condition that means his blood has been tested every month for the past 10-years.

Campbell said using the portal saved him trips to the doctor’s office to get information he can now get in a quicker, more convenient way.

“It simplifies everything greatly and of course it gets me really involved in managing my health,” he said.

Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press

Save the Date for BioPort Atlantic! Oct. 25-26th, 2016

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BioPort Atlantic 2016 is set for October 25-26th, 2016, at Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. This year’s theme is Innovate. Inspire. Invest. BioPort Atlantic is the premier annual life sciences industry event in Atlantic Canada now in its 14th year which features:

  • Networking and Learning
  • Access to Opportunities and Investors
  • A Showcase for Atlantic Canadian Life Sciences Excellence

Hosted by BioNova, BioPort Atlantic connects people to companies in all stages of development, from innovative start-ups to established companies.

“From our outstanding speakers, to our dynamic panel discussions, BioPort Atlantic continues to attract the who’s who in our industry. The conference is designed to help businesses make connections and overcome their challenges, ultimately growing our sector, one company at a time.”

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Semi-Finalists Chosen for BioInnovation Challenge

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Semi-Finalists Chosen for BioInnovation Challenge

Halifax, NS – August 29, 2016

The semi-finalists have been chosen for the 2016 edition of The BioInnovation Challenge (BIC).

Scott Moffitt, Managing Director of BioNova, the host of BIC, announced today that a selection committee has chosen the semi-finalists who will take part in the program. The semi-finalists will receive professional pitch training between now and the semi-final run off, which will be held in Halifax on October 25.

BioNova has once again partnered with BioNB and PEI BioAlliance, its sister organizations in NB and PEI, to allow up and coming life sciences companies from all three Maritime Provinces to compete in the challenge.

“We’re very excited about this year’s BioInnovation Challenge,” said Moffitt. “We have semi-finalists from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island which shows just how much life sciences innovation is happening around the Maritime Provinces.”

Moffitt also notes that, “we are continuing to see exciting, new innovation as the BioInnovation Challenge evolves to offer more and more support for early stage companies.”

The semi-finalists are:

  • Novagreen East from Nova Scotia
  • RPS Biologiques Inc. from Prince Edward Island
  • Chinova Bioworks from New Brunswick
  • MacKenzie Health Care Technologies Ltd. from Nova Scotia
  • Biopharm Nexus from New Brunswick
  • NovaResp Technologies.from Nova Scotia
  • SomaDetect from New Brunswick

The winner of the BioInnovation Challenge will receive a $15,000 seed investment and a package of support services and mentoring valued at more than $30,000. For the first time since its inception in 2011 the second and third place finalists will also receive in-kind services valued at over $5,000.

The 2016 BIC is presented by BioNova in partnership with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, BioNB, PEI BioAlliance, Dalhousie University Office of Industry Liaison and Innovation, Springboard Atlantic, Cox & Palmer, Jennifer Cameron PR, JLT, PwC, Sandler Training and Grant Thornton.

BIC will take place over two days in October. The 7 semi-finalists will present to a panel of judges on October 25 at the Life Sciences Research Institute. The top three presenters will then pitch to the judges and the conference audience at BioPort Atlantic, BioNova’s annual conference, the following morning.  The winner will be announced at the close of BioPort Atlantic on the afternoon of October 26.

BioPort Atlantic will take place at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel on October 25 and 26. BioPort provides a forum to educate, inform and inspire the life sciences community to develop their ideas, commercialize their technologies and build links within the region and with guests brought in from the US and from around the world.

About BioNova:

BioNova is the industry association leading the advancement of the life sciences sector in Nova Scotia. BioNova leads and supports its members as we build a successful, self-sustaining life sciences industry in Nova Scotia. By promoting the industry and its successes, building relationships both inside and outside the province and creating networking and educational opportunities. BioNova aims to accelerate the commercialization success of Nova Scotia’s life sciences businesses and organizations.