Articles By Scott Foster

Loblaw Pharmacies move drug claims to central IP

An agreement with BCE Emergis will allow Loblaw Pharmacies’ 400 outlets to process all drug claims over a central IP network. The agreement expands BCE’s transport and switching services of drug claims to

Published on: March 4th, 2004 Scott Foster

Tax software firm turns to Magma as crunch time looms

In the run-up to tax season, one of Canada’s tax software pioneers has chosen to contract out its Internet, Web and network-managed services while betting on an increase in demand for its products.

Published on: March 1st, 2004 Scott Foster

B.C. ministry mulls use of GPS to fight forest fires

For remote firefighters that find themselves in the centre of towering infernos, a certain global-positioning device could be a lifesaver. The same device could also improve the overall management of wildfires, keeping vulnerable

Published on: March 1st, 2004 Scott Foster

Laid-off IT workers struggle for fresh start

Louis Barsony anxiously waited by the door as several hundred unemployed high-tech workers filed into one of Ottawa’s west-side auditoriums Tuesday. ""I’ve been planning this event for so long,"" said the network systems

Published on: February 25th, 2004 Scott Foster

Quebec hospital explores use of wireless in health care

The Centre hopitalier universitaire de Quebec (CHUQ) is testing a wireless system that will eventually enable the facility’s 9,000 staff to work from mobile handhelds and tablet PCs. ""We’re trying to give medical

Published on: February 24th, 2004 Scott Foster

Can wireless reduce medical mistakes?

If implemented correctly, wireless technology could prevent the thousands of accidental deaths that occur each year in North American hospitals, a Montreal researcher said Wednesday.Between 44,000 to 98,000 American patients die each year

Published on: February 18th, 2004 Scott Foster

Industry on hold for CRTC VoIP decision

Recent decisions in the U.S. regarding the regulation of voice over Internet protocol have renewed urgent calls from Canadian industry for Ottawa to get its act together. Also fueling the fire on this

Published on: February 17th, 2004 Scott Foster

PIPEDA author takes government to task

For the last 10 years, countless cases of identity theft have sprung up across North America because industry standards for customer privacy protection have been "inadequate," said a co-author of Ottawa’s electronic privacy

Published on: February 11th, 2004 Scott Foster

Do you know where your VoIP user is?

Providers of 911 solutions are holding their breath as industry and government bodies square off over how to regulate the transmission of voice over the Internet."There’s a great tug of war going on,"

Published on: February 9th, 2004 Scott Foster

Agriculture group puts safe food tracking on the menu

In the wake of a North American mad-cow scare and the ongoing avian flu outbreak in Asia, Canadian stakeholders are busily brainstorming ways to implement a national tracking and tracing solution to ensure

Published on: February 6th, 2004 Scott Foster

Quebec police academy taps ZAQ for e-learning

An e-learning partnership with Québec’s police academy will act as a springboard for ZAQ Inc.’s foray into the security arena, according to the company’s chief executive.The Montreal-based provider of Internet-based software solutions recently

Published on: February 5th, 2004 Scott Foster

PDAs assist doctors treating kids with abdominal pain

Can Palm Pilots influence the decisions of emergency doctors? This question is now on its way to being answered as Ottawa researchers prepare to enter a pivotal stage in a study involving handheld

Published on: February 4th, 2004 Scott Foster

Make online resources accessible to disabled users as well: Experts

OTTAWA -- Organizations that fail to make their Web sites accessible to Canada's disabled population could be forgoing a large portion of their potential market share and risk breaching the Charter of Rights

Published on: February 4th, 2004 Scott Foster

Clinical researchers stuck with 1980s technology: expert

OTTAWA -- Outdated IT equipment in many Canadian hospitals is hampering the adoption of electronic research tools that could otherwise save hundreds of millions in annual R&D costs, Ottawa IT experts said Wednesday.Software

Published on: January 21st, 2004 Scott Foster

Ottawa school board forges long-term IT partnership

Telecom Ottawa and the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) say a partnership between the two organizations will bridge the digital divide between rural and urban schools while keeping IT costs at bay. The

Published on: January 19th, 2004 Scott Foster