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Re: University Health Network decries decentralized IT (June 22)

I wanted to make you aware of some Northern Ontario initiatives that have implemented centralized solutions, and NOT


NEON, the North Eastern Ontario Network, was developed prior to the Nova Scotia and Alberta Meditech Models, since 1999. It originated through Y2K needs, where large and small Northern Ontario Hospitals agreed to build and share one common patient information system.

Interestingly enough, the interest to join NEON continues to grow in Northern Ontario, but no one seems interested to fund these hospitals. It’s a logical first step to start with a successful northern Ontario model, but no one in the North seems to understand is making this mandatory.

This is a PACS solution, which will shortly expand over 15 hospitals in Northern Ontario, using AGFA PACS technologies.

Considering all of the above work is “”voluntary”” and not mandated by any ministry, with a single goal to improve care in North Eastern Ontario, I felt your article was missing some facts from northern Ontario.

Gaston Roy
Director, Information Technology
Hôpital régional de Sudbury Regional Hospital

Re: Supreme Court shields ISPs from downloading tariffs June 30

I am sick and tired of the greed shown by the music industry, the film industry and the various artist groups. We pay a tariff on every single piece of recordable media, tapes, disks, CD’s etc., whether we use them to record multi media material or just use them for data storage. Isn’t this enough, for crying out loud? Are they not satisfied until they get the very last drop of blood? They are worse than a cloud of mosquitoes.

Someone should tell them that whatever revenue is generated from the recordable media is all they are going to get and not a penny more. If they don’t like it they can pack their bags and go home. I am so sick of such greed. There are millions of blank CD’s, tapes (VCR, Audio, and Data), and diskettes sold on a daily basis, each of which generates a tariff. That should be enough since not even half of this media is even used to record music, video et al. I think it’s time that these groups get told off. We in Canada have set up a means to provide for them and we should let them live within those means.

Peter Zoeller

Re: University of Ottawa sends faxes to Web (July7)

They could have started using years ago. They can even get free telephone numbers there.

Tony Simon

Re: Microsoft adds to its security arsenal (July 14)

We believe the organizations should do what they are best at. When consumers or businesses see this in an organization, they will veer towards that company with trust.

Doing what you are good at, investing capital into research and development to improve upon it, will ultimately prove those organizations trustworthy and will be respected.

Mike Higgs

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