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Re: Infoway blueprint sets patient records straight (Aug. 1)

Regarding the reference to consultation of over 300 experts to lay the foundation for EHR, I suspect Infoway contacted

… what? Perhaps 270 everyday Canadian individuals — lay people — and perhaps 30 front line practitioners, the majority of which were nurses?

This would mean that they investigated the needs of the essential participants in every underpinning health business transaction.

I suspect that 85 per cent of health system data is generated by the service event between everyday Canadians and health practitioners.

Thus, in consulting these participants they would be certain to have covered the activity driver for Canada’s health business reflected by the aggregate of EHR’s.

If these consultations were only of ancillary support staff, which includes consultants, how can they reassure us their business model is relevant to our needs in health care?

Thanks for your sharp-eyed writing on this and other issues. is to be congratulated for picking up on emerging trends and issues, many critical to the everyday quality of life of Canadians.

Mike Klein

Re: Forestry analysts log terabytes of data (July 31)

This information is only of value should CFS (before it is dissolved into provincial jurisdictions) provide necessary data to the forest products sector and other value-added users of the resources. This is an excellent tool to improve silviculture effectiveness, giving Canadians a competitive advantage in one of our benchmark sectors. Let us not see another case of bureaucratic incompetence and information hoarding further erode the comparative advantages this sector holds for Canada in the global community.

Ian E. Bush, President
Bush and Associates Consulting

Re: Forestry analysts log terabytes of data (July 31)

I read your story. However, what was obviously missing from it was the economic side of things. What exactly will this study do for the public and at what cost? Then, what was said would have been much more meaningful and not just advertising for high density storage companies and broadband data networks.

David Hrechuk
Senior S&C Technician
CP Railway Co.

Re: Flash mob hit (July 31)

Wow, that was a strange one. I always appreciate your editorials as they are often informative and/or amusing.

Perhaps the entire human existence is a “”flash mob”” on a grander scale.

Keep up the good work.

Ian Davis

Re: SCO’s war on Linux: Should you be scared? (July 24)

The bottom line: The SCO attempt to obtain money through IP claims is just the most visible one of an iceberg of similar claims that we will see over the next year. I suspect that we will see a large number of non-viable, sinking, companies — many of which never had a proper business plan and simply leveraged the “”Internet Bubble”” – that will desperately attempt to use their legitimate (or claimed) intellectual property as a final life jacket.

In the mean time, one company which could benefit from SCO’s campaign is Microsoft. They have openly admitted that Linux is a business threat and will likely be happy to leverage any possible FUD [Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt]. Given that Microsoft has their own operating system and they can obtain copies of appropriate Unix run-times at very reasonable fees for evaluation and competitive testing, one must wonder why they needed to license the Unix sources and whether there is a purpose to the timing of their licence agreement. Deep-end speculation, for conspiracy theorists — how much did Microsoft pay, especially in comparison to IBM’s fee?

Interesting article — thanks

Hans Forbrich

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