healthcare

CMA adopts patient focus

The Canadian Medical Association’s new three-year strategy, CMA 2020, aims to make the organization more outward-facing and patient-focused.

The changes came after a period of soul-searching on what the purpose of the CMA was, and how it could best serve its members and the public, said Dr. Brian Brodie, chairman of the board of directors. “We recognize that there are a lot of associations doctors belong to, and why would they pay to belong to different ones that do the same thing?” he said. “So it was important to look for opportunities for us to do something different.” Read more in CMAJ.

Maternal health enters the information age in Peru

How the Wawared project is using technology to collect and share health data that will improve the lives of women and, perhaps eventually, everyone in the nation.

In much of the developing world, women suffer higher rates of maternal mortality and morbidity than necessary — most of the causes of ill health that lead to sickness or the death of mothers and infants are preventable. The rates are even more disproportionately high among poor and Indigenous communities.

“One of the major issues is that health-care providers and the women themselves aren’t armed with accurate, timely, trusted information to make the best decisions on care,” says Chaitali Sinha, a senior program officer with the International Development Research Centre, which supports a project called WawaredRead more in Canadian Geographic.

Stronger rules needed for medical device cybersecurity

Experts say that health systems in the USA and other countries are not prepared for cybersecurity threats and existing and draft regulations are weak.

The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) latest draft guidelines for post-market management of cybersecurity risks in medical devices are a good start, but need to be given greater force to ensure the health-care sector starts taking cybersecurity more seriously, according to cybersecurity experts. Read more in The Lancet.