Ottawa Marriott Closes Merlot Rooftop Grill, Opens Summit Event Facility

Ottawa Marriott Closes Merlot Rooftop Grill, Opens Summit Event Facility











Summit

Ottawa, Ontario (Vocus) September 29, 2010

When one door closes, another one opens. Merlot Rooftop Grill, Ottawa Marriott Hotel’s renowned special-occasions restaurant will be closing its doors on Sunday, October 31st, after 38 successful years in business. The popular revolving restaurant opened in 1972 as La Ronde, when the hotel was previously a Holiday Inn. Offering stunning views of Ottawa and the Gatineau Hills, Merlot sells out annually on New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day and Canada Day.

The Ottawa Marriott is now pleased to announce the opening of Summit, a new Ottawa event facility. Summit, opening Monday, November 1st, will be the Ottawa event venue of choice for upscale, prestigious events hosting between 10 – 300 guests. As Ottawa’s only revolving banquet facility, Summit will offer spectacular views of downtown Ottawa (including Parliament Hill and Ottawa River) and the Outaouais. Due to the unique circular shape and layout of the room, several improvements will be made to enhance the room’s adaptability for various event types. First, modern and multi-functional dividers and blinds will play a dominant role in the overall décor. Second, multi-use LCD TV screens and cameras can be utilized to provide guests with a sightline to all areas of the room.

Summit will be suitable for non-traditional Ottawa weddings, private dinners, holiday parties, corporate launch events, high-profile government receptions, media lunches and press conferences. Guests can expect unforgettable events with unique culinary creations, superior service and spectacular views. For more information about booking your next Ottawa meeting or special event, call Marco Borsato, Director of Catering Sales, at (613) 783-4243 or visit http://www.ottawamarriott.com.

About Ottawa Marriott:

Welcome to the Ottawa Marriott Hotel in downtown Ottawa, a short stroll from Canada’s Parliament Buildings, the Rideau Canal, the Ottawa Congress Centre and the National Gallery of Canada. Whether you’re visiting Ottawa on business or pleasure, you’ll appreciate our free WiFi in public areas. Stay in one of our 480 comfortable and luxurious guestrooms with 37″ LCD TVs, the REVIVE® bed and WiFi ($ ) or try our newly enhanced Concierge-level guestrooms with contemporary decor and access to our private lounge. Experience Spin Kitchen + Bar, our new day/night bar and restaurant featuring comfort food and your favourite North American fare. Plan a corporate or social function in our 32,000 sq. ft of meeting space including Summit, Ottawa’s only revolving event space. Relax and unwind with our indoor pool, sauna, and exercise facilities featuring treadmills, bikes and ellipticals with personal viewing stations. Please children of all ages in our KIDS’ Zone with activity centre, video games, pool table, and indoor mini-putt. Grab a Starbucks® coffee to go and begin your Capital adventure from the Ottawa Marriott.

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vRad CTO, Rick Jennings, to Participate on mHealth Panel at iHT2 Health IT Summit in Seattle

vRad CTO, Rick Jennings, to Participate on mHealth Panel at iHT2 Health IT Summit in Seattle












New York, NY (PRWEB) August 05, 2011

The Institute for Health Technology Transformation announced today that vRad Chief Technology Officer, Rick Jennings, will participate and speak on the “Accelerating the Adoption of mHealth: Strategies and Sustainable Business Models” panel at the iHT2 Health IT Summit in Seattle, taking place August 15-16, 2011.

The panel will discuss existing and forward thinking mHealth applications that are being used by healthcare providers today. Jennings has led the development of vRad’s technology platform and its mobile health application, which delivers real-time radiology results to physicians at the point of care.

Also participating on the panel are Gary Baldwin, Editorial Director, Health Data Management; Joseph Tracy, VP, Telehealth Services, Lehigh Valley Health Services; Orlando Portale, Chief Information Officer, Palomar Pomerado Health; Benjamin Kanter, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer, Palomar Pomerado Health; and Nick van Terheyden, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer, Nuance Communications.

“We are excited to share how radiology practices are embracing mHealth and cloud solutions to enhance the delivery of patient care,” explained Rick Jennings, Chief Technology Officer of vRad. “These solutions are truly transformative, giving physicians immediate access to important patient information to speed accurate diagnosis and treatment.”

vRad will be joining over 200 CIOs, VPs, and Directors of IT from hospitals, health systems, and larger physician practices at the iHT2 Health IT Summit in Seattle. Attendees will network and discuss the latest trends and challenges in health IT. Topics to be discussed will include: Telehealth, mHealth, Meaningful Use, Privacy & Security, Interoperability, Health Information Exchange, Cloud Computing, and more.

Sponsors and Partners for the 2011 iHT2 Health IT Summit in Seattle include: Absolute Software, Apixio, Catalyst Solutions, Carematix, Comcast, Drager, ICA, Intel, MMR Global, Nuance, Raffetto Herman Strategic Communications, Rubbermaid Healthcare, Sago Networks, Vidyo, VoCare, vRad, AMDIS, CMIO, Continua Health Alliance, eHealth SmartBrief, Executive Insight, Frost & Sullivan, Healthcare IT News, HIMSS Washington State Chapter, IDC Health Insights, MarketsandMarkets, ReportsandReports, Mobile Healthcare Today, and SearchHealthIT.com.

About vRad

Virtual Radiologic (vRad) is a technology-enabled national radiology practice working in partnership with local radiologists and hospitals to optimize radiology’s pivotal role in patient care. vRad’s more than 350 radiologists serve 2,700+ facilities, reading 7 million studies annually. Delivering access to extensive subspecialty coverage, vRad contributes to improved quality of patient care. And with its next-generation technology, vRad enhances productivity, helping to lower the overall cost of care while expediting time to accurate diagnosis and treatment. For more information, visit http://www.vrad.com. For real-time updates, follow us on Twitter (@vRad), or “like” us on Facebook.

About Institute for Health Technology Transformation:

The Institute for Health Technology Transformation is the leading organization committed to bringing together private and public sector leaders fostering the growth and effective use of technology across the healthcare industry. Through collaborative efforts the Institute provides programs that drive innovation, educate, and provide a critical understanding of how technology applications, solutions and devices can improve the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare. http://www.ihealthtran.com

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Drug Reaction and Patient Safety to be Focus of Upcoming ?WARM? Summit, Workshop on Adverse Response Monitoring

Drug Reaction and Patient Safety to be Focus of Upcoming ‘WARM’ Summit, Workshop on Adverse Response Monitoring











Ottawa (PRWEB) February 19, 2008

The WARM Summit, a Canadian-led, international initiative to improve patient safety, is taking place in Ottawa on February 21 – 22, 2008. With the focus on health risks from taking prescribed medications, the workshop will bring together experts from medicine, science, engineering, business and government to find objective methods of measuring patient responses to medications and to develop standards for adverse response measurement and analysis. The panel will produce a report and recommendations to improve patient safety and to help optimize the efficacy of medication.

Organized by the Ottawa Section of IEEE, the workshop will feature representatives from Ottawa Heart Institute, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratories, the University of Toronto, and European Federation of Medical Informatics, and delegates from Health Canada, among others. In addition, the workshop is sponsored by the healthcare divisions of IBM and TELUS, along with Emergis (a TELUS company focused on health information management).

“Engineering shares with medicine a commitment to improve quality of life while putting safety first, and that’s why the IEEE is organizing this workshop. On this common ground, we will seek to work out the differences and identify the cross-cutting technologies that can bridge the gap between physical and physiological safety systems,” said Dr. Wahab Almuhtadi, IEEE Ottawa Section Chair.

Drug adverse responses need better standards for monitoring and reporting:

“Despite the well-known risks associated with using prescription drugs, medication errors and adverse reactions are still poorly understood and recorded. Given these risks, we need to develop objective methods for monitoring an individual’s response to treatment,” said George Mihalas, President of the European Federation of Medical Informatics.

Although in Canada (outside of Quebec), between 2006 – 2007, there were over 45,000 adverse reactions to medication reported – or approximately 22 of every 1000 people were hospitalized due to drug reactions – there is still no standardized method to monitor and report these reactions.

Most medications today are administered by patients at home, without supervision, and in the absence of systems to manage and track adverse drug responses. Many patients experience complications from prescribed drugs – often severe – adding to the challenges of managing chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes.

“Is this treatment working for me? That is the question in health care. Without a precise answer to this question, knowing what’s going on with a patient imposes unbearable costs of cognition, communication, coordination, and capability. Personal health monitoring systems are needed to help answer this question efficiently and therefore enable the provision of safe, high-quality care for all,” said Dr. Radu Leca, President of Biosign Technologies Inc.

A demonstration of how technology can help:

As part of the WARM Summit, technologies to be demonstrated include a telematic health information system for monitoring responses to frequently prescribed drugs. The system, developed by Biosign, leverages established technologies to assess a patient’s response to treatment and the need to adjust treatment accordingly. Its networking and communication facilities are being tested on TELUS and IBM platforms.

“IBM supports and applauds this initiative, which addresses challenging questions in the quest for high-quality healthcare. Ensuring that people are not harmed by medication is not an option, but the first condition of quality care. That’s why we are working closely with TELUS and Biosign to offer a prescription for action,” said Sal Causi, IBM Healthcare’s Business Development Executive.

“TELUS is pleased to support this IEEE workshop’s goal of improving patient safety through the use of technology. This is an extension of our ongoing collaboration with IBM and Biosign. The strategy to commoditize self care and remote monitoring is critical as we move toward next-generation healthcare,” said Ibrahim Gedeon, TELUS’ Chief Technology Officer.

The WARM Summit will take place at Nepean Centrepointe, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario Canada. The Summit begins at 8:00am EST on Thursday February 21st and runs until 6:30pm EST on February 22nd.

More information is available at http://ottawa.ieee.ca/ims/warm2008/index.htm


FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES ONLY OR FOR MEDIA TO ATTEND:

Kathryn Schwab

PRceptive Communications Inc.

Phone: (613) 858-4407

Email: kschwab@prceptive.com

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National eHealth Innovation Series with Health 2.0, to Kick Off with the New England Summit on October 27th at MA Medical Society

National eHealth Innovation Series with Health 2.0, to Kick Off with the New England Summit on October 27th at MA Medical Society











eHealth Innovation Summit


(PRWEB) August 19, 2011

The National eHealth Innovation Series is excited to announce its inaugural event, New England Summit, will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at the Conference Center at Waltham Woods (http://www.conferencecenteratwalthamwoods.com), part of the state-of-the-art headquarters of the Massachusetts Medical Society.  Event organizer ARRAHealth is also thrilled to announce that Health 2.0, a leader in health innovation conferences, media, and technology is joining the event as the lead co-sponsor.

“With a world class Advisory Board, venue and partners like Health 2.0, the New England Summit is poised for great success,” said Mark Stevens, CEO of ARRAHealth.  Jean Luc Neptune, Senior Vice President of Health 2.0 agreed, saying “Health 2.0 is excited to participate in and support this first of its kind joint effort to accelerate eHealth innovation and adoption nationwide.” Health 2.0 recently received a multi-million contract from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to conduct health IT innovation competitions around the country.  Learn more about Health 2.0 visit: http://health2con.

The National eHealth Innovation Series/New England Summit represents the first in a planned series of regional summits bringing together cutting-edge health care providers and payors with innovative early-stage health care information technology companies to showcase and accelerate eHealth innovation across the nation.  The New England Summit will pair an eHealth Innovation Open, which seeks through competition to recognize and award outstanding new health information technology (IT) solutions, with speed-dating sessions matching top innovative health care and solution providers. 

Why is innovation and entrepreneurship important?  According to Wil Yu, Special Assistant for Innovation at the ONC, “the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is directly supporting innovation in health IT to accelerate the nation’s progress toward a 1 of 2 high-performing, adaptive health care system.” Scott Case, CEO of the Obama administration’s new StartUp America Partnership, agreed, noting that “driving American entrepreneurship is critical to creating jobs and sustaining our nation’s global leadership.”  The eHealth Innovations Series/New England Summit is in line with and supports the objectives of the Office of the ONC, its programs and initiatives, including the StartUp America Partnership, announced by the White House in February which seeks to encourage investments in new technologies and businesses through efforts such as the creation of Innovation Exchanges.  For more information, please visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/startup-america-public or http://www.hhs.gov/open/initiatives/startupamerica/index.html.

The eHealth Innovation Series/New England Summit is now seeking the participation of Hospitals and Healthcare Provider Organizations and Payors from across New England plus Innovative eHealth Start-Ups from across the country, along with the support of industry partners & sponsors.  The New England Summit through Health 2.0 will solicit applications from health IT entrepreneurs nationwide and, with the assistance of a world-class Advisory Board, match ten (10) finalists with ten regional (10) providers and payors for a series of educational and match-making sessions with the end goal of standing up a minimum of a dozen (12) new eHealth innovation pilots across the six states which make up New England – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.  A limited number of tickets will be made available to the public to participate in this historic event.  Future innovation event locations & dates may include:  Atlanta/Jan ’12; Las Vegas/Feb ’12; Chicago/May ’12; San Francisco/Sept ’12 and Washington, DC/Dec ’12.  For more information regarding the New England Summit, including an event agenda, event ticketing and how payors, providers and entrepreneurs can participate, please visit us at: http://www.ehealthinnovationseries.com or contact Mark Stevens at mstevens(at)ehealthinnovationseries(dot)com.   

About Health 2.0

Health 2.0: The conference. The media network. The Innovation Community. The Health 2.0 Conference is the leading showcase of cutting-edge technologies in health care, including Online Communities, Search and lightweight Tools for consumers to manage their health and connect to providers online. The Health 2.0 Developer Challenge is a series of prize competitions promoting health technology innovation. Health 2.0 also has its own media channels, Health 2.0 News and Health 2.0 TV; its own market intelligence service, Health 2.0Advisors; and also sponsors the Health 2.0 Accelerator industry consortium. Health 2.0 was founded by Indu Subaiya & Matthew Holt in 2007 and is now a community of hundreds of organizations and thousands of innovators.Learn more about Health 2.0 visit: http://health2con.

About ARRAHealth

ARRAHealth is a healthcare information technology consulting, events planning and professional services and systems integrator organization with deep and broad industry/domain knowledge and contacts, a passion for innovation and collaboration and a commitment to providing outstanding client service and cost-effective, uncompromising results.  ARRAHealth’s mission is to improve the health of the average patient and their families through the identification and development of health information technology, as well as strategies to facilitate its optimal use. ARRAHealth will develop and deploy strategies, solutions and services to enable various care coordination models by collaborating with providers, payers, public entities and patients to improve care delivery, outcomes and efficiency.

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