In the next couple of weeks, the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology will be launching a pilot initiative that will enhance healthcare delivery across the island through the use of technology. eCare will allow a patient to, through the use of technology, interact with their doctor for consultation and advice, without having to leave home to visit a clinic or medical practice. In the next couple of weeks, the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology will be launching a pilot initiative that will enhance healthcare delivery across the island through the use of technology. Story Highlights In the next couple of weeks, the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology will be launching a pilot initiative that will enhance healthcare delivery across the island through the use of technology.Dubbed eCare, the initiative is being implemented in collaboration with the Universal Service Fund (USF) and the Diabetes Association of Jamaica.This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 15.eCare will allow a patient to, through the use of technology, interact with their doctor for consultation and advice, without having to leave home to visit a clinic or medical practice.It will facilitate video conferencing between doctor and patient, along with affording the medical professional the convenience of sending prescriptions to the patient’s pharmacy of choice.Dr. Wheatley said the eCare pilot will have a phased introduction at select health centres, adding that 5,000 persons will be selected to be part of the pilot, with their data to be analysed as part of the evaluation process before the nationwide launch of the programme.“I believe that eCare is a game changer, as it will revolutionise the way in whichdoctors and their patients collaborate to manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease,” he said.He said doctors and their clinical support staff will receive training in the use of the technology and how the technology can assist them in assessing specific parameters such as blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.Dr. Wheatley said through eCare, technology will be used to cut the long waiting queues at public health centres; reduce overcrowding at these facilities; better manage the incidence of NCDs; realise tremendous cost savings and contribute to a healthy society; and put power into the hands of patients to better manage their own health.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A U.S.-Canadian team is preparing for another mission to relocate grey wolves to Isle Royale National Park in Michigan from a second Lake Superior island, where the predators are in danger of starvation after gobbling up a caribou herd.The targeted pack is on Michipicoten Island on the eastern side of the lake, which was home to hundreds of caribou until ice bridges formed in recent years, enabling wolves to cross over from the mainland and feast on their helpless prey.The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources airlifted some of the last surviving caribou to another island last year. Before long the wolves were the ones in trouble, with only small mammals such as snowshoe hare left to eat.Their hunting prowess makes them prime candidates for Isle Royale, where a multi-year effort is under way to rebuild a wolf population needed to keep moose numbers under control, Superintendent Phyllis Green said.“We can use the good skills of those wolves, and this will match them with a larger island that will give them a better opportunity,” Green said.Isle Royale now has eight wolves, including six that were brought there last fall and winter from Minnesota and Ontario. Two of the newcomers were from Michipicoten Island, including the pack’s alpha male.Around six are believed to remain on Michipicoten. A crew of pilots, biologists and others will try to capture at least some and fly them to Isle Royale in the next few days, weather permitting.Officials had said earlier this month that no additional transfers were planned until this fall or next winter, partly because of a lack of money.But two private organizations — the National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation and the International Wolf Center — kicked off a fundraising effort, fearing the Michipicoten wolves would run out of food before then.“They’re not going to make it,” said Carol Brady, spokeswoman for the foundation.The groups have pledged $75,000 between them and have started a GoFundMe campaign to produce the remaining $25,000 needed for a four-day airlift operation. The Ontario ministry granted approval Monday, Brady said.As they’ve done before, crew members will trap the wolves with net guns fired from helicopters. They’ll be examined by veterinarians, and those healthy enough for movement will be taken to their new home, where there will be no shortage of prey. Isle Royale’s booming moose population is believed to exceed 1,500.“If left unchecked, moose would over-consume the island’s vegetation,” said Rob Schultz, executive director of the wolf centre. “Apex predators like wolves are important components of any healthy, natural ecosystems.”John Flesher, The Associated Press
OTTAWA — A Crown attorney has accused Joshua Boyle of dictating strict weight-loss targets for wife Caitlan Coleman after the couple were freed as hostages of Taliban-linked captors.Prosecutor Jason Neubauer said today in Ontario court that the demands were a tangible way for Boyle, on trial for allegedly assaulting Coleman, to assert his control over her.Neubauer pointed to a list Boyle apparently prepared that set out weight-loss goals of about 2.5 pounds a week — targets the prosecutor said she had to meet or be chastised.Under cross-examination, Boyle said the pair pestered each other for years to lose weight and the targets were merely proposals for negotiation, with no punishment for failing to meet them.Boyle, 36, has pleaded not guilty to offences against Coleman, including assault, sexual assault and unlawful confinement in the period of October to December 2017.The incidents are alleged to have taken place after he and Coleman returned to Canada following five years as prisoners of extremists, who seized them in Afghanistan during a 2012 backpacking trip through central Asia.The Canadian Press