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Gaps revealed in Sask. eHealth records system

The latest report by Saskatchewan’s provincial auditor is revealing major gaps and inconsistencies in the electronic health records system.
“You are sitting in 2014. You started this way back in 1997. You’re not sure when you’ll be substantively done. You’re not sure what it’s going to cost,” said Acting Provincial Auditor Judy Ferguson Wednesday.
The provincial government has spent $502 million over the last 17 years to develop a province-wide electronic health information system, but it’s not complete.

Community group serves up wheelchair tennis league

Kelsi Paul races across the court in her wheelchair after a tennis ball that's gotten away. During a warm summer night at the Nutana Kiwanis courts, she said she wouldn't want to be doing anything else.

"Just being active it keeps me healthy, it keeps my sane. I love the interaction with people and it's just a huge part of my life and I'm a very competitive person so," she said laughing. "I have pretty much tried anything. My main sport right now is cross country skiing but I've done everything from bowling to swimming to basketball and wheelchair racing."

Bail hearing set for man charged with alleged abduction

Clinton McLaughlin made his first appearance in court following his arrest on Monday for allegedly abducting his ex-fiancée over the weekend.

In a brief appearance, McLaughlin sat hunched over in the prisoner's box at Saskatoon Provincial Court, his face turned away from the gallery with his head in his hands as a court worker and the Crown prosecutor worked out a date for a bail hearing.

PHOTOS: Beads of Courage keeps program alive with fun run

When Elara Johnson was born, her family soon learned the little girl’s first few years of life would be difficult.

Born two months premature, the tiny tot went into cardiac arrest just four days after birth. Her family then discovered she had a congenital heart defect, among a slew of other health issues.

“She’d spent more time in hospital than at home by the time she was one year old,” mother Tara Johnson said.

Soon after the discovery, her parents learned about the Royal University Hospital’s Beads of Courage.

Warm weather gives paramedics spike in calls

The Saturday sunshine brought a lot of people outside but it also resulted in a lot more calls for Saskatoon's paramedics.

Troy Davies with MD Ambulance said they were called to 54 emergency calls in just 12 hours.

"Our typical night is 40 calls," he said.

"We ended up having a very busy night for us especially for this time of year and it not being a long weekend."

Davies said many of the calls were about people mixing hot weather with cool alcoholic drinks.

Transit proposing route changes, more direct routes

The City of Saskatoon is hoping to tweak its current service to better serve the growing communities outside of Circle Drive.

Pending city council’s approval on June 9, Bob Howe, director of Saskatoon Transit said the new shake-up is about adding buses to busier routes and creating more connectivity throughout the city’s transit hubs.

“We’ve heard from customers that they want more direct trips and more predictable schedules and a lot of these route enhancements we’ve designed are to address those issues,” Howe said. 

Six new doctors coming to the Sun Country Health Region

The Sun Country Health Region is ending a doctor shortage as six doctors move into the area.

Doctors will be heading to Arcola, Kipling, Redvers, Radville and Weyburn. Health region president CEO Marga Cugnet says Kipling was most in need.

"We had only one permanent physician there so they're very excited to get a second," said Cugent. But places like Redvers only had one doctor for the entire area.

New Moose Jaw hospital will house new MRI

Patients needing diagnostic imaging services from a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in the Moose Jaw area will have the service closer to home in just a few years.

On Friday morning, Health Minister Dustin Duncan announced the city's new hospital will house a new MRI.

“As Saskatchewan’s population has grown, the demand for medical imaging services like MRI’s also grows,” Duncan said in a release.

“This new MRI aligns with our goal of providing sooner, safer and smarter health care to the people of Saskatchewan.”

Funding gap leaves Humboldt seniors' complex wing shuttered

The Dust Wing at St. Mary’s Villa in Humboldt will remain empty for at least another year after the Saskatoon Health Region said they couldn’t find room in the budget to renovate the shuttered seniors' complex wing.

VIDEO: Sask. students vote for anti-tobacco ad

As World No Tobacco Day approaches, the Government of Saskatchewan is looking to the province's youth to help discourage themselves from using tobacco.

On Thursday morning, Health Minister Dustin Duncan announced the winner of a province-wide vote on anti-tobacco TV ads voted on by more than 3,200 Grade 6 to 12 students across province.

“Encouraging our young people to make healthy choices is a priority for our government,” Duncan said in a news release. “View and Vote is a powerful tool to educate kids about the harmful effects of tobacco use.”

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