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Commuters jam a Toronto subway platform. Widespread adoption of habits that help prevent infection may boost behavioural herd immunity. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy

Coronavirus: How behaviour can help control the spread of COVID-19

Large-scale adoption of simple, individual actions — like disinfecting our germ-laden phone screens — can limit the ability of COVID-19 to get a foothold.
Despite massive investments, Canada’s health-care system has not reaped the benefits of digital technology like banking and retail sectors have. (Shutterstock)

Good governance is the missing prescription for better digital health care

The digitization of health care in Canada has been a bumpy ride — due to lack of focus on governance, and lack of emphasis on interoperability, transparency and accountability.
Large corporations have both contributed to the expansion of LGBTQ equality and served as a bulwark against conservative backlash. cobravictor/flickr

How much credit should corporations get for the advancement of LGBTQ rights?

In an interview, law professor Carlos Ball explains how gay rights activists and corporations went from adversaries to partners. But would the alliance have happened if it had hurt the bottom line?
Queensland Health’s current electronic medical records system is what you could call a “monolithic” system, meaning it’s an all-in-one system designed by one company. Such systems may not be the best option for the health sector’s future. SHUTTERSTOCK

Queensland Health’s history of software mishaps is proof of how hard e-health can be

Past upgrades to the state's medical record system have cost tremendous amounts of money, and on at least one occasion, forced clinicians to revert to paper-based methods.
Pharmacists receive no financial incentive to counsel patients about how to take their medicines. That needs to change. from www.shutterstock.com

Pay pharmacists to improve our health, not just supply medicines

Pharmacies are paid a set amount to dispense most medicines, so the more they dispense, the greater their income. But there's a better way to pay pharmacists and improve health care at the same time.
Several Democrats running for president in 2020 support some version of Medicare for all. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

How the US could afford ‘Medicare for all’

There's a very simple way to give Medicare to all: delete six words from the legislation that created the program in 1965.
Supermarket pharmacies have been around in the US, UK and mainland Europe for years. But will Australia follow? from www.shutterstock.com

A loaf of bread and a packet of pills: how supermarket pharmacies could change the way we shop

If Australia follows international trends and allows supermarkets to open pharmacies, what are the effects on neighbouring pharmacies? And when does running a business mean health care suffers?
The use of Big Data (large, aggregated datasets) to inform the provision of health care leaves out context and details. Shutterstock

Small Data approaches provide nuance and context to health datasets

Health-care providers are increasingly relying on large data sets to deliver services. However, Small Data approaches provide nuance and context, and in some instances can be more beneficial.
Understanding the human microbiome will lead to breakthroughs in health care, including treatments for ailments such as irritable bowel syndrome. Shutterstock

The human microbiome is a treasure trove waiting to be unlocked

The microbiome is one of the largest organs in the body. Understanding its constituents and their functions will lead to breakthroughs in health care and well-being practices.

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