Innovation and Technology

Bringing ground-breaking innovations to the bedside
Bringing ground-breaking innovations to the bedside

The MitraClip device When Health Canada officially approved the revolutionary, catheter-based, MitraClip therapy last April, interventional cardiologists and surgeons at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute knew they had been pioneering an innovative and novel procedure. Now providing physicians in Canada ...


Enhancing the standards of care in seating
Enhancing the standards of care in seating

Martina Tierney OT and ‘The Phoenix’. Named after the symbol for OT in Ireland, the Phoenix is shown to help reduce pressure ulcers by 88 per cent. When Martina Tierney worked as an Occupational Therapist (OT) in hospitals, the community ...


FallsLab aims to keep Canadians upright
FallsLab aims to keep Canadians upright

A researcher demonstrates FallsLab’s moving platform and robotic safety harness. Despite researchers’ best efforts, no one has ever fallen in FallsLab. The newest lab in Toronto Rehab’s iDAPT Centre safely simulates falls so scientists can determine how to prevent them. ...


Remote control treatment for irregular heart beats
Remote control treatment for irregular heart beats

Dr. Eugene Crystal, Director of Arrhythmia Services at Sunnybrook, is pictured in the control room of the hospital's Arrhythmia Suite. Sunnybrook is the first centre in Canada to use a new remote control system for treating arrhythmia that is more ...


First in Canada: Innovation Unit transforms care
First in Canada: Innovation Unit transforms care

Nicholas Krcel, a patient in the Innovation Unit at Mackenzie Health, attended by Registered Nurse Suzette Jordan. The technology within this picture:Clockwise, starting from top left corner: “smart” station, “smart” badge, dome light indicator and hand hygiene support solution. Mackenzie ...


Southlake implants world’s smallest heart monitor in adult patient
Southlake implants world’s smallest heart monitor
in adult patient

This small wireless monitor provides long-term remote monitoring to help physicians diagnose and monitor patients suffering from irregular heartbeats. Dr. Atul Verma, cardiologist at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Ontario, recently inserted the world's smallest implantable cardiac monitoring device ...


Two heads better than one when it comes to eHealth
Two heads better than one when it comes to eHealth

  Hand-held devices that scans the patients ID bracelet and the patients medication before administering the medicine to ensure the right medication is going to the right patient. While efficiency and better patient care are the ultimate goals of eHealth initiatives ...


Patient engagement using mobile technology
Patient engagement using mobile technology

Dr. Kishman Mahabir consults with patient. Patient engagement and mobile health technology (or mHealth) are expressions that have permeated discussion and debate within health care organizations. The combination of the two has been touted as having the potential to advance ...


Diabetes trial testing ways to prevent low blood sugar during the night
Diabetes trial testing ways to prevent low blood sugar
during the night

Young participants in an insulin pump shut-off study in London proudly display drawings depicting their experience in the novel diabetes trial. From right is Heather with her mom, Anne Crosby, and sister Hannah, along with Nicole Tracey and her ...


Diabetes-specific electronic medical record Canadian first
Diabetes-specific electronic medical record
Canadian first

Heather Reid, left, health information administrator, and endocrinologist Dr. Tamara Spaic were part of the team at the Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism of St. Joseph's Health Care London that developed Canada's first electronic medical record specifically for ...


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