Innovation and Technology

New portal enhances patient safety
New portal enhances patient safety

Marie Jane Lopez Torres, R.N. navigates the Patient Safety Portal with hands-on training from Andrew Pigou and Shadan Fallahi. One of the main barriers to enhancing patient safety is the failure to learn from safety incidents. Baycrest Health Sciences has ...


Healthcare that (almost) makes house calls
Healthcare that (almost) makes house calls

Tele-counselling offers greater flexibility,” says Susie Hamilton, counsellor in the Cancer Centre’s Supportive Care Program at TBRHSC. At the request of one of her out of town patients, Hamilton investigated the possibility of having their appointments via the Ontario ...


Telemedicine pilot improves withdrawal management care
Telemedicine pilot improves withdrawal management care

Pat Larson, Nurse Practitioner, performing a telemedicine consult. Photo credit: Kevin Holm. Since the late 1990s, the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) has offered two-way videoconferencing to increase access to patient care and education for health care professionals and patients. However, ...


Researchers create “black box” for use in operating rooms
Researchers create “black box” for use in
operating rooms

The black box is only for laparoscopic, or minimally invasive, surgeries that insert video cameras in thin plastic tubes into small incisions in the body. Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital have developed a “black box” for use in operating rooms, ...


First hospital in Canada with completely paperless medical record system
First hospital in Canada with completely paperless
medical record system

Ontario Shores physicians Dr. Ilan Fischler and Dr. Tam showcase the various features of the EMR to evaluator Pate Wise, VP, HIMSS. Advancing care for people with a mental illness is paramount for Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences ...


Top 10 new and emerging health technologies: Are they game changers?
Top 10 new and emerging health technologies: Are they
game changers?

  The original research and successful world first application of ex vivo lung perfusion technology was led by Dr. Shaf Keshavjee and Marcelo Cypel at Toronto General Hospital. The ex-vivo system they developed first allowed surgeons an opportunity to assess ...


Toronto researchers develop world’s first app to help treat alcohol withdrawal
Toronto researchers develop world’s first app to help
treat alcohol withdrawal

Dr. Bjug Borgundvaag, worked with a team of researchers from U of T to create an app that will help clinicians more efficiently measure and treat alcohol withdrawal. Conditions related to the consumption of alcohol, such as alcohol withdrawal, are ...


New app for dosing pain medication in children
New app for dosing pain medication in children

Medication is the most common pain management tool that health care professionals use to help patients through their treatment and recovery. For adults the dose is often standard, but for children, a safe and effective dose of medicine depends on ...


Emergency preparedness at the new Humber River Hospital
Emergency preparedness at the new Humber River Hospital

A Real Time Locating System (RTLS) with a ‘Nurse Call’ system will be implemented to further enhance safety in the hospital, including newborn foot monitors, for paediatric patients. Designing and building a 1.8 million square foot acute care hospital facility ...


iCHIP Application a North American first for blood disorder patients
iCHIP Application a North American first for blood
disorder patients

Hemophilia patient Eagan and his mom, Carmen, demonstrate how easy the iCHIP application is to use. Empowering patients, improving care and support, and enhancing quality of life; that’s what the newly launched iCHIP application will deliver to patients across the ...


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