Innovation and Technology

Trialing a nerve transfer procedure with promising results
Trialing a nerve transfer procedure with
promising results

Imagine the frustration of not being able to put your car key in the ignition.  Or not being able to hold your dog’s leash to go for a walk.  Most of us take these abilities for granted.  For people with ...


Electrical pulses in spinal cord prove effective for chronic pain
Electrical pulses in spinal cord prove effective for
chronic pain

Spinal Cord Stimulation  neurostimulators are about the size of a pacemaker (approximately 4 cm in diameter), and are typically placed under the skin of the abdomen. While we all experience pain, it is estimated that about 340,000 Canadians suffer from ...


The future of healthcare and the role of medtech
The future of healthcare and the role of medtech

At the hospital, provincial, and even federal level, those responsible for running our health care system are developing solutions to address the rising costs of healthcare. Alternate funding models are being considered, including paying for outcomes, rather than paying for ...


Moving towards digital hospital records
Moving towards digital hospital records

Digitization of paper records is a necessary component in every organization’s evolution to fully electronic records systems. For Canadian hospitals already under pressure to adopt electronic medical records, the additional challenges associated with digitizing paper records can be overwhelming. How ...


Surveillance Nurses support seniors to remain at home
Surveillance Nurses support seniors to remain at home

A key role in supporting Fraser Health’s ‘Home is Best’ philosophy is the Home Health Surveillance Nurse who makes regular phone to calls to the Home Health Program’s senior clients. Supporting seniors to stay healthy in their home is one ...


Home monitor alerts doctor to toddler’s paused heart rhythm
Home monitor alerts doctor to toddler’s paused
heart rhythm

Keeley no longer needs the CareLink monitor, but is seen demonstrating how she had to interrogate the device for the first time by putting it up against her chest. After the first time, the data was wirelessly transmitted, with ...


Cutting-edge technology to create world class care and diagnostics at Humber River
Cutting-edge technology to create world class care and
diagnostics at Humber River

At the new Breast Health Centre, Humber River will have two fully digital mammography units with a Sensory Suite environment where patients have the option of choosing from different scenes using an iPad – seaside, garden or waterfall with ...


Conquering C. difficile
Conquering C. difficile

RVHS infection control practitioners Bryan Morales (left) and Michael Paetzold with the decontamination tool used during a recent C. difficile outbreak. New and old infection control techniques work together to conquer C. difficile Ongoing staff education and new technology bring outbreak ...


Increasing your facility’s water efficiency
Increasing your facility’s water efficiency

One of the key emerging environmental issues for Canadian communities is how to conserve, protect, and make efficient use of their water resources. Historically, water conservation has been an area where Canadians have lagged behind much of the world. Canada ...


Green in action: Markham Stouffville Hospital
Green in action: Markham Stouffville Hospital

Paul Butler, Refrigeration Mechanic with Markham Stouffville Hospital is reviewing the operation of the chiller plant at the Markham District Energy Bur Oak Centre with Bruce Brown, Chief Operating Engineer with Markham District Energy. Despite the promising trend of increased ...


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