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Innovation in COVID-19 testing solutions offer hope to communities that need it most

Dr. Mario Thomas, CEO, Precision Biomonitoring, speaks to the importance of continued advancements in Canada’s testing space in response to COVID-19 and beyond. Improving healthcare outcomes now and into the future. COVID-19 has challenged traditional approaches to healthcare. The global pandemic has provided Canada with the opportunity to see the capabilities within our own healthcare system. Canadians have adapted and innovated quickly to meet the immediate, yet evolving, needs of the public, and this ability to adapt is arguably most evident in the testing space. From the very beginning of the pandemic, testing has been front and center, and while it is universally agreed that testing is a critical piece of the COVID-19 puzzle, it has not been perfect. Testing strategies have varied gre...

The future of healthcare is less invasive

By Neil Fraser As Canada heads into winter and closes the door on 2020, hospitals are feeling increasingly snowed in by rising COVID-19 cases and growing wait lists for diagnostic and surgical procedures, estimated by Deloitte to be over 300,000 procedures in Canada. As we open the door to a new year, how can we avoid taking one step forward and two steps back as the pandemic forces hospitals to deal with the conflicting demands of clearing surgical backlogs and creating inpatient bed capacity? The problem is big, but the answer is less invasive. One of the greatest lessons the pandemic has taught us is that we need to prioritize solutions that free up bed capacity and reduce the burden on healthcare professionals, while also reducing the risk of virus and infection exposure to both clinic...

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Virtual care helps post-operative patients heal at home

Ernst Seeger kept in touch with his health care team post-surgery through virtual care. It was 10:30 at night when Ernst Seeger realized he needed immediate medical attention. The Niagara Falls man was at home recovering from bladder cancer surgery and started experiencing intense, escalating abdominal pain. But instead of going to the hospital emergency department, Seeger, 64, reached out to his virtual healthcare team at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) using a tablet computer provided by the hospital as part of a study on virtual care for patients recovering at home after surgery. “I apologized for contacting them so late but the nurse I spoke to said, `I’m glad you called. That’s what we’re here for.’” While at the HHS Juravinski Cancer Centre having surgery for bladder cancer in May, Se...

Canada lags in adopting innovation

Canadians are right to be proud of their healthcare system, but one area where challenges exist – and where some practical changes could bring about big improvement – is in the adoption of innovative medical technologies. Too often, Canadians have limited access to health technologies that are widely adopted in other countries. These technologies are varied. They might be orthopedic devices, technologies that support cardiovascular health, disease-specific remedies, or unique innovations that address chronic pain. And the organizational profiles are equally diverse. It doesn’t matter if you’re a small, innovative Canadian company, or a large multinational, the truth is that the Canadian healthcare system – despite its many strengths – is not built to embrace innovation. Intellijoint Surgic...

Virtual care popularity surges during COVID-19 pandemic

Virtual doctor appointments mean Harrison Brown can continue working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic and not have to travel to The Ottawa Hospital. By Season Osborne Harrison Brown relies on ParaTranspo to get to The Ottawa Hospital. He used to have to carve a three-hour window for a 15-minute appointment. But now, he has his doctor’s appointments at home—using his cell phone. “It’s a game-changer for me,” said Harrison. The 27-year-old from Cornwall has spina bifida and has had to come to the hospital his whole life. When he moved to Ottawa, either his parents would come from Cornwall to drive him to the hospital or he’d take ParaTranspo. Not having to go to the hospital is “huge.” The Ottawa Hospital normally has about 37,000 outpatient appointments every month. On March 17, The O...