Medical

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...

The Future of Robotics: Research to Commercialization – RoboBusiness Direct Session November 5, 2020

In this informative and wide ranging RoboBusiness Direct session, MassRobotics’ Executive Director Tom Ryden leads an all-star panel of robotics researchers and industry thought leaders to discuss that latest robotics and automation research and R&D initiatives, and the ways the resulting breakthroughs make their way into the commercial sphere. By RBR Staff | October 30, 2020 Listen to this article There is no charge to attend RoboBusiness Direct sessions. It is an exciting time to be in robotics. The $100+ billion global robotics sector has been growing by leaps and bounds. Industrial robots are no longer the exclusive domain of heavy industry or huge factories. A new generation of robotics systems, collaborative robots in particular, have expanded the customer base for robots to incl...

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...

Medtech Canada COVID-19 Action Hub

Ontario Premier Doug Ford visited Canadian Hospital Specialties in Oakville to see how they’re increasing the province’s supply of COVID-19 testing swabs. Since the start of this pandemic, the medical technology (medtech) industry has made significant contributions to the battle against COVID-19 in Canada, stepping up for Canadians in the fight against this global pandemic. Medtech companies have drastically ramped up production, retooled their product lines and creatively utilized their devices to help both patients and those on the front lines. Additionally, there has been swift collaboration between governments, providers and medical technology companies in Canada to address the pressing needs of our health care system in light of COVID-19. The sector has also made valuable contribution...

Soft Wearable Robots Are Leaving the Lab – RoboBusiness Direct Session October 29th

In this informative RoboBusiness Direct session, Conor Walsh, founder of the Harvard Biodesign Lab and faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, will describe the current state of soft robotics research, the many ways soft wearable robots are actively being deployed now, as well as emerging opportunities for the technology. By RBR Editor | October 23, 2020 There is no charge to attend RoboBusiness Direct sessions. After almost a decade of effort from a multidisciplinary team of researchers and collaborators with backgrounds in robotics, functional apparel design and movement science, soft wearable robots have now left the lab and being deployed across a range of exciting application areas. This talk will give an overview of how this technology has matured ...

Proven Strategies For Building a Successful Surgical Robotics Startup – RoboBusiness Direct Session October 22nd

In this informative RoboBusiness Direct session based on accrued experience with five surgical robotics startups, Dwight Meglan, Co-founder and CTO of HeartLander Surgical, will describe the challenges to building a successful surgical robotics company, along with the critical success factors and strategies for overcoming them. By RBR Editor | October 15, 2020 There is no charge to attend RoboBusiness Direct sessions. What does it take to build a successful surgical robotics company? It is not enough to identify an unmet need in the operating/procedure room that a surgical robot could satisfy. For example, can you stand out if you have chosen to develop for one of the overpopulated surgical robotics subspecialties? Do you have a defensible patent position with a long strategy to strengthen...

Digital considerations while planning for an uncertain future

Renee Patton *Sponsored Content By Renee Patton Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare providers were focused on improving patient experiences, streamlining clinical communications and supporting collaboration, while also maintaining safety and security of all involved. How could healthcare providers provide quality experiences to patients, while also ensuring clinicians were able to deliver a high level of care and remain efficient? These priorities still remain; however, the COVID-19 pandemic has also led to the emergence of new needs for patients, clinicians and administrators. With a surge in demand for virtual care, evaluation and testing, as well as shift to remote work for administrative staff, the pandemic has accelerated the disruption of healthcare, creating new challenges an...

Cisco: A conversation about telemental health with CAMH

Willa Black, Vice President of Corporate Affairs and CSR for Cisco Canada *Sponsored Content By Willa Black In July 2018, leaders from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and Cisco Canada gathered together to begin drawing a roadmap for pioneering telemental health delivery. Little did they realize that in two short years a pandemic would have clinicians and physicians delivering nearly 3,000 virtual visits a month. What inspired this vision of care and how was CAMH able to scale up so successfully and rapidly? While CAMH has been delivering some form of virtual care for a number of years, there was slow growth in this area until a few years ago, when a number of big changes took place in provincial policies. Changes such as an increase in the platforms available to deliver c...

A gamified approach to exercise for older adults

By Arielle Townsend Stuart Embleton knows the value of a consistent exercise routine. It was the first thing his doctors prescribed when they found a blocked artery in his heart. “I haven’t had major heart surgery,” Embleton notes gratefully, but adds that this incident with his health motivated him to lead a more active lifestyle. His quest led him to the Cardiac Athletic Society of Edmonton (CASE), where he was offered the opportunity to join a trial for a gamified exercise platform called Virtual Gym. Thanks to Virtual Gym, Embleton and older adults like him will soon have access to personalized exercise routines that they can do at home, while being supervised by their physiotherapists. “The original question we had when developing Virtual Gym, was how we could use technology to create...

MIT’s Hugh Herr Reveals Joys (and Challenges) of Commercializing Bionic Limbs

As a teenager, Dr. Hugh Herr was a highly competitive mountain climber, until at the age of 17 he had to have both legs amputated below the knees after suffering severe frostbite during a 1982 mountain expedition. As a result of this experience, he directed his efforts and talent to try to improve the mobility of people with disabilities. Considered one of the top biomechatronics researchers in the world, Herr heads the Biomechatronics Research Group and Center for Extreme Bionics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His research programs seek to advance technologies that promise to accelerate the merging of body and machine, including device architectures that resemble the body’s musculoskeletal design, actuator technologies that behave like muscle, and control methodologies th...

Lessons on virtual care from the COVID-19 pandemic

On August 24, the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA) hosted its first “virtual” Education Session titled Virtual Care in Canada: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic. The session focused on providing Canadian physicians with essential information on virtual care. “The COVID-19 pandemic abruptly changed the healthcare landscape, and unexpectedly drove physicians and patients to widely adopt virtual care to a much greater degree than ever before,” says Dr. Lisa Calder, incoming CEO at the CMPA. “We know physicians are looking for guidance on how to manage this new practice landscape.” In fact, since March of this year, the CMPA has received an unprecedented number of calls relating to virtual care. As use of virtual care continues to surge, it is crucial that physicians know how to...

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