robotics

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...

August 2020 Robotics Transactions Continue Strong Summer Pace

The COVID-19 pandemic has impeded business worldwide, but robotics research, development, and commercialization have continued through the summer. In August 2020, companies working on autonomous vehicles, industrial automation, and healthcare systems continued to receive significant investment. In August 2020, Robotics Business Review tracked 50 transactions worth a total of $2.3 billion (U.S.). In comparison, there were 47 deals worth about $1.9 billion in July 2020, and 43 transactions worth $2 billion in August 2019. As with last month, there was not a significant change year over year, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite a 33% decline in global venture funding last month, according to Crunchbase, supply chain automation, aerial drones, and agricultural and service robot compani...

COVID-19 highlights value of video laryngoscopy

By Patrick Nellis and Eliana Landori Reducing  risk In emergency departments and intensive care units across the country COVID-19 has changed the way hospitals operate. With an increased need to support patients in respiratory distress, a new focus is being placed on video laryngoscopy (VL) for intubating patients being put on a ventilator. VL has won growing acceptance because the enhanced visualization makes it more likely  intubation will be successful on the first try, making the process safer for physicians and patients compared to traditional direct laryngoscopy (DL).  Additionally, VL reduces the risk of spreading a highly contagious virus. “The availability of a video laryngoscope at every intubation minimizes errors and unforeseen difficulties, enhances fe...

RoboBusiness Direct Fall 2020 Series Launches With Expanded Program

New Program, Ongoing GoalRoboBusiness Direct is designed to foster robotics innovation, expand robotics business opportunities, and build a community of like-minded problem solvers with the goal of driving the growth of robotics businesses, as well as the global robotics sector. Brightest Minds, Leading CompaniesMore than a webinar or virtual event, RoboBusiness Direct is an ongoing, integrated series of presentations and media coverage delivered by brightest minds from the leading robotics and automation companies from around the world. The program runs weekly from August 27, 2020 until December. More information about the RoboBusiness Direct speakers, sessions schedule can be found HERE. Registration for RoboBusiness Direct is now open. There is no charge to register for RoboBusiness Dir...

Virtual health care: A win-win for patients and care providers

Dr. Navika Limaye has been able to see many of her patients through virtual care through-out the pandemic. By Jennifer Stranges In semi-retirement, 65-year-old Norma keeps busy with a roster of hobbies including choir, Barbershop quartet and Scottish country dancing. But when COVID-19 shut down the province, Norma, a patient at St. Joseph’s Health Centre’s family health team, had no option but to slow down. During this time, Norma, who lives with bipolar disorder, experienced a decline in her mental health. And if it were not for virtual health care – which was swiftly made available in Ontario due to the pandemic – Norma’s family physician may not have had the chance to catch the signs and adjust her treatment. “The virtual visits were fantastic because we were in touch on the phone on a ...

Winners of the AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge

One of the winning innovations…Able Innovations’ DELTA Platform enables patient transfers with just one caregiver. By Annie Webb and Margaret Polanyi The need has never been greater for technologies and services that benefit older Canadians and their caregivers—so it’s no surprise that the 2020 AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge attracted a lot of attention. The national competition recognizes top start-ups and supports entrepreneurship in Canada’s technology and aging sector. Finalists are challenged to explain how their technology-based solution can positively impact seniors or their caregivers. The first two competitions in the three-part series played out virtually in June and July, with five finalists competing at each event for $20,000 in cash, as well as in-kind prizes. ...

Digital Event – Developing Robots That Can Promote Social-Emotional Learning in Children

In this presentation, Paolo Pirjanian, CEO at Embodied, will discuss how the relationship between humans and machines is evolving, including how robots and robotic technology can be applied for social good. By RBR Editor | August 16, 2020 RoboBusiness Direct is not a webinar, or virtual event, but instead it is an ongoing, integrated series of digital events delivered by brightest minds from the leading robotics and automation companies from around the world, augmented by including continuing coverage and analysis in Robotics Business Review. RoboBusiness Direct is designed to impart to business and engineering professionals the information they need to identify market opportunities, successfully develop and deploy the next generation of commercial robotics systems, and accelerate their bu...

New virtual clinic streamlines care for COVID-19 patients

Dr. Marko Mrkobrada, one of the physicians who helped create the Urgent COVID-19 Care Clinic at LHSC shows an example of an oximeter that is sent to high risk patients to help them self-monitor their oxygen levels. By Erinor Jacob-Levine Receiving a positive COVID-19 test result can be both scary and overwhelming due to the potentially serious and largely unknown consequences of the virus. To better support those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, six physicians at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) have developed a new care pathway to identify, triage, monitor, and manage the potential complications of the disease through a new virtual clinic. The LHSC Urgent COVID-19 Care Clinic is caring for patients referred from the Middlesex-London Health Unit, Emergency Department, and family ...

Better analytics, virtual visits help enhance diabetes care

By Jessica Rudd As a registered nurse who works with residents with dementia at a long-term care home in Edmonton Alberta, Karen Pliska, 55, is acutely aware of the risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to those in her care, and to herself.  Not only is she working on the front lines, she must manage her own chronic condition, Type 1 diabetes, which puts her at greater risk of more severe symptoms if she were to contract COVID-19. Like millions of Canadians living with chronic health conditions, Pliska has had to adapt to new physical distancing protocols over the past several months that put a temporary halt to in-person visits with her doctor and the medical team at her diabetes clinic. But Pliska is among the growing swell of patients who have been able to harness the power of techn...

New video virtual care project enhances care for Ontario’s tiniest patients

Katie Lavelle with husband Jeff (left) and their newborn son Edward. By Julie Dowdie and Jessica Marangos When Katie and Jeff Lavelle’s newborn son, Edward, needed to be treated for complications arising shortly after his birth, the world-class team of paediatric experts assessing him were simultaneously right by his bedside and more than 40 kilometres away. Little Edward benefited from the launch of a new Kids Health Alliance (KHA) virtual care project that allows the care team at Markham Stouffville Hospital’s (MSH) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to consult experts at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) with the added use of video. The project introduces video capabilities between consulting physicians and nurses in MSH’s NICU and the SickKids Acute Care Transport Service (ACT...

Diet and Weight Loss: Using Social Robots to Support Human Health and Well-being

Dr. Nicole Robinson, a research fellow at Monash University, works across two disciplines – engineering and medicine. Specifically, robotics and psychology. She has led a new research trial offering a glimpse into the near-future of digital healthcare. It found social robots – as helpers – can deliver a multi-session behavior-change treatment around diet and weight reduction without the need for human intervention. The results showed a robot-delivered program helped people to cut snack “episodes” by half, and lose, on average, 4.4 kilograms in weight. The trial also found that an autonomous robot-delivered program may be as effective as a human clinician in the same context. Robinson was recently interviewed by the Monash Lens, a Monash University publication that publishes commentary and ...

Coping with COVID-19

How Microsoft technologies are enhancing hospitals’ response This year, the unprecedented arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic forced healthcare organizations to up their intelligence game – quickly. As part of that response, Microsoft technology is providing Canadian healthcare organizations with  information solutions that allow for safety, better experiences, health insights, and virtual care. “Microsoft realizes healthcare leaders are under tremendous pressures to respond to the crisis of COVID-19 – to keep frontline workers safe, support the reduction of the community spread, and provide unprecedented emergency care response and capacity for those who contract the disease,” says Lisa Carroll, Microsoft Canada’s Canadian Public Sector Lead.  “It is crucial for them to have  ...