robotics

From senior care to pharma, new speech-analyzer tool addresses gaps, meets needs

Winterlight Labs development team. Courtesy: John Hryniuk Photography By Dianne Daniel It begins with small mistakes. People forget their medication, miss an appointment or have trouble managing their diabetes. Eventually the errors compound and for many older adults, even slight cognitive impairment leads to a negative health outcome. This is the scenario Winterlight Labs is aiming to prevent with its newest pilot project. Partnering with VHA Home HealthCare, the company is testing its proprietary natural speech analyzer with 50 Ontario seniors throughout 2019. The goal is to refine the tool’s effectiveness as a clinical decision support tool. “We’re addressing a gap in the market,” says Winterlight Labs CEO Liam Kaufman. “When someone has a diagnosis of dementia, we know they need help m...

Radiation Shielding Solutions for Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine is a growing field with innovations in technology, diagnostic procedures and therapeutic purposes.  Variety of workplaces including hospitals, universities and research facilities are all involved in producing, researching and administering radiopharmaceuticals.  With the increase and widespread use of nuclear medicine, the demand for shielding increases as well. There are many shielding products geared towards the nuclear medicine industry.  Below are some of the common shielding products that would be used in a lab or clinic setting. Lead and Tungsten Pigs A commonly used product in the industry is vials for storing syringes and radioisotopes.  Generally, in the medical field a pig is a round container made of lead or tungsten that is used for shieldi...

$49 million federal investment in a Digital Health and Discovery Platform

CAR was present at Minister Bains’ announcement related to AI funding, June 2019. On May 23, 2019, in Montreal, Quebec, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation Science and Economic Development, announced that the government will invest up to $49 million in the Digital Health and Discovery Platform (DHDP). The DHDP is a network of partners, including the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR) that is led by the Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI) and Imagia. Their purpose is to work together to establish a cutting-edge Canada-wide health data platform, which is patient-centric and upholds the highest standards for data, privacy, security and safety. The DHDP will greatly empower TFRI’s Marathon of Hope Cancer Centres network. For the first time, cancer centres and research ...

CATARACT PATIENTS HAVE CHOICES

Learn about your lens options before you see your surgeon “The stars at night? I hadn’t seen them for a decade. They are breathtaking,” recounts Tracey Dorey, retired Vancouver school teacher. “I’ve always loved nature, colours and textures, but I didn’t realize how much I was missing until I had cataract surgery.” Tracey was among 2.5 million Canadians living with cataracts each year. A recent survey commissioned by Leger, revealed that over half of Canadians do not know much about cataracts and cataract surgery; and 59 per cent are unaware that there are options to treat cataracts and other vision conditions at once.[1] The survey also found that fear is a barrier to having the procedure done despite the fact that cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed procedures in Canad...

Using smart technologies to make a meaningful impact on patient care

Mackenzie Health has been named a recipient of the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence for the thoughtful application of health information and technology to substantially improve clinical care delivery, patient outcomes and population health. By Christina Cindric At Mackenzie Health, staff across the organization have worked hard to integrate innovative, smart health care technologies into the way care is delivered to patients. The approach to digital health has resulted in the organization becoming the first Canadian acute care hospital to receive the highest certification for electronic medical record adoption – HIMSS EMRAM Stage 7. This year, Mackenzie Health was also named a recipient of the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence for the thoughtful application of health...

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