Lindee David

Joule adds new elements to 2017 innovation program

By Rosie Lombardi

Joule, an innovation-fostering start-up launched last year by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), is growing in several new directions in 2017. The company has added a new social innovations category to its next round of grants for physician-entrepreneurs (the deadline for all applications is May 1). Joule is also beefing up its innovation support system…

Lindee David

Joule offers 2017 round of innovation grants to MDs

The Canadian Medical Association’s newest company, called Joule, has opened its second round of grants seeking promising physician-led ventures designed to innovate and revolutionize healthcare in Canada. Five grants ranging between $25,000 and $50,000 will be allocated in three categories to eligible Canadian Medical Association (CMA) members. Deadline for applications is May 1, 2017 with…

Dr Fahad Alam

Virtual reality is finding a place in healthcare

Many patients are understandably nervous before having surgery. Dr. Fahad Alam (pictured), a Sunnybrook anesthesiologist and assistant professor of anesthesia at the University of Toronto, is hoping to change that by using virtual reality in a research study that immerses patients in the experience a week or two in advance. Using 360-degree cameras, Alam’s team developed a virtual tour,…


Health innovations from Edmonton and beyond in 2016

When it comes to health innovations, Edmonton has often led the way in Canada, and sometimes even the world. In fact, Mayor Don Iveson (pictured) announced plans earlier this year to re-brand Alberta’s capital as Canada’s health city, describing it as a “medical research powerhouse.” From stroke ambulances to three-parent babies, here are descriptions of Edmonton’s…


Network to send drones to those in cardiac arrest

Researchers at the University of Toronto are imagining a world where drones can help paramedics save lives. Although still in its preliminary stages, they’ve created a hypothetical network of drones across Ontario that would deliver life-saving defibrillators to those in cardiac arrest. “The benefits could be huge,” said U of T researcher Timothy Chan (pictured),…


Supermarket-style scanners reduce medical error

Medical error remains healthcare’s most stubborn and deadly problem, but could the answer be as straightforward as scanning a box of cereal at the supermarket checkout? An intriguing new report builds on an emerging movement to make healthcare cheaper, more transparent – and safer – by adopting the trappings of supply chain management. Assigning unique bar codes…


MD seeks input for 3D printed medical designs

By Rosie Lombardi

Futuristic 3D printing technology is already being widely used in universities and hospitals to improve healthcare. Start-up companies are now working hard to bring it closer to home to doctors in point-of-care settings. One example is the Toronto-based start-up 3D4MD, which recently won a grant from the CMA’s Joule organization. “We make 3D printable medical…

Dr Vahid Sahih

MD works to integrate wearables in medical practice

By Rosie Lombardi

Futurists believe wearable technology should be incorporated into medical practice, and some doctors are taking up the challenge. Dr. Vahid Sahiholnasab (pictured), a Vancouver-based internist and clinical instructor at UBC, encourages patients to use electronic fitness trackers. Gadgets like Fitbit and Apple Watch are introducing a universal standard for measuring exercise, which removes a lot…

Peter Singer

Six Canadian innovations receive scale-up funding

Six Canadian innovations showing evidence of early promise for improving global health will “transition-to-scale” thanks to new support from Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada. Projects in Vancouver, Waterloo, Hamilton, Ottawa, Kingston, and Montreal will receive next-step scale-up funding. The new investments, matched by a wide range of partners, will enable the…

Stewart Cameron

MyHealthNS app will revolutionize healthcare

MyHealthNS is a fully integrated online tool that connects patients with their doctors and other healthcare providers and allows them to access routine test results, medical histories, ask their family doctor questions and book appointments through a secure portal. It’s the first of its kind in Canada. “I practiced in Nova Scotia for approximately 27…