CHIA nominations deadline: March 21

The Canadian Health Informatics Awards (CHIA) are now open for 2016 to salute the innovation, leadership and excellence that are the building blocks of effective patient care and a resilient, sustainable health system. Pay tribute to the outstanding HI professionals, teams, projects and companies that make healthcare work with a 2016 CHIA nomination. This peer-based…

Aaron Hilton

Virtual reality & 3D printing are changing medicine

Virtual reality could be the next instrument in a hospital’s arsenal of cost-fighting tools as nurse teams demo a surgery simulator that makes training feel like a video game. Surrey Memorial Hospital and several U.S. medical centres are testing software invented by a British Columbia tech company that provides an immersive 3D environment, which it…

James Lee

Pharmaceutical packaging that talks to your phone

A London, Ont. packaging company is leaping into the future with new “smart” pharmaceutical packaging that will talk to your smartphone. By next year, Jones Packaging will be turning out a carton that will deter counterfeiting and product tampering and tell you everything you need to know about the medication through the Internet. The company…

Tanya Beran

Robotics are transforming the healthcare industry

Robots are becoming more mainstream, especially in the healthcare industry. Robotics can help healthcare organizations reduce costs by automating repetitive tasks and improve care by interacting with children and the elderly. Hospitals in particular are embracing robotics. Here are some examples of robotics being used in healthcare in Canada, the U.S. and other countries. •…

Dr Mark Bayley

TO Rehab tech event showcases promising new ideas

From an easy toilet reno to a prosthetic arm, new ideas abounded at the recent event held at the Toronto Rehab Institute’s (TRI) 11th annual Research Day. Similar to contestants on Dragon’s Den or Shark Tank, university student research teams pitched their next big biomedical idea. “The older, more senior generations may, quite frankly, consider some of…


New accelerator takes healthcare ideas to market

By Rosie Lombardi

Doctors are often able to scrounge the funds and resources needed to develop prototypes of their ideas for healthcare technology solutions – but they lack the business expertise or funding to get to the next step of commercialization. To tackle this, several Canadian organizations recently joined forces to create a business accelerator that invests exclusively…