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  • Bots vs. burnout: Waterloo physician developing automated software to reduce administrative workload

    Bots vs. burnout: Waterloo physician developing automated software to reduce administrative workload

    Dr. Mohamed Alarakhia is teaching “Bernie” the bot to manage and follow up on lab test results

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  • Hacking medicine: How two young innovators are rethinking ways of manipulating the body

    Hacking medicine: How two young innovators are rethinking ways of manipulating the body

    Medical student Brandon Spink and Dr. Abhi Cherukupalli are creating devices that could revolutionize how concussions are prevented and wrist fractures are treated in future

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  • Mapping disease: medical students create tool to track COVID-19 through antibody testing

    Mapping disease: medical students create tool to track COVID-19 through antibody testing

    How SeroTracker is synthesizing serology studies from 71 countries to help public health officials respond to the pandemic

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  • Pandemic pivot: Winnipeg psychiatrist launches virtual mental health ward in face of COVID-19 restrictions

    Pandemic pivot: Winnipeg psychiatrist launches virtual mental health ward in face of COVID-19 restrictions

    Dr. Jennifer Hensel sees pandemic as an opportunity to test new model of care for mental health services

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  • Behind the innovation challenge: Montreal team sprints to manufacture low-cost ventilators for the world

    Behind the innovation challenge: Montreal team sprints to manufacture low-cost ventilators for the world

    With the supply of ventilators dwindling during the pandemic, Joule COVID-19 Innovation grant recipient sparks a global challenge to increase the stockpile.

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  • Swift smartphone app to monitor wounds expands to help more than 450,000 patients per month

    Swift smartphone app to monitor wounds expands to help more than 450,000 patients per month

    This Joule Innovation grant recipient continues to transform the treatment of chronic wounds, with new technology adopted by more than 3,900 health care institutions across the continuum of care.

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  • A bold step: Integrated model of dementia care expanding in 2021

    A bold step: Integrated model of dementia care expanding in 2021

    With her model already established in 117 communities, this Joule Innovation grant winner is expanding MINT memory clinics beyond Ontario.

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  • A breakthrough: long-lasting antimicrobial coating could help prevent infectious disease transmission

    A breakthrough: long-lasting antimicrobial coating could help prevent infectious disease transmission

    Working with Vancouver start-up Ionomr Innovations Inc., Dr. Heidi Britton is re-imagining how a product derived from the same material as space suits could help combat the spread of COVID-19.

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  • Necessity breeds innovation: East coast family comes together to redesign the N95

    Necessity breeds innovation: East coast family comes together to redesign the N95

    Dr. Susan Ripley and Takaya Technology Inc. have re-engineered the N95 mask for improved effectiveness and comfort.

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  • There must be a better way: sanitization robot invented to speed up COVID-19 cleaning protocols

    There must be a better way: sanitization robot invented to speed up COVID-19 cleaning protocols

    With new COVID-19 cleaning protocols adding to surgical wait times, Dr. Joseph Ma and Bionic-i™ create a sanitization device to increase efficiency in operating rooms and beyond

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  • Medical students unite to alleviate seniors’ isolation during COVID-19

    Medical students unite to alleviate seniors’ isolation during COVID-19

    Grassroots program scales to continue providing companionship to seniors, one call at a time

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  • Buying in bulk: PPE Access pilot takes on community demand

    Buying in bulk: PPE Access pilot takes on community demand

    How a community PPE drive led to a co-op purchase program.

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  • Taking stock during times of high stress: risk factors and red flags

    Taking stock during times of high stress: risk factors and red flags

    Health care professionals have been facing intense uncertainty and demand due to the pandemic, making it tough to see personal wellness risks. Dr. Michael Kaufmann shares red flags to look out for.

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  • How to lead with compassion in times of crisis

    How to lead with compassion in times of crisis

    COVID-19 has upended health systems. Organizational psychologist Michael West explains the principles of compassionate leadership and how leaders can use it to overcome the hurdles they’re facing.

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  • Preparing for the unknown: mental readiness lessons from the military

    Preparing for the unknown: mental readiness lessons from the military

    First-year resident Dr. Stephanie Smith explains STRIVE, the mental readiness model she learned in the military, and how physicians can use it to deal with pressures from the pandemic.

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  • For physician parents: helping children understand risks and reduce fears

    For physician parents: helping children understand risks and reduce fears

    Dr. Jared Bullard shares his advice on discussing COVID-19 with children, reducing their anxiety and tips to help them stay safe and healthy.

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  • How to build resilience in uncertain times

    How to build resilience in uncertain times

    Grounding his work in academic theory, Dr. Ron Epstein explains how physicians can use mindfulness to manage stress and build resilience in times of uncertainty.

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  • The walking wounded: supporting physicians after the COVID-19 crisis

    The walking wounded: supporting physicians after the COVID-19 crisis

    Many frontline workers are coping with difficult moral decisions during COVID-19. Based on his experience in Rwanda, Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire provides insights into managing the risk of PTSD.

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  • Running on empty: how to fuel your body and mind for challenging times

    Running on empty: how to fuel your body and mind for challenging times

    How should you tend to your well-being during times of high stress and heavy workload? Maryam Hamidi shares practical tips to support your health through nutrition, hydration and sleep.

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  • Innovation at work: anticipating infectious disease outbreaks

    Innovation at work: anticipating infectious disease outbreaks

    BlueDot, Dr. Kamran Khan’s AI health company, sent the first warnings of COVID-19.

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