Innovation and digital health

  • 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 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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  • Secrets of success: how one hospital partnered with private industry to build a virtual care platform

    Secrets of success: how one hospital partnered with private industry to build a virtual care platform

    Virtual health company Maple helped Western Hospital kickstart a tele-rounding project in less than six months.

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  • Helping your patients get comfortable with virtual care: a how-to guide

    Helping your patients get comfortable with virtual care: a how-to guide

    With physical distancing measures in place, virtual care services have been propelled into the mainstream to help doctors and their patients connect safely at a distance.

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  • Using AI to ease troubled minds: a remarkable search to improve treatment for depression

    Using AI to ease troubled minds: a remarkable search to improve treatment for depression

    Dr. David Benrimoh and his start-up, Aifred Health, are applying AI technology to break the “guess and check” cycle of depression treatment. Post-Joule Innovation grant, here’s what is helping them to

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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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  • Keep calm and turn your phone on: 12 doctor-approved medical apps

    Keep calm and turn your phone on: 12 doctor-approved medical apps

    Medical apps are everywhere. Dr. Chandi Chandrasena shares what doctors should consider before they download an app as well as which she recommends.

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  • Q&A: We asked four experts five questions about innovation and the future of hospitals

    Q&A: We asked four experts five questions about innovation and the future of hospitals

    How do you imagine the future of hospitals? We spoke with four experts in this area―to get their insight on innovation in hospitals, their visions for the future and how we can get there.

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  • Convergence: how three technologies inspired one solution to help surgeons

    Convergence: how three technologies inspired one solution to help surgeons

    Edgcumbe’s true aspiration for the Pico Lantern is for it to evolve from novel, innovative idea to tried and true product that's making a difference for patients.

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  • How can digital technology improve patient safety?

    How can digital technology improve patient safety?

    Dr. Nada Gawad shares her inspiration for the app, the value of teamwork in turning her vision into reality and tackling some obstacles in innovation.

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  • Teamwork: that’s the ticket to hatching patient-centered design

    Teamwork: that’s the ticket to hatching patient-centered design

    Lewis shares the story behind Flutter Wear from her original idea to flying to Hatching Health to find a team and how she hopes to continue developing the tool to support expectant mothers.

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  • Emergency medicine without borders

    Emergency medicine without borders

    Recent initiatives to improve access to technology and training in emergency medicine in very different parts of the world.

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  • The hospital of the future

    The hospital of the future

    On this episode of Boldly, Charles Choi speaks to his Joule Innovation Council mentor, Dr. Tatiana Rac. Their conversation covers Choi’s journey as co-created VitalEyes.

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