Posts Categorized: News at CHE

U of T engineers aim to close emergency medical services gap in developing countries

For North Americans, it can be easy to take emergency medical services (EMS) for granted. But in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh there is no EMS system, no centralized ambulances, and no 911 service. Justin Boutilier, a PhD candidate in industrial engineering working under the supervision of Professor Timothy Chan (MIE), hopes to close this health-services gap in developing countries.

Full article: U of T Engineering News

News Item – AEDs Save Lives But AEDs in Hiding are Rendered Useless

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) save lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest. However even when the lifesaving devices are widely deployed, they are not always available when needed, according to a new study reported at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. To address the issue, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation calls for 24/7 access to the lifesaving devices.

Full articles at Huffington Post.

Similar news items:

  1. Lifesaving devices locked up (Global News, 11 Nov 15)
  2. Ensuring defibrillators are accessible when heart attacks are most likely to happen (Medical Xpress (Online), 11 Nov 15)
  3. Ensuring Defibrillators are Accessible When Heart Attacks Happen (Medical Design Technology (Online), 11 Nov 15)
  4. Q&A with Christopher Sun from University of Toronto: Automated External Defibrillators Only as Good as Ability to Reach Them (HCPLive (Online), 11 Nov 15)
  5. AEDs often inaccessible to bystanders, especially at night (, 10 Nov 15)
  6. Defibrillators: making sure they’re accessible when and where heart attacks are most likely to happen (UoT News, 10 Nov 15)
  7. Improve defibrillator accessibility to save more lives: study (Health Canal (Online), 10 Nov 15)
  8. Studies analyze CPR practices, AED placement (Scientific Sessions Daily News American Heart Association, 9 Nov 15)
  9. Lifesaving Defibrillators Often Behind Locked Doors, Study Finds (Northwest Indiana Times (Online), US News & World Report (Online), 9 Nov 15; Doctors Lounge (Online), (Online), EHE&Me (Online), Health Day (Online), Health Finder (Online), (Online),, Merritt Island Surgery Center (Online), Philadelphia Media Network (Online), 7 Nov 15)
  10. Improve defibrillator accessibility to save more lives: study (St. Michael’s Hospital Newsroom, 7 Nov 15)
  11. Life-saving AEDs often in locked buildings when needed (Medical News Today (Online), 7 Nov 15)
  12. Resuscitation Science Tip Sheet (Tamar Securities (Online), Virtual-strategy magazine (Online), 7 Nov 15)


Press Release – Professor Dionne Aleman honoured with INFORMS Moving Spirit Award

Congratulations to MIE Professor Dionne Aleman, who was recently honoured with the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) 2015 Moving Spirit Award.

The award recognizes her contributions to the organization’s Junior Faculty Interest Group (JFIG). JFIG aims to create a forum to increase junior faculty interaction with each other, with senior faculty, and with industry, and to provide opportunities for networking and collaborative research. Professor Aleman received this year’s award for her outstanding and sustained contributions to the forum.

Full article at: MIE News

Press Release – Improving defibrillator accessibility to save more lives

Walking through an office building on St. George Street, Christopher Sun (EngSci 1T3+PEY, IndE PhD candidate) quickly spots a portable automated external defibrillator (AED), conveniently tucked near the side of the entrance. From 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., its accessibility could be vital in saving a life.

However, after 9 p.m. when the building closes, it is almost as if the AED isn’t there.

That’s what Sun’s research is examining, alongside Professor Timothy Chan (MIE) and in collaboration with St. Michael’s Hospital and its Rescu program, led by Dr. Laurie Morrison.

Full article at: U of T Engineering News.

Project Option for M.Eng. Certificate in Healthcare Engineering

Here is new information on the project option for the MEng Certificate in Healthcare Engineering at the University of Toronto.

NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplements for 3 Faculty Members Affiliated to CHE

Of the 55 engineering professors included in the U of T investment, six received prestigious Discovery Accelerator Supplements. These awards are designed to maximize the impact of those researchers with programs that are highly rated in terms of originality and innovation, and who show strong potential to become international leaders.


Read full article at U of T Engineering News.

Early Researcher Award from Government of Ontario to Faculty Affiliated to CHE

Professor Birsen Donmez (MIE) is an expert in human adaptation to technology and designing feedback to guide operator behaviour. Her project will compare different types of in-vehicle technologies, such as dashboard displays, smartphones, smart watches and Google Glass, with respect to driver distraction.


Read full article at U of T Engineering News.

CHE Obtains OCE Grant with Mackenzie Health

The Center for Healthcare Engineering is excited to partner with Mackenzie Health Richmond Hill Hospital, who was recently awarded an OCE grant to conduct a study on their new Innovation Unit. The Innovation Unit is outfit with “smart” beds that have a triage nurse call system and can collect data about a patient’s room. Each medical professional in the unit is outfit with an RFID tag and a portable cellular device to allow them to be better equipped to handle patient needs.

CHE will be leading a simulation study based on the Internet of Things approach the hospital is using in this unit. The purpose of the study will be to analyse how intelligent rules for alerts will impact the workflow. These rules concentrate mostly on how patient calls are routed to nurses. A discrete simulation model will be constructed to test these rules and try to see which ones can be implemented to create positive changes in workflow.

We are delighted to work alongside Professor Nicole Mittmann, who will be leading a healthcare economic study on the Innovation Unit.

Timothy Chan named U of T Engineering’s newest Canada Research Chair

Professor Timothy Chan (MIE) has been named the Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Novel Optimization and Analytics in Health.

Read full article at U of T Engineering News.

Launch of new CHE site

Welcome to our new site! Formerly known as the Centre for Research in Healthcare Engineering, we have relaunched the new Centre for Healthcare Engineering with new leadership and a renewed focus on research in healthcare systems engineering and education for industry professionals.

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