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News Item – Campaign aims to map Toronto-area defibrillators

A new initiative aims to map every defibrillator in the Toronto area in an effort to save lives.

The GTA Heart Map Challenge, launched on Sunday, invites members of the public to take part in an app-based scavenger hunt to map the precise location of Automated External Defibrillators.

There are an estimated 20,000 AEDs in Toronto, but fewer than 10 per cent are officially registered, according to Dr. Mali Worme, a co-founder of the challenge and a cardiology resident at the University of Toronto.

Full article at: Global News

Press Release – New plan to modernize home and community care in Ontario

Ontario is introducing the Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act and posting proposed new regulations under the Connecting Care Act, 2019 to bring an outdated system into the 21st century.

Full article at: Ministry of Health

News Item – How one hospital tackles hallway medicine, starting in the emergency room

One Ontario hospital is trying to lessen its “hallway medicine” problem by forming a new team of health-care workers in its emergency room with the aim of reducing admission rates among seniors.

The “ED One Team” at Sunnybrook Health Sciences in Toronto launched in late October and is already showing evidence of success, according to figures provided by hospital officials that suggest a nearly five per cent drop in admissions.

Full article at: CBC News

News Item – Canada is lagging on ‘virtual’ health care: medical association

Canadians are making unnecessary visits to their doctors’ offices and hospitals as the public health-care system lags behind other countries and the private sector in “virtual” care, according to a task force led by the Canadian Medical Association.

Canada was once considered to be at the forefront of virtual medicine with the introduction of telehealth consultations some 30 years ago, but members of the task force say the country’s public health care systems have failed to adapt as technology has progressed.

Full article at: Global News

News Item – New coronavirus study places incubation period at around 5 days

The period between exposure to the new coronavirus that originated in China and symptoms is 5.2 days on average, but varies greatly among patients, according to one of the largest studies yet published on the deadly epidemic.

While admitting that the estimate is “imprecise,” the Chinese team behind a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) on Wednesday said their findings support a 14-day medical observation period for people exposed to the pathogen.

Full article at: CTV News

Press Release – Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy survey, 2019

The Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy surveys fill important information gaps by polling patients and providers in 11 developed countries. The 2019 edition focuses on primary care physicians and provides an important perspective on how well primary care — a key area of health care — is operating in Canada and internationally, and where improvements could be made. Our companion chartbook provides international and provincial comparisons on the following topics.

Full article at: Canadian Institute for Health Information

News Item – AI detects breast cancer as accurately as expert radiologists, study finds

A Google artificial intelligence system proved as good as expert radiologists at detecting which women had breast cancer based on screening mammograms and showed promise at reducing errors, researchers in the United States and Britain reported.

The study, published in the journal Nature on Wednesday, is the latest to show that artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to improve the accuracy of screening for breast cancer, which affects one in eight women globally.

Radiologists miss about 20 per cent of breast cancers in mammograms, the American Cancer Society says, and half of all women who get the screenings over a 10-year period have a false positive result.

Full article at: CBC News

Press release – CHE affiliate elected Fellows of the Engineering Institute of Canada

Four U of T Engineering professors and one alumnus are included in the latest cohort of individuals to be elected fellows of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC). The appointments honour their exceptional contributions to engineering in Canada.

“On behalf of the Faculty, congratulations to the new fellows on this well-deserved honour,” said Christopher Yip, Dean of U of T Engineering. “EIC’s recognition of so many U of T Engineering community members reflects our track record of excellence across a wide range of sectors and research fields.”

Since 2007, 38 U of T Engineering faculty members have been appointed as EIC fellows. The 2019 recipients include:

Professor Michael Carter (MIE)

Carter is the founder and director of the U of T Centre for Research in Healthcare Engineering. Carter is recognized internationally as a leader in systems engineering approaches to healthcare, and his research has influenced health policy and practice throughout Canada.

Full article at: U of T Engineering News

Press Release – From automated vehicles to operating rooms: Human Factors researcher Birsen Donmez studies human and technology integration

If you have dreams of reading a book or taking a nap while your self-driving car safely navigates city streets, you will have to wait awhile.

That’s according to Professor Birsen Donmez who works in the field of Human Factors, one of eight research areas at the University of Toronto’s Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE).

Human factors engineering is the study of human and technology integration. Donmez and her research group, the Human Factors & Applied Statistics Lab (HFASt), use a driving simulator to study different automated vehicle systems with the goal of making them as safe as possible.

Donmez’s interests extend beyond automated vehicle research and into the healthcare sector. One of her other main projects is studying distractions and interruptions faced by healthcare personnel in operating rooms.

Full article at: MIE News

News Item – ‘Bed blockers’ costing Ottawa hospitals millions

On a typical day, Ottawa hospitals spend more than a quarter of a million dollars caring for patients who are occupying beds they don’t really need.

Over the course of a week, the cost of caring for those so-called “bed blockers” — patients who should be receiving a more appropriate level of care elsewhere, but who are left languishing in hospitals because they have nowhere else to go — amounts to nearly $1.8 million.

Full article at: CBC News

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