Posts Categorized: News Item

Press Release – Ontario Investing in Health Care Research

As part of this announcement, the following research hospitals in Toronto will be receiving funding:

  • Close to $4.49 million for nine projects at the Hospital for Sick Children, including research on improving early diagnosis of rare diseases and pediatric cancers;
  • Close to $1.36 million for six projects at the University Health Network, including research on cancer, arthritis, preventing falls and improving the patient experience;
  • More than $720,000 for two projects at Sinai Health System, including infrastructure to study DNA for drug development and tools to study proteins and small molecules; and
  • $280,000 for two projects at St. Michael’s Hospital, including research on personalized treatment for spine disorders and alternatives to leg amputation.

Full article at: Ministry of Health

News Item – Tech in T.O.: Figure 1 app helps medical professionals examine cases from around the world

People can spend hours scrolling through social media feeds filled with pictures, captions and videos and the photos are of scenic views or selfies, but one app is combining social media and the field of medicine to help healthcare professionals diagnose unique illnesses around the world.

Figure 1 was founded in 2013 by Dr. Joshua Landy.

“I’ve always been a bit of a theatrical teacher, and in medicine there’s a lot to learn. So being able to find ways to make it interesting are the keys to making it stick. I think these days the easiest way to do that is with social media,” said Landy.

Full article at: Global News

Press Release – Ontario One Step Closer to Creating 15,000 New Long-Term Care Beds

Ontario is now accepting applications from current and potential operators to build new long-term care beds and redevelop existing ones in Ontario. These long-term care beds are part of the government’s commitment to build 15,000 new beds and redevelop 15,000 existing beds over five years.

To date, the government has allocated 7,889 new beds, fulfilling more than 50 per cent of that commitment.

Full article at: Ministry of Long-Term Care

Blog – Keeping patients from falling through the cracks in Canada’s health-care system

One of the greatest shortcomings with healthcare in Canada is that far too many patients fall through cracks in the system. Now, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) has released its updated policies that it hopes will prevent patients from being harmed.

“Continuity of care” refers to the quality of patient care over time. The American Academy of Family Practice defines it as “the process by which the patient and his/her physician-led care team are cooperatively involved in ongoing health care management toward the shared goal of high quality, cost-effective medical care.”

In simple terms, it’s the assurance that a requested CT scan or referral to a specialist actually take place. It also means that everyone who plays a role in the patient’s care is up to speed.

Full article at: CBC News

Press Release – WHO welcomes landmark UN declaration on universal health coverage

Today world leaders adopted a high-level United Nations Political Declaration on universal health coverage (UHC), the most comprehensive set of health commitments ever adopted at this level.

“This declaration represents a landmark for global health and development,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General at WHO. “The world has 11 years left to make good on its sustainable development goals. Universal health coverage is key to ensuring that happens.”

He added: “Universal health coverage is a political choice: today world leaders have signaled their readiness to make that choice. I congratulate them.”

Full article at: WHO

News Item – Surrey teen’s cardiac arrest leaves family pleading for defibrillators in schools

Alex Gomez, who was then just 14 years old, had unexpectedly gone into cardiac arrest. He would spend the next 12 hours in a coma.

And Esmeralda Gomez said her son might not have survived at all if it hadn’t been for the lifeguards from an adjoining pool who rushed into the gym, used an automated external defibrillator (AED) on him and then performed CPR.

“The doctors at (BC Children’s Hospital) said if he didn’t have the AED machine used, he wouldn’t be here today,” Gomez said.

Full article at: CTV News

News Item – Precision medicine helping more people survive blood cancers: report

The Canadian Cancer Society estimates that around 21,000 Canadians will be diagnosed with blood cancers in 2019 — representing about 10 per cent of all cancers.

And those Canadians stand a better chance today than they did 30 years ago. Since the early 1990s, survival rates for the most common blood cancers have increased by nearly 40 per cent, according to a Canadian Cancer Society report published Wednesday.

Full article at: Global News

News Item – Drug delivery by drone: Medication flown to Salt Spring Island in first-ever Canadian trial

No, it’s not the latest strategy from 21st-century drug dealers but, rather, the possible future for Canadians who live in remote areas and require medication.

Earlier this month, Canada Post, London Drugs and InDro Robotics successfully flew pharmaceuticals by drone from Vancouver Island to multiple locations on Salt Spring Island as a part of a test program.

Full article at: Global News

Newsletter – UofT Institute for Healthcare Improvement (Aug 2019)

The articles in this issue are:

  • Executive Leadership Team Applications
  • Collaborating for Quality – Call for Facilitators
  • Check out our website

Read newsletter from: UofT Institute for Healthcare Improvement

News Item – Poll suggests Canadians ready for more health-care technology, virtual care

A new poll suggests the majority of Canadians are ready to embrace more technology in health care, and it seems many would even trust a private company like Google or Apple with personal data if that meant 24-hour access to their doctor.

The report, titled “The Future of Connected Health Care,” found many respondents believed technology can reduce wait times and improve access through virtual visits, and that robot-assisted surgery can improve overall health.

The Ipsos poll was conducted between June 26 and July 2 on behalf of the Canadian Medical Association. Its findings were released Thursday.

Full article at: CTV News

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