IIT–Reacts is now a Philips company to support developments in virtual collaboration globally

Over the past 10 years, global health technology leader Philips has undertaken a major transformation of its business to develop technological solutions in healthcare. Montreal-based Reacts is now a Philips Centre of excellence for digital healthcare collaboration. The Reacts teams’ expertise will strengthen Philips’ technological developments in virtual collaboration globally.

A few key points :

● Reacts and Philips have been collaborating since 2015. Discussions on developing a deeper collaboration intensified in 2018, after the successful integration of REACTS into Philips’ Lumify portable ultrasound system which has become the world’s first secure and integrated teleultrasound solution.

● IIT-Reacts allows Philips to add a unique expertise to its range of technological innovations. As for Reacts, this partnership will provide access to an exceptional commercialization force, allowing it to accelerate and expand its development in the context of the growing needs for remote collaboration in healthcare.

● Reacts' team and head office remain in Montreal with Dr Yanick Beaulieu, founder and creator of Reacts, staying as a strategic lead for the Reacts team and becomes Head of Clinical solutions for Philips Ultrasound. The unique know-how of the Montreal-based Reacts team is a key element for Philips.

● The Reacts platform is already deployed in more than 80 countries and incorporates interactive virtual tools, such as augmented reality, multi stream video conferencing and interactive multimedia content overlay.

● Reacts is used in both clinical and educational settings and allows health professionals to interact remotely, in a dynamic way, for various uses from teleconsultations, secure messaging, remote wound care, teleultrasound, to interactive telesurgical assistance and remote procedural supervision.

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The CIUSSS du Nord-de-l'Île-de-Montréal deploys Reacts as its secure communication tool

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MONTREALMarch 28, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - In the field of healthcare, protecting data security and confidentiality is key. That's why the CIUSSS du Nord-de-l'Île-de-Montréal has adopted Reacts, a collaborative platform designed to meet the stringent performance and security standards of Québec's network of health and social service providers.

Reacts is a secure, integrated platform that combines instant messaging, secure file sharing and transfers, videoconferencing and interactive skills assessment functionalities with innovative features such as augmented reality and real-time image overlays. It will enable the CIUSSS du Nord-de-l'Île-de-Montréal to streamline its operations across its many locations. The platform is certified by the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec and supported by the Canadian Medical Association.

Quotes:

"To underscore and accelerate its digital transition, the CIUSSS du Nord-de-l'Île-de-Montréal chose to implement innovative tools that will facilitate improved access to care as well as an improved ability to deliver high-quality services to the population. We are very pleased to adopt Reacts."

Frédéric Abergel, President and CEO of the CIUSSS du Nord-de-l'Île-de-Montréal

"We're thrilled to contribute to the digital transformation unfolding at the CIUSSS du Nord-de-l'Île-de-Montréal. Integrating the Reacts platform will allow the organization to implement new healthcare models that will enhance secure communication and collaboration between its team members, their patients and their families."

Dr. Yanick Beaulieu, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Innovative Imaging Technologies

Key facts:

Reacts is a secure digital collaboration platform created by Québec-based Innovative Imaging Technologies Inc. It boasts a wide range of tools designed to meet the multiple remote collaboration needs of healthcare professionals while ensuring a secure virtual environment.

The application has been deployed across various disciplines in both clinical and educational settings for uses ranging from secure messaging and teleconsultations, to remote training and procedural supervision. It can also be used for remote wound care, tele-ultrasound, and interactive tele-surgical assistance.

About Reacts
Reacts (Remote Education, Augmented Communication, Training and Supervision), is a secure, integrated, collaborative platform, created by Quebec-based Innovative Imaging Technologies Inc. (IIT), that provides a variety of features designed to suit the multiple remote collaboration needs of healthcare professionals. It incorporates innovative tools like augmented reality, simultaneous sharing of multiple video streams, and interactive multimedia content overlays. Reacts is used in over 50 countries, in both clinical and educational settings. IIT develops strategic partnerships with medical equipment manufacturers and innovative organizations medical associations such as Joule, a Canadian Medical Association company. For more information, visit www.reacts.com.

About CIUSSS du Nord-de-l'Île-de-Montréal
Encompassing 26 healthcare facilities in five boroughs of northern Montreal, the CIUSSS du Nord-de-l'Île-de-Montréal is mandated with developing and administering healthcare and social services for the area's 436,000 residents. The organization also delivers specialized services to 1.8 million Quebeckers in other regions, mainly regarding trauma care and respiratory, cardiac and mental health. An affiliate of the Université de Montréal, the CIUSSS du Nord-de-l'Île-de-Montréal's research is focused on three areas: biomedicine, social research and childhood and adolescent mental health.

 

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Montreal’s Reacts Platform Selected by Global Leader Philips to Revolutionize Remote Collaboration in Portable Ultrasound

Montreal’s Reacts Platform Selected by Global Leader Philips to Revolutionize Remote Collaboration in Portable Ultrasound

Montreal, March 26, 2018– Innovative Imaging Technologies Inc. (IIT) is proud to announce that global health technology leader Philips has selected its Reacts collaborative platform for integration into the Philips Lumify portable ultrasound system, which will become the world’s first integrated tele-ultrasound solution. This ground-breaking innovation connects clinicians around the globe in real time by turning a compatible smart device into an integrated tele-ultrasound machine, combining two-way audio and visual calls with live ultrasound streaming via Reacts. This innovation in point-of-care ultrasound brings endless possibilities to its users both inside and outside hospital walls.

Integration of the Reacts technology, developed by Montreal-based IIT, now enables live sharing of the Philips Lumify ultrasound stream, as well as the bidirectional sharing of audio, webcam video stream and interactive virtual pointers. This innovation thereby provides limitless opportunities to portable ultrasound users, free of any geographical barriers.

Through this intuitive, easy-to-use integrated system, clinicians can now:

  1. Launch a Reacts session and begin a remote face-to-face conversation on their Lumify ultrasound system.
  2. Flip the camera on their smart device to show the ultrasound probe positioning.
  3. Share the Lumify ultrasound stream, so both parties are simultaneously viewing the live ultrasound image and probe positioning, while discussing and interacting through the Reacts platform

“The unprecedented mobility and reliability of Philips Lumify with Reacts will open up new doors for the way clinicians collaborate, educate and train,” said Randy Hamlin, Point-of-Care Business Leader, Philips. “This all-in-one tele-ultrasound solution will change care delivery by bringing even more confidence to ultrasound clinicians and removing longstanding barriers in education, support and training.”

 Integrating Reacts to Lumify’s Portable Ultrasound System Shatters Barriers

Reacts’ integration with Lumify enables clinicians to connect and collaborate in real time like never before. This solution can help optimize patient care by bringing experts into an ultrasound exam anywhere in the world. Here are some possible uses:

  • A professor can go on virtual ultrasound rounds with students, helping them learn anatomy and probe positioning quickly and efficiently, unrestricted by location
  • A doctor can consult a colleague and collaborate using live streaming ultrasound.
  • A midwife in a remote location can call upon an obstetrician who is miles away to receive perspective and guidance, discussing the ultrasound exam as if they were in the same room.
  • In acute care, Lumify with Reacts allows an emergency medical technician in an ambulance to stream the live ultrasound exam and discuss a patient’s condition with an emergency department physician, expediting appropriate care delivery upon arrival.

“Philips was the ideal partner for this revolutionary collaboration. Reacts’ secure, versatile and interactive collaboration platform deployed on technology solutions like Lumify can change education and patient care models and enable a positive disruptive change to healthcare ” said Yanick Beaulieu, MD, FRCPC, CEO of IIT and creator of Reacts.

 The Reacts interactive collaboration platform integrated with the Philips Lumify mobile ultrasound system will be available in Canada and globally, everywhere Lumify is sold.

About Reacts

Reacts (Remote Education, Augmented Communication, Training and Supervision), is a secure, integrated, collaborative platform with unique and unparalleled interactive tools designed to suit the multiple collaborative needs of healthcare professionals and patients. It incorporates innovative tools, like augmented reality, for remote virtual guidance, supervision and training. It was created by Quebec-based Innovative Imaging Technologies Inc. (IIT). Its President, Dr. Yanick Beaulieu, leads a multi-disciplinary team specialized in multimedia and software development. Reacts is being used in 28 countries and has been deployed across various disciplines in both clinical and educational settings for uses going from secure messaging, remote wound care, tele-ultrasound, teleconsultations, to interactive tele-surgical assistance and remote procedural supervision. IIT is currently collaborating with several major hospitals in Québec, Canada and abroad, as well as innovation and health care focused organizations like Joule, a Canadian Medical Association company. For more information, visit:  www.reacts.com

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Pauline Ferrand

Prospek

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Quebec University Hospital’s Telehealth Coordination Centre selects Reacts to support its telepathology service

Montreal, November 2nd, 2017 – Innovative Imaging Technologies Inc. (IIT) is proud to announce that the Telehealth Coordination Centre (TCC) at the Quebec University Hospital Centre (UHC) - Laval University, has selected Reacts to support its telepathology service’s extemporaneous macroscopy component.

Reacts: a key asset for remote macroscopy examination

Since 2006, the Laval University Integrated Regional Health Network has been implementing a telepathology service to improve diagnostic support to Eastern Quebec’s facilities, given the shortage of pathologists in remote areas. This service is provided in 21 healthcare facilities across Eastern Quebec, making it one of North America’s most ambitious programs and one of the world’s most important of its kind.

Telepathology is a specialized field of telemedecine that consists in providing remote pathology services using a slide scanner, a telecommunication network and a work station for the consulting pathologist.1 This service enables pathologists to examine surgical specimens remotely in real time. Reacts will be used for that specific purpose, replacing the conventional videoconferencing codecs currently used in facilities associated with the Quebec University Hospital Centre’s TCC.

A unique program

The telepathology services offered by the Telehealth Coordination Centre at Quebec’s UHC stands out due to the range and scope of its objectives, the four most importantof which are:

  1. Ensuring extemporaneous services are available across its entire territory at all times
  2. Secure substantial gains in terms of service delivery time and quality for surgical personnel in remote areas by avoiding repeated interventions or delays due to the lack of medical staff, among other benefits
  3. Facilitate the recruiting and retention of surgeons in remote areas to improve regionalization and bring services closer to various communities
  4. Curb professional isolation by enabling pathologists in remote areas to obtain feedback from colleagues faster and more frequently

“Telepathology can provide significant assistance when no pathologist is physically present in the facility where the sample is taken,” said Dr. Yanick Beaulieu, Founding President of IIT. “Reacts provides high-quality videoconferencing capabilities and a wide range of interactive collaboration tools in a highly secured platform, thereby enabling pathologists to interact remotely with technicians and provide precision guidance during the macroscopic examination of surgical specimen. We are proud to support the telepathology program’s extemporaneous macroscopy component.”

"Compared to current networks used elsewhere in the world, leveraging real-time macroscopic examination as part of the telepathology process is a unique component of the Quebec University Hospital Center’s TCC’s network," said Dr. Bernard Têtu, pathologist and network founder, who still uses telepathology.

“Reacts is an innovative, low-cost technology suited for providing videoconferencing services for extemporaneous macroscopy,” said Olga Paquin, Department Head, Telehealth Coordination Centre, Quebec University Hospital Centre. “The positive results of tests conducted by the Quebec UHC’s TCC led Quebec’s Ministry of Health and Social Services to recommend the deployment and use of the Reacts solution, which safely meets the needs of this specialty’s clientele. Reacts’ innovative features make it a low-cost, secure and easy-to-deploy videoconferencing solution.”

Reacts will be rolled out to all 21 facilities across the territory serviced by the Quebec University Hospital Centre’s Telehealth Coordination Centre in 2018.

 About the Quebec University Hospital Centre - Laval University’s Telehealth Coordination Center

Four telehealth coordination centers (TCC’s) were created in 2015, following the implementation of the Quebec Health Ministry’s governance policy for telehealth. Each TCC covers one of the province’s four Regional Integrated Health Network (RUIS) territories, and is integrated with a University Hospital Center (UHC).

The Quebec UHC – Laval University’s TCC supports all institutions in the Laval RUIS territory, including seven health regions and ten different institutions, covering all of eastern Quebec. It serves a population of 1.7 million people.

The Quebec UHC - Laval University TCC’s team works in close collaboration with the 10 clinical and 10 technology telehealth pilots stationed in their institutions, to develop, implement and ensure monitoring of the telehealth network supporting all institutions within its service area.

For more information, visit the Quebec University Hospital Centre Telehealth Coordination Center’s website

About Reacts

Reacts

(Remote Education, Augmented Communication, Training and Supervision) is a secure, flexible and cutting-edge video-collaboration platform, created by Quebec-based Innovative Imaging Technologies Inc. (IIT). Its President, Dr. Yanick Beaulieu, leads a multi-disciplinary team specialized in multimedia and software development. This passionate team pushes the limits to create and perfect interactive audio-visual tools for remote communication within Reacts, in order to better meet the needs of both the general public and professionals worldwide. IIT is currently collaborating with several major hospitals in Qué bec, Canada and abroad, as well as innovation and health care focused organizations like Joule, a Canadian Medical Association company.  For more information, visit:  www.reacts.com

Sources:

  1. 2008. “Telepathology: Guidelines and technical standards, literature review” .
  2. Utilisation et impacts de la té lé pathologie au sein du RUIS Laval au Québec. Report submitted to Canada Health Infoway. August 13, 2013 Guy Paré , Julien Meyer and Marie-Claude Trudel, Canadian Research Chair - IT in the Healthcare Sector, HEC Montréal.

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Ève-Line Leduc

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Tel. 514 931-4000, poste 231


Joule, a Canadian Medical Association (CMA) company, teams up with Innovative Imaging Technologies to augment physician and patient realities

September 5, 2017 – Ottawa (ON) – Joule Inc., a subsidiary of the Canadian Medical Association, is collaborating with Montreal-based Innovative Imaging Technologies (IIT) to market Reacts, an interactive platform featuring augmented reality capabilities that enables secure, affordable and convenient communication between physicians, patients and other health care providers.

Since 2014, Reacts has offered integrated, secure communication tools such as multi-stream videoconferencing, file sharing (documents, videos, images, digital objects), live file transfer and simultaneous live chats. The platform enables physicians to deliver remote care, connect directly with colleagues and other health care workers anywhere in the country and can be used for sophisticated remote training purposes.

Joule, an aggregator of leading and cutting edge products and services, is pleased to bring Reacts to CMA members free of charge for three months. Following the three-month trial period, licenses can be purchased at a minimal annual fee.  The free trial period will be launching this fall.

“Having a secure online environment to share and connect on the delivery of care is more important than ever, especially for remote communities and individuals coping with mobility challenges,” says Joule CEO, Lindee David. Reacts brings remote physician-to-physician collaboration to a new level, helping any physician—despite their geographic location, be at their best.

IIT was founded in 2012 by Dr. Yanick Beaulieu, a Canadian physician innovator, to facilitate remote collaboration, assessment, education and to help people share information in a safe and easy way. “Reacts addresses a clear and pressing patient need,” explains Dr. Beaulieu. “Having a tool like Reacts that creates a rich virtual experience addresses this need and we’re thrilled to be sharing the innovative vision that Joule offers to the CMA membership.”

About Joule

Joule is an innovative company created by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) to provide CMA members with cutting-edge products and services and to help drive physician-led innovation. Through innovation grants and challenges, mentorship, collaborative relationships and by removing obstacles to commercialization, Joule is committed to making it easier for physicians to be innovators and entrepreneurs.

About Reacts

Reacts (Remote Education, Augmented Communication, Training and Supervision) is a digital collaborative communications platform, created by Quebec start-up Innovative Imaging Technologies Inc. (IIT). Its president, Dr. Yanick Beaulieu, leads a multidisciplinary team of multimedia and software development experts who deploy their considerable talents to produce innovative and visionary solutions. Reacts is currently being used by several large hospitals in Quebec and abroad. www.reacts.com

For more information, please contact:

Tamara Mason
Director, Marketing and Communications, Joule
613-899-1860


Innovative Imaging Technologies obtains $4 million in funding to accelerate commercialization of its Reacts platform

Montreal, June 13, 2016 – Innovative Imaging Technologies Inc. (IIT), which develops Reacts – an interactive, integrated and secure video-collaboration platform designed for the healthcare sector, among other industries – has just received $4 million in funding from 10 new investors.

Desjardins-Innovatech s.e.c.; Claridge Inc., Investissements W3; the Fonds de solidarité des travailleurs du Québec (F.T.Q.); the Fonds de solidarité FTQ Investissements croissance II, s.e.c.; Hacking Health Accelerator and four other private investors are investing in IIT to help expand Reacts across Canada and abroad.

Expanding beyond Quebec

“This investment is a sign of confidence and a major growth lever, that will enable us to accelerate our commercialization and tap into new markets ,” explained Dr. Yanick Beaulieu, president and CEO of IIT, cardiologist and critical care physician at Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal. “It also highlights the efforts of each and every member of our team, which will also be expanding.”

Since its launch in 2014, several medical organizations and hundreds of health professionals across Quebec have integrated Reacts in their daily activities. Moreover, this platform has also been used as part of several pilot projects for training and education. Development projects are currently underway in Ontario, France, the United States and China.

A low-cost, interactive experience called “hyperpresence”

Through its many functions, Reacts makes remote collaboration, education and supervision easier, while helping users share information and knowledge in a simple, secure, flexible and useful manner. Reacts provides video conferencing, secure messaging, file sharing and transfer, as well as application and screen sharing, while integrating innovative tools, such as augmented reality and real-time image overlay.

IIT’s mission consists in enabling users to communicate and collaborate through an integrated platform, thereby experiencing and creating rich virtual communications. This is revamped telepresence at its very best. This is “hyperpresence”.

In the healthcare sector, Reacts helps improve access to care, reduce costs, make services more efficient, and improve satisfaction among patients and healthcare professionals. Integrating this platform at the healthcare organization level is much more cost effective than installing conventional systems. Users subscribe to the Reacts platform through an annual licence starting at $84 (software as a service).

About Reacts

Reacts (Remote Education, Augmented Communication, Training and Supervision) is a secure, flexible and cutting-edge video-collaboration platform, created by Quebec-based Innovative Imaging Technologies (IIT). Its founder and president, Dr. Yanick Beaulieu, leads a multidisciplinary team specialized in multimedia and software development. This passionate team pushes the limits to create and perfect interactive audio-visual collaboration tools for remote communications via the Reacts platform. Initially developed to fill a void in healthcare solutions, Reacts is designed to meet the most demanding performance needs across all industries. For more information, visit www.reacts.com


Reacts selected by the University of Sherbrooke Integrated Health Network’s Telehealth Coordination Center to support their remote wound care assistance program

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Montreal, October 7th, 2015 – Innovative Imaging Technologies Inc. (IIT) is proud to announce the signing of an agreement with the Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre – Eastern Townships - University of Sherbrooke Hospital Centre (CIUSSS de l’Estrie - CHUS) for the use of its Reacts platform.

Within the framework of this partnership, Reacts will be deployed by the University of Sherbrooke (UdeS) Integrated Health Network’s Telehealth Coordination Centre in some 60 service points of its four RUIS territory facilities, in support of its Remote wound care assistance program.

Reacts, an ally for care providers

Launched in October of 2009, the TASP is the first telehealth service developed by the UdeS RUIS’ Cecot team, now recognized worldwide for its telehealth programs. The only service of its kind in Canada, the TASP allows expert nurses at the CHUS to assist remote nursing resources struggling with complex wound problems at each of the Eastern Townships CIUSSS-CHUS facilities’ points of service through virtual clinics.
Thanks to this program, patients can quickly access specialized care in their community, complications and emergency room visits are prevented, and time and money spent on travel is reduced. The Reacts collaborative platform’s innovative capabilities will allow these benefits to grow at all levels.

"The Reacts platform provides high quality video conferencing capabilities and a variety of interactive collaboration tools within a highly secure environment, which will allow TASP caregivers to interact with patients and healthcare professionals using their own mobile devices or computers," said President and Founder of IIT, Dr. Yanick Beaulieu. "We are proud to support the University of Sherbrooke Hospital Centre’s TASP program".

"We are pleased to acquire a technology solution that will allow us to remotely improve specialized wound care services to patients at home, in addition to continuing to serve CLSC, long-term care and nursing home and hospital centre patients with the same quality and security of service as we have in the last six years," cheers Sonia Quirion, Manager at the Telehealth Coordination Centre, University of Sherbrooke Integrated Health Network.

About Reacts

Reacts (Remote Education, Augmented Communication, Training and Supervision) is a secure video collaboration platform on the cutting edge of technology, created by Quebec’s Innovative Imaging Technologies Inc. (IIT). Its president, Dr. Yanick Beaulieu, leads a multidisciplinary team of multimedia and software development experts. Driven by passion for their work, this team pushes the boundaries to create and perfect interactive audio-video collaboration tools within Reacts to better meet the needs of the public and professionals around the world. IIT is currently working with several large hospitals in Quebec, Canada and abroad. To learn more, visit: www.iitreacts.com

About the CIUSSS de l’Estrie - CHUS

The enactment of the Act to modify the organization and governance of the health and social services network, in particular by abolishing the regional agencies brought together all of the Eastern Townships health institutions under one grouping, the CIUSSS Estrie - CHUS. The area now serviced extends from Lac-Mégantic to Granby with a population of over 450,000. Nearly all services, from prevention to ultra-specialized care, are now available directly from this organization, which employs over 17,000 employees and managers and over 1000 doctors.

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Élisa Baldet
elisa@prospek.ca
Cell. 514 467-2445


Reacts official launch

Launch of Reacts, a next generation digital platform that’s reinventing how we remotely interact.

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Montreal, November 5, 2014 – Today, Quebec start-up Innovative Imaging Technologies Inc. (IIT) officially launches Reacts, a digital collaborative communications platform that pushes the boundaries of what is possible. Created by Dr. Yanick Beaulieu, cardiologist-echocardiographer and intensivist at Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Medicine, the purpose of the platform is to facilitate virtual collaboration in various sectors, including health, education, public safety and technical support.

Reacts enables hyperpresence, making the virtual more real

This simple, flexible and intuitive platform offers advanced features to maximize interactivity and make virtual communications more real. “With Reacts, health professionals, for example, can teach, supervise and provide remote care as if they are right next to their patients, colleagues and other professionals. My team and I call this hyperpresence,” says Dr. Beaulieu.

Useful features for several sectors

Initially developed to respond to the need for such solutions in the health sector, Reacts has been designed to meet the highest performance and security standards for any industry. Reacts integrates video-conferencing, the sharing and transferring of files, such as digital objects, collaborative work, skills assessment, and application and screen sharing on a single platform. It also incorporates such innovative tools as augmented reality and real-time image overlay.

The current version of Reacts can significantly improve communications in several sectors:

Medicine: maximizing integrated and secure communication

Reacts enables healthcare professionals to teach, supervise and provide care at a distance in a safe and highly interactive manner. It also facilitates communication with patients, colleagues and other professionals.

Education: developing new teaching methods

Reacts offers innovative features for the development of distance teaching methods, using multimedia elements, augmented reality and checklists. Reacts takes interactive education to a whole new level.

Public safety: emergency situations

Reacts allows for the live evaluation of remote events transmitted by personnel on the scene through secure, high-quality, audio-visual streaming. It enables dynamic support and solid interaction with the people in the heat of the action.

Technical support: facilitating the work of technicians in the field

Reacts is the ideal platform for improving and maximizing support for field teams. Its highly interactive features allow users to provide live instructions to guide and supervise work.

About Reacts

Reacts (Remote Education, Augmented Communication, Training and Supervision) is a digital collaborative communications platform, created by Quebec start-up Innovative Imaging Technologies Inc. (IIT). Its president, Dr. Yanick Beaulieu, leads a multidisciplinary team of multimedia and software development experts who deploy their considerable talents to produce innovative and visionary solutions. Reacts is currently being used by several large hospitals in Quebec and abroad.