The Canadian Medical Association’s inaugural Health Summit, held in Winnipeg Aug. 21-22, 2018, set out to challenge participants’ thinking, help them build an innovation mindset, and equip them to lead change. The summit included panel and open dialogue sessions with thought leaders and peers, fostering discussion about the opportunities offered by innovation to improve Canada’s health care. Winnipeg’s CJOB radio recently interviewed Dr. Sonny Kohli, co-founder of Cloud DX, and Dr. Yanick Beaulieu, founder of IIT Reacts, who’s innovations where showcased in the Health Summit.

Dr. Kohli introduced Cloud DX’s Vitaliti, a wearable device designed for remote monitoring of patients with chronic conditions, and explained how the idea originated from an experience jerry-rigging equipment during relief efforts in Haiti and was later refined through participation in the X-Prize Competition.

Dr. Beaulieu explained how Innovative Imaging technology’s Reacts collaborative platform was conceived from the need to remotely train and supervise healthcare professionals (particularly in point of care ultrasound), and was designed to also facilitate remote collaboration, care coordination and teleconsultations between all care team members, as well as with patients and their families. (Reacts stand for Remote Education, Augmented Communication, Training and Supervision.) Dr. Beaulieu went on to relate the story of how his father’s early heart operations later led him to study cardiology and develop tools to facilitate access to care expertise.

Both went on to discuss the lack of innovation adoption in healthcare relative to other industries, and how the CMA is trying to stimulate dialogue in this area. The technology to provide access to healthcare expertise and improve outcomes exists, they insisted, in the form of new “smart” hardware and inexpensive BYOD subscription services that take care of infrastructure and regulatory issues for care providers. All that is needed is a change in mindset and reorganization, not excessive amounts of additional funding.  The onus should be on achieving better, more efficient care, through a hub and spoke model amongst other things, vs. simply focusing on cost savings.

Both Cloud DX and the Reacts digital collaboration platform are endorsed by Joule, a Canadian Medical Association company.

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