Empowering Healthcare Innovation at the Toronto Innovation Centre

– January 27, 2017 – 2 Comments

There has never been a better time to innovate together, and a tour of the Toronto Innovation Center will prove it. Currently the only Cisco innovation center in North America out of the nine around the world, we have many opportunities around us. We present what is possible with digital transformation and IoT (Internet of Things). We are making it even more possible by investing in and partnering with startups, accelerators and universities to create innovative solutions. At the present time, until early April, our healthcare solutions and partnerships are presented in a tailored health care space, reminiscent of the various clinical areas that found in hospitals and in the community.


To demonstrate our innovations in health care, we bring this together with illustrations at several points along the continuum of care. Three different vignettes share the story of a patient at three different stages of their health care journey.

Let's start in the hospital room of a typical patient. Next to the bed, there is a swivel arm or foot monitor, or perhaps a tablet using the Cisco Patient Connect interface, a complete platform for infotainment at the bedside and the patient. Interaction with the patient. While the patient is resting in bed, he can call his friends and family using the integrated HD video at Patient Connect. This is also extremely beneficial with leave planning so that the family can be "virtually present" and participate in all the steps required for evacuation and recovery, without necessarily being physically present. Doctors and nurses can "prescribe" videos to improve patient education on new medications, body mechanics after surgery, learn to live with a new illness and more. With Cisco Patient Connect, educational videos can be made available on demand directly on the patient's fingertips, and the care team can check the progress of patient viewing on assigned videos. Our platform also empowers the patient by displaying their progress reports, names of care teams and photos, as well as their daily schedule – at the touch of a button, eliminating phlebotomy surprise visits. and physiotherapy!

And the bed itself? Through our partnership with Hill-Rom, a smart bed helps improve care and physical security. The bed measures the heart and respiratory rates, weighs the patient and helps prevent falls by sounding an alarm when a patient at risk of falling is trying to get out of bed. The cost savings for reducing falls are in the millions of dollars and, more importantly, pose reduced health risks for patients who are now less at risk of falling.

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Let's move on to another crucial asset for care teams: the virtual medical wagon for patient observation. Hospitals have sought more cost-effective solutions to patients' costs while keeping them safe from leaks, falls or patients who need to be watched closely, such as newborns, safely. Dimension Data developed the MONA Cart [Mobile Observation Nursing Assistant] using a large portion of Cisco technologies; these trolleys can be used to monitor multiple patients at once by a patient, while allowing bidirectional communication between the patient and the patient. The top-mounted security camera provides a panoramic zoom on the model and the DX70 allows HD video interaction between the model and the patient when needed. The power supply of everything is a 13-hour battery and a wireless access point on a four-wheeled pole, making the MONA trolley really mobile. The cart can be placed at the patient's bedside to continuously monitor the patient, allowing a caregiver to monitor multiple patients at a time. This not only allows the hospital to realize significant cost savings and fall prevention measures, but also streamlines its workflow by responding more quickly and effectively to patient needs – for example, coverage requests can be forwarded to the appropriate care team member. team to practice at the top of their field of action.

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Let's go back to the hospital and head to a private practice. Our DX80, an all-in-one desktop collaboration tool with integrated HD video, sits on the desktop with diagnostic peripherals. With a remote care environment like this, distance is not an obstacle and health care has no boundaries. The remote doctor can consult patients at 5 or 5,000 kilometers without loss of quality, without travel costs and without wasting time due to travel. Clinicians are able to see more patients and patients can access high quality care anywhere and on any device. The DX80 can not only be sitting on a doctor's desk, but also in a community health center, a remote clinic or even in a patient.
This is only an overview of what is possible with digital transformation and IoT in the healthcare industry. Are you going to visit the Toronto Innovation Center to see for yourself?

There has never been a better time to reinforce innovation in health. #NeverBetter

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