Our new Centre website focusing on our standards work is finally ready to go! Check it out at standards.ehealthinnovation.org! On the site you can find more information on the work we are engaged in around developing interoperability standards with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) and the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. We are also […]
July 21, 2016 – Newmarket, Ontario – Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) Canadians will soon benefit from improved health‑care options to support the management of chronic disease as a result of a $15 million investment to York University and partners, Southlake Regional Health Centre and the University Health Network. This investment by […]
Join the Healthcare Human Factors team as we celebrate Canadian Patient Safety week with a full-day interactive workshop on using Human Factors principles to create a safer Healthcare system. Register for the event here. When: October 27th, 2016 08:30 am – 4:00 pm Who should attend: Front line clinicians, clinical managers, healthcare administrators, patient safety […]
At the Centre, we are developing life-changing technologies that can better patients’ lives and alleviate burdens on our healthcare system. However, implementing health technologies can be a slow process. Our Dr. Emily Seto talks about some of these challenges, and the untapped potential, in a latest interview on the CBC’s The National. Read the article […]
This summer, we’re ecstatic to have 10 new students & interns join our Centre! Coming from a wide-range of backgrounds, they are applying their knowledge and skills to a number of different projects. Working closely with Centre staff, they are gaining unparalleled experiences that will undoubtedly enrich their education and career. We asked them a few questions to find out more […]
The “Kevin J. Leonard Award” is presented annually by the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME), in collaboration with UHN’s Centre for Global eHealth Innovation to pay tribute to Kevin’s tireless advocacy on behalf of patients. Sandra Dalziel, widow of Kevin Leonard, presented the third “Kevin J. Leonard Award” to […]
This spring has seen an abundance of trailblazing publications from the Centre team. Together, these papers are paving the way for more exciting development in multiple areas: Published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, a proof-of-principle study of our in-house developed self-monitoring mobile application for chronic kidney disease management showed that patients who used […]
We attract the brightest minds fulfilling their academic pursuits in an environment that fosters growth and innovation. Raghad Abdulmajeed is completing her thesis to evaluate wearable heart rate and activity trackers for remote monitoring of patients with heart failure. She is an MHSc candidate from the University of Toronto’s Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering’s Clinical […]
Approximately 10% of Canadians have diabetes, with risks of developing severe complications. The projection is that the number of Canadians with diabetes will continue to grow over the next decade. To continue to improve the health of Canadians, we need to start changing the direction with which we diagnose and treat individuals with diabetes. Launched this month, […]
By Sheena Melwani I recount my conversation with Jessica Lim about what makes the Centre a great place for women in tech, since today we celebrate International Women’s Day. I was intrigued to hear about my fellow colleague’s perspective on women in technology and especially since she was the only female developer on Personal Health […]
Usability testing is a powerful tool for health technology design, allowing human factors professionals to gain a robust understanding of how final users of their product actually interact with the technology. Still, some challenges and paradoxes may limit the benefits of usability testing if not properly considered in the design process. In a recent publication […]
On the latest episode of CBC’s Spark with Nora Young, Dr. Joe Cafazzo dissects the burgeoning field of connected health and “the internet of (medical) things.” bant is showcased as a prime example of how connected devices can empower patients to self-manage and allow for data sharing with healthcare providers. Listen to the episode here.
Our Centre founder, Dr. Alex Jadad, has been appointed as the permanent Director of the Institute for Global Health Equity and Innovation (IGHEI). “IGHEI is a reservoir for contagious ideas for a healthier world. The time has come to unleash a pandemic of health, together,” Dr. Jadad expresses. Based in the Dalla Lana School of Public […]
At Design Talks this week, we invited Toronto-based designer Aaron Szymanski (Product, Industrial, and Interaction Designer) to share his insights on “Designing the Design Process.” To make design processes strong and stick, it is particularly important for organizations and design processes to support one another. Aaron also discussed the crucial role of product ownership and uses of […]
What are the implications of Quebec’s adoption of a single electronic health records system for the rest of Canada? In the Canadian Medical Association Journal’s latest news article, our Dr. Cafazzo discusses the significance of Quebec’s decision. “There was an assumption made that [the software] industry would solve the interoperability problem, but they didn’t because […]
Our Lead, Dr. Joseph Cafazzo represented the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation in Zurich, Switzerland, and Stockholm, Sweden, as part of Canada Investment and Innovation Forum’s Global Business Leaders Series. Organized to raise awareness about Canada’s business climate, the events were attended by senior executives, local and Canadian government officials, and business chambers and industry […]
We attract the brightest minds fulfilling their academic pursuits in an environment that fosters growth and innovation. Quynh Pham is one of our most recent additions to the team. As a PhD candidate from the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, she collaborates closely with the PHIT team under the supervision […]
“How eHealthy are Canada and Germany?” We were excited to contribute to that discussion, as Shivani joined as panelist at their presentation and our team hosted the German Canadian Concourse (GCC) delegation’s field trip to the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation last month. Hosted by Canada Meets Germany, the GCC is an annual series of […]
When the Canadian Patient Safety Institute issued a list of 15 ‘Never Events’ this fall, it signalled a revival of nation-wide attention to address ongoing gaps in patient safety that have plagued the healthcare system since the highly publicized reports of high incidence of preventable adverse events more than a decade ago. CPSI’s list of […]
Congrats to our amazing PHIT team members Sheena Melwani and Arvind Manickavasagar, who received the top Facebook prize for building the innovative app, TakeMeHome, at DementiaHack 2015. The event is the world’s foremost dementia hackathon dedicated towards improving the lives of folks affected by dementia. TakeMeHome is navigation application made specifically for people with dementia […]
Last week, the Centre went under a transformation. We successfully opened up the office to almost 180 degrees of sunlight. Standing desks, larger table tops, comfy couches and revamped meeting rooms are just a few of the newest areas for all our staff to use and enjoy. The transformation was an expansion of our existing […]
Interested in a healthier lifestyle? Download the new version of the <30 Days app by Heart and Stroke Foundation. <30 Days helps you inventory your health and provides you small challenges to help you break unhealthy habits and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Healthcare Human Factors worked with Heart and Stroke to improve the previous version of […]
What do interns get up to at the Centre? Aastha Patel, a M.Eng candidate from the University of Toronto Mechanical and Industrial Engineering program, is completing her one-year internship with the Healthcare Human Factors team. Let’s ask her a few questions about her experiences here. 1. Tell us a bit about your responsibilities […]
Is Roche’s new Accu-Chek Connect meter, a big step forward in the world of diabetes device interoperability? We say ‘Yes it is!’ “Imagine having to buy a Samsung Galaxy only compatible Bluetooth speaker. What’s worse is what if your speakers wouldn’t work with Spotify? Pandora speakers anyone? Luckily we don’t have these problems with Bluetooth […]
Awarded annually by the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) Awards Committee, including representation from the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, Sandra Dalziel, wife of the late Kevin Leonard, presented the second “Kevin J. Leonard Award” to Teja Voruganti, IHPME MD/PhD candidate during IHPME’s annual Research Day on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. The […]
By: Plinio Morita As much as 15% of you use some sort of wearable technology and half of North Americans would consider it. That’s impressive, considering that it seems only recent that wearable tech has been around. What’s more, smartphones have become ubiquitous, equipped with an incredible array of sensors that can collect data ranging […]
Imagine at your behest, with a simple press of a button, you download your childhood medical records from your hometown clinic in Moncton, your last lab results from your current laboratory in Toronto, and records from that one time you travelled to Vancouver and needed medical attention at a hospital. Although this concept seems simple […]
Check out the latest Globe and Mail article showcasing our in-house developed Medly CHF app, which enables patient self-care amongst patients at high-risk of cardiac arrest. Through the app, patients’ vital signs are transmitted automatically to their healthcare team, prompting any necessary interventions before conditions deteriorate. “We’ve been monitoring these patients, who are the sickest […]
What type of exciting things are our students up to at the Centre? Deanna Socha, an MHSc candidate from the University of Toronto IBBME Clinical Engineering program, is completing her thesis to evaluate a mobile electroencephalogram (EEG) platform and widen availability of data for mental health research. Let’s ask her a few questions about her […]
Are we all hardworking bumblebees 24/7 at the Centre? Fortunately, no. When we’re not busy typing away at reports or finishing the last touches to a prototype, we sometimes find ourselves on the ever popular Slack. We use Slack as our informal messaging app to communicate within and across teams in the office, where we […]
Your smartphone may know you better than you think; after all, it’s always by your side. One of the latest studies published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) employed an app, Purple Robot, to examine how smartphone GPS and usage data relate to self-reported depressive symptoms. The exploratory study found that those who […]
The Centre for Global eHealth Innovation is pleased to share with you our latest annual report. In these pages, you will read about exciting news such as Telehealth team’s latest milestone, the impact of HumanEra’s multi-year research project, the Journal of Medical Internet Research’s webpage revamp, Healthcare Human Factor’s role in the Ebola crisis this year, […]
These days, we can track everything from blood pressure to sleep patterns, literally in our sleep. More and more Bluetooth-enabled devices are entering the market, capable of transmitting real-time health data to our smart phones or even directly to our doctors. Yet, while many experts believe health-tracking technology can empower people to make healthier choices, […]
By 2018, the market for fitness-related wearable technologies will hit $5.1 billion; but do they actually encourage healthy habits? In this article, Healthy Debate interviews a range of health experts, including our Centre Lead, Dr. Joseph Cafazzo, to explore the topic. While wearable devices do have great potential to motivate users to engage in healthy […]
A recent study by the University of Pennsylvania on fitness wearables has sparked wide debates; not only because of its findings, but rather how the study itself pointed to the fact that today’s technological advancements are outpacing the time needed to produce scientific, peer-reviewed results. Comparing the publication to Wired’s study, which used newer trackers […]
Centre Founder Dr. Alex Jadad is now the Interim Director at the Institute for Global Health Equity and Innovation, as of March 1, 2015. Based in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, the IGHEI builds on the work of partners across Toronto’s academic health sciences network. In November 2014, […]
Our own Jackie Bender, Scientist at the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation and ELLICSR Cancer Survivorship Centre and collaborator Jennifer Stinson Clinician-Scientist from the Hospital for Sick Children join Hannah Keartland Citizen Science Lead from Cancer Research UK on The Agenda with Steve Paikin to discuss how smartphone apps are being used to tackle cancer. […]
We are proud to announce that the Centre has been certified by BSI to ISO 13485 Medical Devices Quality Management System. The scope of the certificate is specific to the “Design, development of software systems, mobile applications, hardware and prototyping.” The certification comes as a result of the Centre’s consistent commitment to quality. The certificate […]
Congratulations to our very own Crystal Chin for being the recipient of the first ever Kevin J. Leonard Award. Kevin was an Associate Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME), University of Toronto and a Research Scientist with the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, University Health Network. Established to pay tribute to […]
The Centre for Global eHealth Innovation was pleased to host the first presentation of the Kevin J. Leonard Award on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 to a student from the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation working to further the cause of patients as partners in their healthcare and exemplifying the ideals […]
The Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, is pleased to share their newly published 12/13 Annual Report: From Patients to People.
The Centre for Global eHealth Innovation is pleased to host the first presentation of the Kevin J. Leonard Award on Tuesday, May 27. Please join us as we recognize an outstanding student from the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation who has furthered the cause of patients as partners in their […]
Our work on building mobile solutions that allow for improved patient self-care was highlighted in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) article. Our iterative process includes piloting and running trials of the solution with patients and their care team to evaluate the interventions. The specific intervention mentioned in the CMAJ article, is our work on Hypertension (link […]
This week, the Centre was honoured to receive three CIHR Catalyst grants. One awarded as Principle Investigator (Dr. Emily Seto), and two others as co-investigators (Drs Seto and Cafazzo), for grants led by Dr. Jennifer Stinson (Hospital for Sick Children) and Dr. Alexander Logan (Mount Sinai Hospital). Canadian Institute of Health research The highly competitive […]
When a patient is inadvertently harmed, finding someone to blame is a common response. Rarely, however, is an adverse event the result of just one person’s mistake. Health-care professionals operate within systems that include the physical setting, the organization, other team members, and equipment and technology. Click here to read the full article and see […]
Joseph Cafazzo, the Lead of the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation at Toronto’s University Health Network, said Canada and Taiwan share the same values in healthcare research, including the principles of offering high-quality healthcare services to patients. Click here to read the full article
Why are medical devices left unused in the corner of the room? Why do we continue to resort to using paper when we have IT systems that are supposed to eliminate the need? Why are regulators now more closely scrutinizing health technologies for causing use-errors that lead to injury and death?
On December 10th & 11th, 2013 Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community launched the inaugural World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) an international initiative whose aim is to promote and facilitate innovation in healthcare delivery around the world Development (http://www.wish-qatar.org/). Dr. Jadad was the only Canadian and Latin American panelist at this historical global event who participated as […]
HumanEra was awarded a Continuing Education Research and Development (CERD) Grant for a project titled “Educating Clinicians on Critical IV Push Infusion Concepts Using Novel Visual and Interactive Training”. The project involves the creation of a training tool for educating clinicians on complex, IV push infusion concepts to promote best practices for delivering IV push medications. […]
Dr. Alex Jadad’s interview for the Verhaltenstherapie “On Living a Long, Healthy, and Happy Life, Full of Love, and with no Regrets, until Our Last Breath” published on November 18, 2013. Please click here to view : Alex Jadad Interview
HumanEra collaborated with researchers/clinicians at the University of Campinas and the Hospital do Coracao to build Human Factors capacity and improve safety within the Brazilian health care system. Based on the project success, HumanEra will return to Brazil in 2015 to continue this collaboration.
2 Career Opportunities Available: 1.Web Developer/Programmer We are interested in expanding our team of Web developers in Toronto at JMIR Publications Inc! About JMIR: JMIR Publications is an open access academic publisher based in Toronto, Canada, and is the leading publisher of peer-reviewed journals in the eHealth domain. We are the leading open access publisher […]
_____ Dear colleagues, The passing of Kevin Leonard has affected us all in so many ways. We have lost a caring and passionate patient advocate, a trusted academic and researcher, and a true friend. At the July 24 “Celebration of Kevin’s Life”, the establishment of the Kevin J. Leonard Award was announced. This award pays […]
July’s Hacking Health Café welcomed speakers and attendees from different areas of healthcare, bringing together their unique stories and experiences. Hosted at our Labs, the event sparked lively discussion around disruptive innovation, thinking outside the box and how to sustainably design for healthcare! Passionate about quality of post-surgical care for his patients, Dr. Andrew Feifer opened the […]
Our colleague and friend Kevin Leonard passed away on July 15th, leaving a legacy at our Centre that cannot be forgotten. Joe Cafazzo spoke at the ceremony celebrating his life. Below is a transcript of his memories of Kevin, expressed at the event. ‘I was a student of Kevin’s and I considered him a mentor […]
The Centre is hosting this years BYOD Event! The Centre’s very own Dr. Emily Seto, Anjum Chagpar and Ian Darwin will be presenting along with Martin Sumner Smith, Andrea Bilobrk, Misha Nossik and Efren Habteselassie. This workshop is focused on the CCN research agenda ‘Bring Your Own Doctor’, how mobile, social and Cloud computing will […]
Dr. Alex Jadad will speak at EU Science: Global Challenges Global Collaboration Conference on Thursday, March 7th, 2013.
The Centre was recently featured in a MACLEANS article entitled “The smartphone will see you now” by Tamsin McMahon!
Canadian researchers say they have uncovered several potential errors that could dangerously undermine the production of chemotherapy solutions…
In October 2012, the team members at the Center and Healthcare Human Factors co-organized Hacking Health Toronto , a hackathon that brought together our clinical and design contacts with Toronto’s developer community, to rapidly prototype digital solutions to healthcare problems.
We are pleased to release our 2011/2012 Annual Report! Without a doubt, this has been a year of growth and increasing impact.
After several months of design and development, the new and improved Centre website is ready to launch!
On November 28, 2012, the Centre hosted a one-day workshop, titled Towards successful migration to computerized physician order entry for chemotherapy, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
Dr. Joe Cafazzo shares his ideas about the power of patient self-care.