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We’ve seen some fantastic advancements in healthcare in Canada over the years. People are living longer and they’re getting the treatment they need. So why do we continue to experience long wait times in the Emergency Departments across Canada which lead to a “Crowding” or “Hallway Health” problem? Why is patient attachment to family physicians still a journey we are trying to solve? These all contribute to strains not only on patients and patient centered healthcare but also on those that are providing care such as nurses, doctors and clinicians.

So, what can we do about this? How can we do things differently? How can we use technology to help solve these problems and ensure patients are receiving the care they need, when they need it?

Data can help!

Imagine if clinicians could proactively identify at risk patients analyzing their medical records, data from smart devices to provide personalized care, improve treatment regimens and make timely interventions to reduce risk of hospitalization.

Imagine being able to leverage IoT devices to help alert family and care team members if a patient is experiencing abnormal symptoms, and proactively respond with treatment or care visits.

Imagine being able to use artificial intelligence to help physicians in determining diagnosis and quickly review test results from an x-ray, bloodwork, or ultrasound, to help prioritize patient follow-ups to those that have an urgent need.

Healthcare is sitting on a mountain of data, so the question becomes, how can we leverage it?

In the latest episode of The Accelerate Podcast, we break down how we can leverage data, machine learning and artificial intelligence to improve healthcare as we see it today, including a few uses cases of the early adopters of these technological advancements. Check us out on Soundcloud and iTunes! It’s a very exciting time for the world of healthcare, and we have a great opportunity transform the care continuum across the country.