AI can improve Ontario’s health care system at lower costs

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Getting more for less is the consumer Holy Grail, but it’s rarely fulfilled. Yet by integrating artificial intelligence (AI) solutions into our health system, this is exactly what Canadians could get: better care at lower costs, freeing up resources to deliver faster and more integrated care. However, to fully realize health AI’s potential, researchers need… Read more »

The virtual cutting edge: how augmented reality is poised to transform surgery

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Source: Toronto Daily Star Date: September 30th, 2022 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/mars/2022/09/29/the-virtual-cutting-edge-how-augmented-reality-is-poised-to-transform-surgery.html Discussion In what other ways, besides surgery, could a tool like this be used? Why would an MIS degree be useful in this field, or how would you put an MIS to use in this field?

Dealing with dread: how virtual therapy can help people cope with eco-anxiety

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Source: Toronto Daily Start Date: September 22nd, 2022 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/mars/2022/09/14/dealing-with-dread-how-virtual-therapy-can-help-people-cope-with-eco-anxiety.html Discussion “Cassandra Cornacchia is a registered social worker who offers counselling via several organizations, including Inkblot Therapy, a Canadian company that provides digital-first mental-health care. She argues that, for many people, online treatment is not only a workable care model but an ideal one.” Why might… Read more »

Should we trust big tech with our health data?

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Sitting, tablet in hand, I’m playing a weird kind of cognitive video game. Split-second images flash in front of me, and I’m supposed to indicate with my thumbs whether I’d seen an animal or something else. It’s fun, and over in just 60 seconds. But there’s a serious intention here. “It’s a kind of early… Read more »

A wristband that tells your boss if you are unhappy

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At first glance the silicone wristband could be mistaken for one that tracks your heart rate when you are doing exercise. However, the wearable technology, called a Moodbeam, isn’t here to monitor your physical health. Instead it allows your employer to track your emotional state. The gadget, which links to a mobile phone app and… Read more »

Health Weather mapping

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https://healthweather.us/ is a thermometer-based smartphone app that updates in real time. There is a thermometer that plugs into your phone. Kinsa, the company behind the app and service gathers all those thermometer readings to produce a heat map of where people are sick. It’s actually for influenza, but, of course, tracking temperature is part of COVID-19… Read more »

Google is using GoogleMaps user data to track mobility changes

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Google is now using GoogleMaps data from users of the app to show, publicly, people’s mobility changes.“As global communities respond to COVID-19, we’ve heard from public health officials that the same type of aggregated, anonymized insights we use in products such as Google Maps could be helpful as they make critical decisions to combat COVID-19…. Read more »

Drones, apps and smart lockers: The technology transforming healthcare in Africa

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Sub-Saharan Africa has, on average, the worst healthcare in the world, according to the World Bank. It accounts for nearly a quarter of all disability and death caused by disease worldwide, yet has only 1% of global health expenditure and 3% of the world’s health workers.Infrastructure is poor, making access to even the most basic medical… Read more »