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Improving the quality and efficiency of primary care for mental health

Robin Williams, Buzz Aldrin, Marlon Brando, Jim Carrey, Kurt Cobain. What do all these famous men have in common? Every single one of them suffered from mental illness at some point in their life. I find it hard to imagine the eccentric Jim Carrey struggling with depression. However, mental illness is extremely prevalent in our world, accounting for 15 percent…

Speeding Up the Long-Term Care Placement Process from Hospital Settings

Google “wait times in Canada” and you are likely to get a myriad of articles, news reports, and blogs reflecting the severity of this issue. In fact, when 11 developed countries were surveyed, Canada had the longest emergency room wait times.[1] Many factors contribute to long waits in the emergency department, and more specifically, time waiting for an inpatient bed.[2]…

Could a Step Out of The Hospital be a Step in the Right Direction?

I’m sure you’ve heard it all before, wait times in general are at an all-time high, and Canadians are receiving limited access to medically necessary procedures. Did you know the need for orthopedic surgery continues to grow yearly (19.2% over the past five years[1])? The issue is even more pressing in Ontario, as the province represents 41% of the national…

Smart Cards, a smart solution for Adverse Drug Reactions

Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are any unintended harmful reactions to prescription and over-the-counter medications, occurring acutely or chronically. This is negatively impacting the Canadian health care system with 1 in 200 Canadian seniors [1] ending up in hospital due to ADRs. Despite this high number, ADRs are not receiving the attention that the resultant harm to patients and healthcare costs…