The construction industry has historically been slow to adopt new technologies; specifically when it comes to workflow management and building performance monitoring.
A report from McKinsey suggests that the construction industry ranked as the second worst digitized industry globally.
Not only has a majority of the industry not caught up to modern day, many within the industry don’t have plans to do so anytime soon.
A 2016 study from KPMG, which surveyed over 200 construction and engineering executives and major-project owners around the world, saw only 20 per cent of the respondents say that they are are rethinking their business models to incorporate new technology.
Getting patients who don’t really need to be in hospital transitioned to alternate settings is a huge challenge for hospitals. These patients, dubbed Alternate Level of Care (ALC) patients by the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA), occupy beds that could be used by those needing inpatient care, and are the leading contributor to capacity challenges and hallway medicine according to the OHA.
The target ALC rate (number of hospital days used by ALC patients divided by total inpatient days) for Ontario hospitals is 12.7 per cent. However, Humber River Hospital (HRH) averaged 16 – 17 per cent, making it one of the worst performers in the province.
“More and more we got together as a group within our LHIN (Local Health Integration Network – the Central LHIN, of which HRH is part, includes nine hospitals plus many other care services) and it was evident that we had no standardized processes and everyone was really struggling,” said Carol Hatcher RN BN MN, vice-president of clinical programs at HRH. “It was a bit of a black hole with regards to any sort of system decision-making.”
Health Care Ontario says that less than half of Ontario citizens are able to see a primary care provider when they’re sick. That means added load on hospital emergency departments; research shows that 15 per cent of ER visitors said they were there because their family doctor wasn’t available. In Waterloo, Wellington, only 41 per cent said they were able to see a primary care provider on the same or next day when they were sick.
Many people experience concussions during sports and recreation activities, sometimes with tragic outcomes. Unfortunately, not many people know when they have one, or what the symptoms are.
Only 15 per cent of Canadians can correctly identify the best ways to teat a concussion, and only four in 10 are aware of available concussion tools or resources, according to Statistics Canada. It’s a big problem among youth who participate in various contact sports.
The Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program says ice hockey, rugby and ringette are the sports with the highest proportion of brain injuries among children and youth 5-19 years of age, ranging from 27 per cent to 44 per cent of all injuries that happened while playing them.
A new app launched in January is hoping to improve people’s ability to gain insights into concussions and the often quiet symptoms that follow.
One in seven Canadians are diagnosed with a form of skin cancer in their lifetime, and according to the Government of Canada, the early detection of this disease is essential to positive outcomes, increasing survival rates by as much as 82 per cent. Unfortunately, many patients are forced to wait for two months or longer for their dermatologist appointment.
In order to better serve them, medical professionals need to be equipped with the most advanced tools in dermatology for affordable, accessible, and efficient services, as well as hardware and software solutions to improve the quality and efficiency of dermatology image management.