The technological revolution of healthcare
Feb 23, 2018
By: Dr. Michael McGillion
Nurse scientist, Population Health Research Institute
Associate professor, School of Nursing, McMaster University
Like most health care professionals, I became a nurse to make a difference. Then, I became a scientist to understand how best to make that difference.
We’re in an exciting time of emerging technologies in health care. We’re finding ways to improve the delivery of care so that patients can recover better and get back to their daily lives faster. This is unchartered territory, making it an exciting journey as a researcher.
Today, patients undergoing surgery are going home sooner, with a larger portion of recovery time at home. This, however, means that they’re not monitored as well as when in hospital, and patients can have complications, particularly in the first 30 days at home. At the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI), we’re exploring how to bridge this gap between a patient and their hospital team using remote monitoring technology. The SMaRTVIEW project is a unique collaboration that’s looking specifically at improving outcomes for patients who undergo cardiac and vascular surgery, where the risk of complication is relatively high. We’re leveraging the academic and clinical expertise of groups across McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences to develop a solution that we hope will make a difference for cardiac patients in Hamilton, Canada, and beyond...
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