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May 17, 2001
St. Joseph's Health Care, London
519-685-4292, ext. 44034
or pager 690-4103
London Hospitals to Showcase Technology
(LONDON, Ontario) -St. Joseph’s Health Care London and London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) are playing host to over 100 top health care professionals from across Ontario today to showcase the most advanced technology being used at both facilities to enhance patient care.
"Technology is an integral part of patient care in the future", explains Diane Beattie, Chief Information Officer at both St. Joseph’s and LHSC, "and today is a great opportunity for us to share with others how we plan to embrace this new reality and invite them to work with us to further its development."
LHSC is is known internationally as a world-leader in the field of robotic surgery. The world’s first closed-chest robotic assisted cardiac bypass surgery on a beating heart was performed here in 1999. St. Joseph’s Regional Mental Health Care London is leading the way in telepsychiatry. Through the use of a telehealth network, mental health professionals are able to address issues that have challenged the profession in the past such as staff shortages and waiting lists.
But these are only a few of the vast number of technological advances that are being made in London through partnerships with other service providers and the private sector. New technologies, businesses and markets are emerging everyday. St. Joseph’s and LHSC are harnessing the positive aspects of this change and are helping to revolutionize health care delivery in Southwestern Ontario and around the world.
"Information plays a critical role in health care", explains Sandy Whittall, V-P Integrated Strategic Alliances & Networks for St. Joseph’s and LHSC, "and by collaboration and consultation with others, we can only improve upon our information and communication technologies to modernize our health care system. This will, in turn, benefit us all".
Some of the programs being showcased today include: