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BCATPR's Stroke Coach helps guide patients on the road to recovery

Stroke Coach

Stroke Coach, the telehealth study led in part by BCATPR’s Brodie Sakakibara, was featured on Hospital News recently. The program connects stroke survivors with lifestyle coaches who give self-management advice via telephone. If study results are positive, the next step is to determine appropriate implementation of the program within the health care system.




Health Canada is increasing digital health technology surveillance


Health Canada is creating a new regulatory approach for digital health technologies, creating a premarket review division and improving postmarket surveillance of products. They will focus on wireless medical devices, mobile medical apps, telemedicine, Software as a Medical Devices (SaMDs), artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and medical device interoperability. This will give the government better oversight of the quickly changing innovation market.


Blockchain, the next healthcare disruptor?


New blockchain research shows that the technology is set to change the way healthcare data is stored, shared and accessed. Its immutability, transaction recording and verification can help solve security issues. It can also enable the sharing of data between providers for a more integrated health care system.



Google launches new Cloud Healthcare API and partnership with Fitbit


Google recently released the Cloud Healthcare API that allows its customers to better manage different types of healthcare data from multiple sources. In the case of Fitbit, who recently announced a partnership with Google, this will make it easier to share device data with users’ healthcare providers. Google’s Cloud Healthcare API also offers customers the resources to run data analytics and machine learning in the cloud. 



Telehealth now available for all members of the family 

Veterinary telehealth

The recently-launched Healthy Pets platform is the only telemedicine service in Canada connecting pet owners with veterinarians online. It allows patients and vets to communicate via video, voice or instant messaging, and helps owners decide when it is time to visit the clinic. The company appeared on Dragon’s Den, where it received $500,000 in funding to expand services within Ontario and across Canada.