Telepresence Program – Healthcare Lessons from the Airline Industry

November 8, 2017 | Diana

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On Wednesday, November 15, audiences at Cedarbrae Branch and S. Walter Stewart Branch will be able to connect with the medical team at Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital to learn how the airline industry has inspired hospital researchers in improving patient safety and outcomes. 

Dr. Teodor Grantcharov at St. Michael's Hospital using technology inspired by the airline industry
Dr. Teodor Grantcharov at St. Michael's Hospital using technology inspired by the airline industry

At the program Healthcare Lessons From The Airline Industry, the St. Michael's medical team will share their innovative approach to healthcare and will give a live demonstration of these two examples: 

  • Surgical Black Box - similar to black boxes on airplanes, this helps surgeons identify errors and teaches them how to prevent them 
  • Patient simulators - similar to how flight simulators train pilots, this helps to train healthcare teams how to respond to critical situations in a controlled and safe environment

To get you even more intrigued about this program, here's a video that features Dr. Teodor Grantcharov, professor of surgery at the University of Toronto and staff surgeon at the St. Michael's Hospital:

This free program takes place at 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm and is presented as part of The Cutting Edge program series: Exploring new ideas at the intersection of health and technology. Supported by the Krembil Foundation.

This special program uses Cisco's telepresence technology, which will allow the St. Michael's medical team based out of downtown Toronto to interact with attendees at the Cedarbrae Branch and S. Walter Stewart Branch.

What is telepresence? 

Similar to video conferencing, telepresence ​units can link two or more physically separated rooms, enabling live interaction and collaboration regardless of location. These telepresence units are designed by Cisco.

Children using Cisco's telepresence technology to connect with another classroom
Children using Cisco's telepresence technology to connect with another classroom Photo courtesy of Cisco

Toronto Public Library kicked off the use of telepresence technology for programs in November last year when Chris Hadfield was at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library. Cisco's telepresence technology allowed young Torontonians at four different branches across the city, as well as an Indigenous community in Northern Ontario, to connect and interact with the inspiring Canadian astronaut.

While telepresence technology is currently available at select branches, you can visit the Toronto Public Library website for more telepresence programs

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