September 17, 2015
Mackenzie Health in Richmond Hill, Ont. has introduced ICAT Healthcare, a strategy it said is designed to “propel its information, communications, and automation technology (ICAT) systems to a leadership position within the healthcare industry over the next four years.”
With the recent addition of its new portable data centre, Mackenzie said it is the first healthcare organization in Canada to acquire this kind of technology, and one of only a handful of healthcare organizations in all of North America to do so.
Currently used by Microsoft, Google and high security military installations, the data centre model will ‘future proof’ Mackenzie Health so that it will be able to adopt a range of new and emerging technologies, the organization said in a release.
It will also support the work of Mackenzie Health’s Innovation Unit and enable the organization’s medical electronic record adoption to go from EMRAM 3 to EMRAM 7 in just two years.
The new data centre also helps Mackenzie Health to set the stage for future innovation that will see the Mackenzie Richmond Hill and Mackenzie Vaughan Hospitals to become a truly ‘smart hospital’. This means having digital technologies that have interconnectivity between systems so that they share information to better support clinicians to care for their patients.
ICAT Healthcare will also enable Mackenzie Health to support a variety of new technologies such as a new first-in-Canada GPS Mobile Wayfinding App and electronic kiosk system and a Bring Your Own Device program that will enable staff and physicians to receive secure Mackenzie Health email on their smart phones, tablets and personal computers.
Altaf Stationwala, president and CEO of Mackenzie Health, said a key aspect of the strategy is to “introduce the majority of new technologies well in advance of the opening of the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital so that staff and physicians at both hospitals will have access to and be well versed. This approach will enable both hospitals to share some of the most advanced technologies to enhance patient care delivery and safety creating a truly ‘smart hospital’.”