How Canada is leading brain research and senior care with a $24 million centre
A new brain research centre is expected to open in Ontario, Canada to support projects that enable healthier brain aging and allow seniors to live at home longer while reducing health care costs.
As reported by our sister brand Business Review Canada, the Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation at Baycrest Health Sciences will be established over the next five years and will effectively combine all of Baycrest’s brain research, clinical and educational programs into one convenient location.
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The city of Ontario will invest $23.5 million into the establishment.
“Brain disorders take an enormous toll on a personal level, as well as on the economy,” said Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, in an issued release. “Our investment in this centre will allow new advances in brain research and care, cementing Ontario’s position as an innovation leader and ensuring that people can continue to lead healthy lives as they age.”
The centre, scheduled to launch this fall, is one of the largest investments in senior care in the world.
“Our government is proud to support Baycrest Health Sciences and the new Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation,” added Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation. “We are committed to harnessing our research and commercialization strengths to attract investment and boost our economy, while helping seniors maintain their quality of life in the comfort of their own homes.”
In Ontario, the economic impact of brain and mental health disorders is estimated to cost more than $39 billion annually.
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The new centre will rise alongside the global market for brain health applications, software and biometrics, as the industry is poised to grow from $1 billion to $10 billion by the year 2020.
LG launches purpose-built smart TV for hospitals
LG Business Solutions USA has announced two new hospital TVs that are designed to improve patient management and engagement while adhering to critical safety standards for healthcare facilities.
One of the TVs is LG's biggest ever screen for a hospital - the 65-inch 4K Ultra HD model. It has LG’s NanoCell display technology, enabling it to display vivid pictures, and provides built-in support for hospital pillow speakers and embedded broadband LAN capability, so hospitals can deliver video on demand without requiring a separate set-top box in the patient room.
It also includes configuration software with an intuitive interface for setting up the TV to work in a hospital setting, plus a software-enabled access point feature that turns the TV into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The second TV screen is the 15-inch Personal Healthcare Smart Touch TV with a multi-touch screen. It is designed to be installed on an adjustable arm for use in shared spaces or smaller patient rooms and will support LG's new, modular LG AM-AC21EA video camera, and HD video communication.
Both include support for video conferencing, and are UL Certified for use in healthcare facilities, a global safety standard. They also feature LG’s integrated Pro:Centric hospital management solutions, allowing hospitals and LG’s patient engagement development partners to personalise a patient's room, providing entertainment, hospital information, services, patient education, and more.
Additionally its communication platform makes it possible to conduct video calls between patients and clinicians or family.
“Our newest LG hospital TVs reflect ongoing feedback from the industry and include capabilities integrated to meet the unique needs of a critical market” said Tom Mottlau, Director of Healthcare Solutions, LG Electronics USA.
“Our healthcare patient engagement development partners requested an upgradable version of webOS for our Pro:Centric smart TV platform so they could more easily introduce new features for their hospital customers. For the latest versions of webOS, LG worked closely with our partners to make their request a reality and to deliver a hospital TV platform that can evolve over time.”