May 17, 2020

Obesity In Canada Reaches All Time High

University of British Columbia
2 min
Obesity In Canada Reaches Record High
The report was published in the Canadian Journal of Public Health this week and shows an obesity map conveying changing rates of obesity in Canada ove...


The report was published in the Canadian Journal of Public Health this week and shows an obesity map conveying changing rates of obesity in Canada over time. The study specifically compares rates from 2000 to 2011 and reveals that between 25 percent and 33 percent of Canadians are currently obese.

“Being obese or overweight significantly increases the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers,” lead author Carolyn Gotay of the University of British Columbia said. “Our analysis shows that more Canadians are obese than ever before. On average, between one-fourth and one-third of Canadians are obese, depending on the region.”

Atlantic Canada, the Northwest Territories and Nunavet fared the worst, with obesity rates in those regions averaging over 30 percent. Meanwhile, British Columbia seemed to have one of the lowest rates of obesity; however, the overall average has risen from less than 20 percent in 2000 to almost 25 percent in 2011.

So what’s to blame for the drastic increase in obesity across Canada over the past decade? Health and nutrition experts indicate a few contributing factors including a decrease in exercise and fitness thanks to technology like video games, computers and social media as well as an increase in poor food choices thanks to the rising cost of healthy foods, especially in the Northern provinces.

You can take a look at the obesity maps comparing 2000 to 2011 below and you can read an abstract of the study on the Canadian Journal of Public Health’s website.

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May 24, 2021

Schneider Electric's intelligent patient room: need to know

2 min
We take a look at Schneider Electric's new smart patient room. 

Schneider Electric has launched a virtual showcase that features its new "intelligent patient room". What is it exactly? 

Who: Schneider Electric is a multinational that develops energy and automation solutions for many different industries - including hospitality, education, defence, and healthcare. Founded in 1836, today it is a Fortune 500 company, and it currently provides technology to 40% of hospitals around the world, among them Penn Medicine, one of the top hospitals in the US where Schneider's EcoStruxure for Healthcare is deployed, an IoT solution. 

What: Schneider has launched its Innovation Experience Live Healthcare Lab, an immersive experience that takes visitors through a demonstration of a hospital, including the doctor’s office, the operating room, and the intelligent patient room. 

The room features a digital patient footwall - a touchscreen that creates a single reference point for patients, families and healthcare providers, by incorporating care information, entertainment and environmental controls all in one place.  A separate digital patient door display has important information for healthcare staff. 

All Schneider's equipment is low-voltage, and integrated so that the patient room, clinical needs and IT are all seamlessly connected, what Schneider calls a digital “system of systems.”

Why:  Mike Sanders, Customer Projects & Services in Healthcare Innovation at Schneider Electric, explains: “The hospital of the future will need to put the patient experience at the forefront, using innovative and connected systems to provide superior in-hospital care experiences.” 

“With the shift to remote work and business brought forth by the pandemic, we knew that we needed to invest in a new virtual experience that showcases our vision for a truly integrated healthcare experience. We believe our intelligent patient room is the solution that our healthcare partners and customers have been looking for, and we’re excited to offer a way for them to experience it no matter where they are in the world.”

Where: The virtual experience was modelled after the new innovations installed at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, the first real-world installation of Schneider Electric’s fully integrated intelligent patient room technology. It is currently being hosted at the company’s St. Louis Innovation Hub and Innovation Executive Briefing Center (IEBC) facility.  

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