We are transforming the delivery of healthcare in Saskatchewan
We have built a healthcare model where remote presence technology helps take care of our patients in a more time and cost-efficient manner. Patients are seen in real-time in their own communities or their own home using virtual care.
The potential applications of remote presence robotics are almost limitless.
In critical or emergency situations, having immediate access to specialist support can mean the difference between life and death. On the other hand, for primary and chronic care, removing the burden of travel for either patient or provider can lead to improved access and continuity of care.
For patients unable to travel to a clinic, portable units can be taken to the home for a virtual house visit. In long-term care facilities, Residents can receive after-hours acute care without having to be transferred to the hospital and decreasing the burden to emergency rooms.
Medical robots in action: Ivar Mendez at TEDxToronto
The fifth annual TEDxToronto conference took place on September 26, 2013 at The Royal Conservatory of Music.
For our 2013 TEDxToronto Conference, all talks, performances and demos were rooted in our selected theme, "The Choices We Make."
About the Demonstration: Dr. Mendez is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American College of Surgeons. He is the H Wigmore Professor of Surgery and the Provincial Head of Surgery at the University of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Health Authority. As a clinician scientist, Dr. Mendez's research focus is in brain repair, stem cells and robotics. Dr. Mendez and his team performed the first long-distance telementoring neurosurgery in the world.
We take care of the most vulnerable populations!
Remote presence robotics can be beneficial anywhere in the province, however particular advantage can be seen with some of our most vulnerable populations, including children, residents in long term care facilities, and Indigenous communities.
Long Term Care Facilities
As our population ages and the demands on our healthcare system increase, we need to make sure that our patients get the best possible care.
We are involved in many different research projects to ensure that the remote presence program is effective at meeting the needs of the communities, to determine the impact that projects have, and to find innovative ways of using the technology.
Remote Presence Projects
Research is an integral component to our Remote Presence Program
We have been studying the use of virtual care and remote presence technology in providing primary and specialized care in several areas.
For the past few years, we have been researching the use of remote presence technology in providing access to remote Indigenous populations in northern Saskatchewan.
With our partners in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences, we have been researching the use of remote presence technology in providing physiotherapy services to remote populations.
We develop mobile applications to bring information closer to doctors and patients
SK-Patient is a mobile app that simulates aspects of the procedure to enhance the understanding and decrease the apprehension in patients prior to surgery.
We have developed a smartphone app that facilitates the tracking of Morbidity and Mortality in Surgery. This app is used by surgeons to enhance patient safety
Inventory is samartphone app to share with health professionals emergent medical protocols and procedures to treat COVID-19 screened patients.
Remote Ultrasound Capacity Building for Antenatal Access (RUAA) is a smartphone app to gather outcome data and is used simultaneously with ultrasound scans.
LifeLine: Mental Health App
LifeLine is a mental Health app that provides mental health support to vulnerable populations. Although the App is geared to younger individuals at risk of suicide.
Virtual Reality and 3D Printing
We are exploring innovative methods for teaching and training using virtual reality.
Teaching neuroanatomy to medical students using virtual reality
We are exploring the use of Immersive and interactive virtual reality to improve learning and retention of neuroanatomy in medical students.
Training remote assistants how to use the telerobotic ultrasound system
Training patient site assistants on how to set up and use the telerobotic ultrasound system can be done in five minutes using a short immersive virtual reality video.
3D Printing for Neurosurgery
The use of 3D printing for pre-operative planning is being studied in neurosurgery. The patient’s MRI data has been used to 3D print brains for planning surgical procedures.
Opinions and Editorials
Opinions and editorials play a crucial role in shaping the discourse around virtual care and remote presence. These thought-provoking pieces offer diverse perspectives on the benefits, challenges, and ethical considerations associated with these emerging healthcare technologies.
Artificial intelligence a tool for Sask. health-care crisis
Artificial intelligence can play a crucial role in addressing the issues afflicting health care in Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan a perfect place for virtual health care
Virtual medical care can help provide better health-care services to people living in remote and rural areas in Saskatchewan.
Dr. Ivar Mendez
Professor of Neurosurgery and Director of the Virtual Care and Remote Presence Robotics Programs
Dr. Scott Adams
Director of Research & Telerobotic and AI Diagnostic Services; Cardiothoracic Radiologist, Royal University Hospital; Assistant Professor, College of Medicine
Dr. Veronica McKinney
Director, Northern Medical Services
Dr. Tanya Holt
Jim Pattison Children's Hospital, Saskatchewan Health Authority, Division Head Pediatric Critical Care and Pediatric Transport
Dr. Stacey Lovo
Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. James Purnell
Family Physician, Northern Medical Services; Assistant Professor, Department of Academic Family Medicine
Dr. Greg Hansen
Jim Pattison Children's Hospital, Saskatchewan Health Authority, Pediatric Critical Care
Dr. Fernanda DeMarzio
Pediatric Intensivist, Coordinator, Pediatric Virtual Care Program
Dr. Hamza Dani
Coordinator, Saskatchewan Virtual Care Strategy Project and Rural Virtual Care Program
Briana Bowes BA
Coordinator, Virtual Health Hub Program
Luis Bustamante MASc
Coordinator, Robotic Engineer
Christian Spana MSc
Coordinator, Mental Health App Project
Joey Deason MBA, PMP
Manager, Telerobic Ultrasound Project
Dr. Amal Khan
Physician, Population Health and Epidemiology Specialist
Tele-robotic Ultrasound Technologist
Sponsors and Donors
We would like to thank
Remote presence robotics is being scaled up in Saskatchewan!
Our mission is to improve access to care for vulnerable populations in Saskatchewan by fostering relationships with communities, identifying priority services required, and facilitating the use of remote presence robotics to make these partnerships a reality.
The remote presence program brings high quality patient-oriented and community-driven care to help vulnerable populations access health services close to home.
Technology is unstoppable
The future of medical care is going to happen through remote presence technology.