ROBOTS AND COVID-19
Saskatchewan is ready to deploy medical robots to help fight against COVID-19.

 

REMOTE PRESENCE
Our remote presence healthcare model can be recreated in Canada and the rest of the world.

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Changing the way patients consent to procedures by illustrating how surgery is done.

Healthcare

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.

 

REMOTE PRESENCE
Our remote presence healthcare model can be recreated in Canada and the rest of the world.

Service

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.

Children

Remote presence robotics increases access to specialist pediatric care to children in Saskatchewan in a safe and time-efficient manner.

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.

Indigenous Communities

Our strategy can help overcome barriers Indigenous communities have accessing health care services and has been a priority area for the program.

 

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.

 

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Changing the way patients consent to procedures by illustrating how surgery is done.

Research

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

Remote Presence

We have been studying the use of virtual care and remote presence technology in providing primary and specialized care in several areas.

Pediatrics

We are exploring the use of remote presence technology in acute pediatric care. Several systems have been installed across the province of Saskatchewan.

Telerobotic Ultrasonography

We are investigating a novel telerobotic ultrasound system to provide real-time sonography studies in remote locations in the northern communities.

Indigenous Health

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.

Physiotherapy

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.

Smartphone Applications

We develop mobile applications to bring information closer to doctors and patients

SK-Patient

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.

M&M 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

Inventory is a web application to share with health professionals emergent medical protocols and procedures to treat COVID-19 screened patients.

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.

Team

 

Dr. Ivar Mendez

Dr. Ivar Mendez

F. H. Wigmore Professor and Provincial Surgery Head, University of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Health Authority

Dr. Veronica McKinney
Dr. Veronica McKinney

Director, Northern Medical Services

Dr. Tanya Holt
Dr. Tanya Holt

Division Head Pediatric Critical Care and Pediatric Transport, Saskatchewan Health Authority

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Dr. Stacey Lovo

Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science, University of Saskatchewan

Dr. James Purnell

Dr. James Purnell

Family Physician, Northern Medical Services; Assistant Professor, Department of Academic Family Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Scott Adams
Dr. Scott Adams

Radiology Resident, Ph.D.(c), Department of Medical Imaging, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

Luis Bustamante
Luis Bustamante

Robotic Engineer Coordinator, University of Saskatchewan

Joey Deason
Joey Deason

Robotics Analyst, University of Saskatchewan

Rachel Johnson

Rachel Johnson

Remote Presence Clinical Coordinator, University of Saskatchewan

Mayra Samaniego
Mayra Samaniego

Research Assistant, Ph.D.(s), IoT, Robotic Software, University of Saskatchewan

Aniket Kumar
Aniket Kumar

Research Assistant, Post-doctorate Fellow

Tara Spencer
Tara Spencer

Neuromodulation Nurse, Department of Surgery

Cheri Derksen

Cheri Derksen

Neuromodulation Nurse, Department of Surgery

Angie White
Angie White

Communication, Department of Surgery

Sponsors and Donors

We would like to thank

Government of Sask

 

RUH Foundation

 

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RBC Royal Bank

 

Remote Medicine Program

 

Leslie and Irene Dube

 

Merlis Belsher

 

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About Us

Remote presence robotics is being scaled up in Saskatchewan!

About us

Mission

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.

 

Vision

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.