AMS Healthcare to support project aimed at helping seniors age in place

The vast majority of seniors dread the prospect of living in institutionalized settings and would rather age in place. Trends suggest Canadian seniors are increasingly moving to urban areas, with many choosing to downsize into apartments or condos in order to remain living independently.

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Partnership between Joint Centre for Bioethics and AMS Healthcare to shape the future of artificial intelligence in Canada’s health system

Partnership between Joint Centre for Bioethics and AMS Healthcare to shape the future of artificial intelligence in Canada’s health system. A new partnership with AMS Healthcare is supporting the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB) accelerate knowledge and inform practice on ethical artificial intelligence (AI) in health care.

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Improving mental health care by fighting poverty

This was the first of a five-part series in The Globe and Mail on modernizing medicare considering lessons from home and abroad. Historically, Canadians embraced medicare as part of an effort to separate personal wealth from individual health. But, in defending our rights to enter hospitals without risking financial ruin, did we swallow a bitter…

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Is compassionate leadership an antidote for health care burnout?

Can health care be a toxin for those providing care to others?  The drive for cost savings, the increasing complexity of care, the menace of electronic medical records and the emotional challenges of responding to patient suffering put health care professionals at high risk for burnout.  Today, burnout is common among all members of our health…

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Is healthcare innovation simply an act of compassion?

Northern Ontario covers 87% of Ontario’s land mass, is inhabited by 6% of the province’s population, and has the highest rates of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular, and respiratory disease in Ontario. Disease prevalence is highest in the 13% of Indigenous Northerners. Providing Northern Ontario health care in the future will be challenging as the lifestyles of…

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How I choose to repair the world

I’m often asked why I do what I do. Actually, it’s rare that someone questions my decision to look after sick people as a physician. People also rarely wonder why I chose to get married or to have children. On the other hand, my academic interests – the focus of my research and educational work…

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Watching someone die and feeling … nothing

The first time I witnessed a death, I was a third year medical student and at  the very beginning of my training. My patient was older – in his late 70s – and all alone. His family dropped him off at the emergency department and were not reachable by phone. One of my first nights…

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There’s room for competition in public healthcare

This is the last of a five-part series in The Globe and Mail on modernizing medicare looking at lessons from home and abroad Carol Propper is a professor of economics at Imperial College Business School, London Do competition and choice improve health care? Or is health care just too complex and emotive an area to…

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Medicare doesn’t have to be expensive…just look at Israel

This was the fourth of a five-part series in The Globe and Mail on modernizing medicare considering lessons from home and abroad. Bruce Rosen is director of the Smokler Center for Health Policy Research at the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute in Jerusalem. In Canada, there is an ongoing debate about whether to expand medicare to include a…

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Addressing jurisdictional disputes to improve Indigenous heath

This was the second of a five-part series in The Globe and Mail on modernizing medicare that considered lessons from home and abroad. Josée Lavoie is a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, and director of the Manitoba First Nations Centre for Aboriginal Health Research, at the University of Manitoba.  In 2017, there…

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