Apotex “Proud and Excited” for Humber River Hospital’s Re-opening

IHealth_HS5s2015 has been an exciting year for healthcare. Technologies are being introduced in new and innovative ways that are helping to revolutionize the current state of medicine and healthcare. Society stands to gain immeasurably from today’s technological advances and those that are slated for arrival in the coming years.

Last summer, Apple launched iHealth, an app designed to give users control and access to vital health data. From heart rate to caloric intake, iHealth monitors and notifies users of increases or decreases in any of the preset categories. Along with the release of iHealth, Apple also unveiled a Healthcare App toolkit to help innovators build new healthcare apps.

One of the first healthcare providers to utilize the new iHealth technology was the Mayo Clinic, which developed an app that allows patients to share data with their healthcare provider in real time. “We believe Apple’s HealthKit will revolutionize how the health industry interacts with people,” John Noseworthy, Mayo Clinic president and CEO said in an interview.

Price Waterhouse Cooper meanwhile released a report earlier this year that concluded that many doctors and healthcare providers are fully ready and willing to implement new technology and innovation into their work duties. 86% of doctors surveyed said, “They believed that healthcare apps would become important to physicians over the next five years.”

Apps aren’t the only innovation revolutionizing healthcare. This month, Toronto will re-open Humber River Hospital, North America’s first fully digital hospital. The digitization at the hospital begins as soon as a patient enters, which is when their information is entered into automated kiosks connected to the rest of the hospital’s network.

Each hospital bed at the re-opened Humber River Hospital will also be integrated with a swivel-enabled terminal that is touch sensitive. Each patient can view schedules and appointments, access medical records and information, and even access the internet and watch movies directly from the console on the bed. The entire hospital will be tightly interconnected, with all staff and physicians carrying tablets for immediate access to needed information.

Humber River Hospital not only integrates the latest in cutting-edge digital technology available in medicine, the hospital is also energy efficient. In fact, the new facility is 40 percent more efficient than its other healthcare counterparts.

The state of the art hospital upgrade was made possible by a partnership between all levels of government and the private sector. Canadian generic pharmaceutical manufacturer, Apotex, donated ten million dollars for the cutting edge renovation. “The new Humber River hospital is an excellent example of how technology and innovation can come together and better the lives of citizens,” added Apotex’s Elie Betito. “We are tremendously proud and excited for the hospital.”

The pharmaceutical industry as a whole, not just Apotex, is onboard with innovation and technological change. The industry is currently investing billions of dollars into innovative drugs and medicines to treat a variety of illnesses and diseases. According to an IMS Health report, “Nearly 200 new drugs are forecast to be launched in the next five years, with a high number of new molecular entities (NMEs) expected to be launched annually, continuing a second wave of innovation similar to levels seen in the mid-2000s.”

Currently, there are more than 2,000 products in late-stage clinical development. These products will help in oncology treatments and a host of other medical issues. In addition, the global pharmaceuticals industry is undergoing a digital transformation of its sales and marketing strategies. Approximately 40 percent of the 250 billion spent on sales and marketing is being used to create a multi-tier engagement model with doctors and healthcare providers that will enhance patient care and transparency.

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