Information, Communication, and Automation Technology (ICAT) Healthcare Vision

Mackenzie Health is re-envisioning its care delivery model to embrace a connected health strategy that utilizes digital communications and the Internet of Healthcare Things to provide quality health care both inside and outside of the traditional hospital setting. 

Driven by an overarching smart hospital vision enabled by Information, Communication, and Automation Technology (ICAT) Healthcare, Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital, Canada's first smart hospital, will leverage innovations in pervasive computing and ambient intelligence to create a smart hospital environment that is context aware, personalized, anticipatory, adaptive, ubiquitous, transparent and, consequently, capable of complex semi-autonomous interactions.  Through the utilization of state-of-the art health care technologies in a facility designed on the principles of the Internet of Healthcare Things, and leveraging experience in continuous quality improvement, Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital will be at the forefront of innovation in smart hospital design.

2 infographic showing how people, devices, systems and technology all connect to the Smart Hospital

It is estimated that there will be approximately 50 billion devices connected to the internet and, therefore, to each other by 2030.  The Internet of Healthcare Things is fundamentally changing the delivery of health care by unifying communications and information exchange in unprecedented ways, and delivering the right information and resources at the right time to the point of care. At Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital, the Internet of Healthcare Things will be comprised of IP addressable communications and medical devices, sensor systems, embedded systems, intelligent building systems, and hospital information systems such as the electronic health record.  These will all be integrated through an enterprise service bus that allows all of these disparate systems to exchange information with each other, and with patients, healthcare providers, and staff.  The combination of bidirectional communication between clinical, business, and building systems, the implementation of smart, semi-autonomous devices and sensor networks, and the use of cognitive analytics within the facility will create endless possibilities for the development of smart, efficient, and effective hospital processes. The enterprise service bus will also communicate with devices outside the hospital, allowing Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital to provide secured services to patients' homes, physician offices, and other health care organizations.

In order to effectively optimize hospital processes, Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital will have an operating environment where both business and health care process models can be populated in real-time with data acquired from systems connected to the enterprise service bus, so that the interactions between assets, personnel, building systems, and clinical devices can be analyzed and simulated using contemporary industrial engineering software.

By utilizing the smart hospital infrastructure at both Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital and Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital, secure hosted or cloud-based services will be developed that include unified communications (audio/video) both between providers and between patients and providers, patient portals, community provider portals, home health tools such as wireless sensors for home management of healthcare problems, a formulary of mobile applications, and a unified repository of private and secure patient electronic records (the "single source of truth" for Mackenzie Health patients' confidential health data).

Mackenzie Health is the registered owner of  the Official Marks for IOHT (Internet of Healthcare Things) and ICAT Healthcare.