Norwegian Health Minister visits Hamilton to announce a health research project and discuss innovation

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Norwegian Minister of Health and Care Services, Bent Hie, and Norwegian delegates will be visiting Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) on January 24th, 2018, to announce a new health research partnership and to explore the potential of new partnerships involving health innovators from Hamilton and Norwegian industry.

The GERAS Centre for Aging Research, a partnership between Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University, is leading a research study to pilot one of the world’s first “smart” hospital beds from Norwegian health tech company Ably Medical, and assess its impact on patient care and the work of health care providers.

The GERAS Centre is the first in Canada to test Ably Medical’s innovative hospital bed. This wireless bed has sensors built in to monitor the patient’s health data. Upon changes to the data, the system predicts possible outcomes and provides insights for early intervention. On top of that, the bed’s design models that of the human spine and moves to provide better mobility and stability.

“Innovation is key to finding new and better ways to providing sustainable health care,” says Ted Scott, Acting VP Research and Chief Innovation Officer at HHS. “We are working towards a shift from hospital to home healthcare whereby a more proactive, self-managed approach is taken. This makes digital health innovation a priority. The GERAS Centre’s partnership with Ably Medical is a great start to future collaborations with Norway.”

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