In October 2016, construction began on the corner of Jane Street and Major Mackenzie Drive in Vaughan, the future site of the $1.2-billion Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital.

As Ontario medical malpractice lawyers know, hospital overcrowding is a serious problem in Ontario. Vaughan is part of the Regional Municipality of York, one of Canada’s fastest growing census divisions over the past 15 years. Between 2006 and 2011, the region grew 22.5 per cent; and between 2006 and 2011, it grew a further 15.7 per cent. Despite rapid population growth, it has been 30 years since a new hospital was built in the area. The Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital, which is scheduled for completion in 2020, should ease the pressure the region’s other medical facilities are experiencing in the face of the population boom.

York Region’s new medical facility will also be the first in Canada to feature fully integrated “smart” technology systems and medical devices that can speak directly to one another, according to the hospital’s website.

Ontario medical malpractice lawyers have been touting the benefits of smart healthcare technology for some time. Electronic health systems, for example, enable doctors to easily access their patients’ complete medical records in a digital format whenever they need information. This helps them avoid performing procedures which might be dangerous or prescribing drugs to which the patient may be allergic.

The Mackenzie Vaughan facility is taking substantial steps to become a sort of “hospital of the future.” It will implement a connected health strategy that includes unified communications and the adoption of Internet of Healthcare Things (IOHT) devices.

In an excellent article for Hospital News, columnist Catalina Guran points to the hospital’s upcoming Code Blue (cardiac arrest) response system as a prime example of its connected strategy. The system includes a vital signs monitor which, when triggered, will send a silent alert to members of the Critical Care Response Team, who will be wearing smart real-time location services badges that can automatically override elevators to provide the fastest possible route to the patient. The triggered vital signs monitor will automatically return the hospital bed to its flat position to allow for resuscitation, and the IV pump will stop administering narcotics that could cause respiratory depression. The patients’ medical records will also appear onscreen for the caregivers’ reference.

This sort of smart workflow can save lives, make life easier for doctors, and ultimately reduce the likelihood that you will have to contact a team of Ontario medical malpractice lawyers.

In addition to state-of-the-art technological tools, the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital will feature a number of patient-centred amenities, including substantial drop-off and pick-up areas, a family welcome centre, and the ability to register, book appointments, and find your way around through a mobile app. An Integrated Bedside Solution (IBS) will also allow hospital staff, physicians, and patients to easily access pertinent medical information.

If you’ve suffered an injury as a result of poor or sub-standard care at an Ontario hospital, contact the Ontario medical malpractice lawyers at Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers’ Medical Malpractice Group today. We can help you access the compensation you need to ensure a smooth recovery.

Greg Neinstein