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Better health care through collaboration

Last Monday, along with our partners at Polytechnique Montréal, Université de Montréal, Sainte Justine Hospital and the CHUM, we unveiled the TransMedTech Institute. This collaborative project will see us develop superior designs and methods to treat three areas that pose major health risks for Canadians: cancer, cardiovascular illnesses and musculoskeletal disorders. The Jewish General Hospital, a key facility in CIUSSS West-Central Montreal, is proud to play a crucial role in the area that focuses on cancer.

This marks not only the first time that all of these organizations have come together on a project, but the first project of its kind in Canada. From engineers to physicians, from researchers to patients, we’re not looking at issues in a vacuum; instead, we’re working together as Quebecers who know the important roles that innovation and technology play in health care. Silos have been dismantled, and instead of protecting research as if it were a trade secret, we’re sitting together to share what we’ve learned so far, and what we need to focus on next to improve the quality of care, and the way it’s delivered.

By having this varied group of individuals working cooperatively, our hope is to develop new technologies that will provide faster, more efficient care to our patients. Of the budget of almost $100 million, over half is provided by the institutions involved. This reaffirms that throughout health care and beyond, the need for new technologies is not only recognized, but prioritized.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: It’s amazing what becomes possible when we work together.

Lawrence

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