As a Mi² partner, Philips will bring healthcare technology expertise, insights and global best practices to help understand and address challenges faced by the Canadian health system. The partnership will enable Mi² to develop leadership resources for the creation of innovative and disruptive new technologies and collaboration on Mi² education and training development, workshops, publications, research projects and clinical studies.
The partnership between Philips Canada and Mi² aims to explore innovative projects such as process redesign and practice changes that could improve patient care and may be tested and trialed at Mackenzie Health’s Innovation Unit and beyond. The Mackenzie Health Innovation Unit is an acute care medical unit at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital and acts as a living laboratory for innovations to be developed, evaluated and adopted by other patient care units at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital, as well as the future Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital, and potentially at the health system level.
Philips is helping to establish best practices in healthcare management as part of various large-scale vendor partnerships and innovative managed equipment services agreements with innovative health care providers like Mackenzie Health.
With mobile device usage on the rise in healthcare environments, Mackenzie Health identified the need to find an efficient solution to sanitize frequently used mobile devices, to reduce the transmission of infectious diseases. “Recent research has shown mobile devices can carry all sorts of germs and at Mackenzie Health we are always looking for innovative ways to stop infectious viruses from entering the hospital and avoiding transmission between patients,” says Heather Candon, Manager of Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC), Mackenzie Health in York Region, Ontario.
In partnership with CleanSlateUV, a local healthcare innovator, Mackenzie Health with the support of Mackenzie Innovation Institute (Mi²), co-developed and implemented a unique mobile device sanitization solution for use in common areas of the hospital. CleanSlateUV specializes in Ultraviolet (UV) technology to sanitize a wide range of small non critical mobile devices such as cell phones, tablets, ID badges, stethoscopes, watches and other hard, non-porous items. Following a surface-clean to remove any visible dirt, the technology can sanitize these common devices within 30 seconds. The machines use UV-C (shortwave ultraviolet) light and have impressive results in destroying viruses including a 99.999% MRSA kill rate, 99.93% Clostridium difficile kill rate and >99.992% kill rate for Salmonella enterica, in just 30 seconds.
*This excerpt was modified from original source: Hospital News 2018 February