Mackenzie Health leader in innovation of care

Your community hospital is pioneering innovative technology and practices that have the potential to dramatically improve patient care across the province – if not the country – in the future.

After receiving international acclaim for the Canadian first-of-its-kind Innovation Unit, Mackenzie Health has now partnered with three leading technology firms to take its innovation agenda to the next level.

Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital hosted a special event June 24 attended by dignitaries and technology sector executives, including BlackBerry Executive Chairman and CEO John Chen, to introduce its new Innovation Institute, Mi2, and its first project, Phase Two of the Innovation Unit.

In collaboration with BlackBerry, Cisco and ThoughtWire, as well as healthcare providers and academia, Mackenzie Health is implementing an “Internet of Healthcare Things” smart mobile clinical messaging and alerting system that will automate the secure transmission of data from medical devices to healthcare providers’ mobile handsets.

The analysis of information collected through this “living laboratory” will inform planning decisions for Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital, as well as at the provincial healthcare system and beyond.

Phase Two builds on the Innovation Unit’s smart environment, which features smart beds and badges, an enhanced hand hygiene support solution and dome light indicators for safer and more effective patient care.

According to Mackenzie Health President and CEO Altaf Stationwala, the system will result in faster and more accurate, private and secure communication between patients and their healthcare providers.

“Innovation is a key enabler in achieving our vision to create a world-class health experience,” Mr. Stationwala said. “Mackenzie Health has assembled a dream team for the evidence-based design, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of this Ontario-grown clinical messaging and alerting solution.”

Innovation Unit Phase Two received funding from Ontario Centres of Excellence under a program that supports collaboration between  the public and private sectors to build ground-breaking products and services that improve care and create a more efficient and sustainable healthcare system.

“I admire the drive of everyone here at Mackenzie Health,” Reza Moridi, Minister of both Research and Innovation, and Training, Colleges and Universities, said at the launch event.

Mackenzie Health’s Innovation Unit project demonstrates the collaborative spirit that makes Ontario unique and will see it become a leader in healthcare, he said.

“At the end of the day, it’s about better care, better jobs and a healthy economy,” Mr. Moridi added. “I applaud Mackenzie Health and its partners for keeping Ontario at the forefront.”

You can learn more about the Mackenzie Innovation Institute and the Innovation Unit on or the Mackenzie Innovation Institute YouTube channel (

Photo:  Altaf Stationwala, President and CEO, Mackenzie Health  and John Chen, Executive Chair and CEO, BlackBerry at the launch of Mi2 at Mackenzie Health.