WASHINGTON — More than 100 hospital regions across Canada are streaming video and audio from their own hospitals, including ones in remote communities, to help patients get better.
The streaming service, called WISH, is a partnership between Canada’s National Hospital Association and the Canadian Hospital Association.
It’s also used by some of Canada’s largest health care providers, including the University of Toronto Medical Centre, the Toronto District School Board, and the Toronto Public Health Department.
A video showing a patient arriving at a trauma centre in a small town in the province of Alberta.
(CBC)It’s the latest initiative in a wave of Canadian hospitals streaming video from their hospitals to help doctors better understand the complex medical care that patients are receiving.
The goal of the project is to help hospitals identify which patients are likely to require intensive care, which can be life-threatening.
Patients and doctors in remote areas are also likely to experience delays in treatment, such as a patient needing emergency surgery or having their oxygen supply shut off for days, according to the association.
“The video we’re creating has a lot of different features, so it’s a great place for doctors to look at patient care,” said Dr. David Wittenberg, the association’s president.WISH has also partnered with local radio stations to broadcast the content.
The goal is to give doctors the tools to identify patients in remote regions, he said.
Wittenberg said the idea of a hospital streaming video to help their staff improve patient care is something many hospitals across Canada have tried to implement.
“When we started doing this, we had very little funding, and it was really difficult to do,” he said in an interview.
“We did a lot with the information we gathered.”
“A lot of doctors want to do that, so they’re really trying to get into the community,” said Wittenburg.
In some cases, WISH has found that the information is helpful, he added.
“In a few cases, we’ve seen that the data was very helpful, so we started giving it to our hospital partners,” he explained.
The WISH app is available for iOS and Android, and is available in several languages.
It costs $19.99 a year and can be downloaded from the app store.
The video streaming service has more information on the project.