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Innovation comes alive in the VGH Emergency Department with new living lab


At Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), we are always seeking new opportunities to lead innovation for high-quality patient care.

That's why we are so excited to announce that on March 9, Vancouver General Hospital's (VGH) Emergency Department (ED) was named as a MEDTEQ+ Beachhead™ Centre of Excellence and living lab site.  

The MEDTEQ+ Beachhead™program connects its network of Canadian and international centres of excellence and industry partners to test and develop new health-care innovations, such as technologies, ideas or work flows, in clinical settings and in real time.

As innovations are proven successful on site, they are seamlessly brought into practice, leading to faster improvements in patient care.

Beachhead (definition): An initial accomplishment that opens the way for further developments.

“Innovation is a strategic priority at Vancouver Coastal Health," says Dr. Christopher Lee, VGH's MD, MSc Disaster Med., FRCPC Attending Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine. “We value our role as a leader in bringing evidence-based innovation into the delivery of the best emergency and trauma care."

As a Beachhead™ network member, VGH will contribute to and access shared learnings and processes.

“We have the opportunity to collaborate with partners across Canada to deliver technology-enabled solutions in an emergency care setting," says Christopher says. 

ED LIVE (Laboratory for Innovation, Validation and Enhancement) brings innovation alive

VGH's living lab will bring together research and technology in the hospital's Emergency Department.

“Operating as the ED LIVE, the VGH Beachhead™ laboratory will partner with industry to test and validate virtual care and artificial intelligence (AI) tools to support operational efficiency and highest quality care,"  says Lori Korchinski, Vancouver Acute's Operations Director, ED, ICU, Respiratory Services, BTHA, Trauma Services.

“The VGH ED living lab will become one of a handful of Beachhead™, or specialized living labs, across Canada, and the only Beachhead™ in B.C."

The ED LIVE laboratory aims to ensure:

  1. Staff and physicians have access to cutting-edge technology to provide the best in emergency and trauma care.

  2. Patients are cared for with the latest advances in medical technology at B.C.'s only Level 1 trauma centre, quaternary care centre and main referral site for the province.

For an example of how applied clinical research and technological innovation can work together, check out this story from the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute.  

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