The Quebec Consortium for Industrial Research and Innovation in Medical Technology, MEDTEQ, is proud to announce the launch of the first collaborative project funded by the consortium. Research activities will focus on mobile multi-channel tele-consultation for homecare. The project is at the crossroads of the participants’ missions and focuses on a strategic application area: patient centric care. The project’s partners met at the Research Centre on Aging (CdRV) of the CSSS-IUGS to launch the activities. Vigilent Telesystems, the physiotherapy clinics Physio Atlas, the CdRV, the Interdisciplinary Institute for Technological Innovation (3IT) of the Université de Sherbrooke and MEDTEQ were present at the kick-off meeting to review the work schedule and deliverables. The project is also financially supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, NSERC.
Collaboration is key to this project. The industrial partners are looking to define technology and best practice in order to offer patients an effective homecare solution. The researchers bring complementary skills and field knowledge of homecare for an ageing population.
“Bottom line: sharing of risk, accelerated action plans, anticipation of the integration of innovative solutions in a new care pathway… a win-win for all partners”, says Pierre de Boucherville, President of Vigilent Telesystems.
“This research project is consistent with the 3IT’s mission of developing new technologies for emerging markets”, states François Michaud, Director of the 3IT and Professor at the Department of electric and computer engineering at the Université de Sherbrooke. The technological skills of the institute are leveraged by those of the CdRV. “We will focus on the development and assessment of the effectiveness of the tele-care provided through this project from a service center to the patient’s home,” adds Professor Michel Tousignant, Director of the CdRV and Chairholder of the Research Chair in Telerehabilitation of the Université de Sherbrooke and of the Vitae Foundation.
“This project is in line with our clinics’ objectives as the clinical solution being defined addresses the needs of a specific clientele requiring rehabilitation. Furthermore, it allows us to provide feedback to all participants in order to have a product adapted to the clinical reality of homecare” adds Éric Bouchard, Physiotherapist and Director of Physio Atlas.
Medical technologies transform access to care and impact the day-to-day reality of clinicians and patients. In addition, they contribute to the evolution of healthcare to better respond to the priorities of an ageing population. “The MEDTEQ Consortium is proud to be part of this collaborative research project set within a key growth sector for Quebec and international healthcare systems”, notes Diane Côté, President and CEO of MEDTEQ.
MEDTEQ is the Quebec Consortium for Industrial Research and Innovation in Medical Technology launched in 2012 with the financial support of the ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie. Its goal is to support the emergence of innovative technological solutions and to accelerate the development of the sector in Quebec. MEDTEQ’s collaborative research model brings together the complementary skills of industrial partners and academic and research institutions with those of university teaching hospitals and their networks.
About Physio Atlas
Founded in 2005, the Physio Atlas clinic offers its patients quality care in particular in the treatment of orthopedic injuries. Physio Atlas works closely with the Université of Sherbrooke, both at the academic level and through its collaboration with the CdRV in the TÉLAGE project, as well as in the monitoring of Vert et Or athletes.
About the Université de Sherbrooke
The Université de Sherbrooke lies at the center of one of Quebec’s three major research hubs. Recognized for its sense of innovation, the university is a key partner of senior and regional governments to promote social, cultural, and economic development. Moreover, the university stands out because of the significant growth in its research activities in recent years, its technology-transfer successes, and its open-innovation and entrepreneurial initiatives in collaboration with industry and social communities.
About the 3IT
The Interdisciplinary Institute for Technological Innovation (3IT) of the Université de Sherbrooke is a promoter and showcase of innovative practices in socially and economically responsible academic and industrial research. The 3IT accelerates technology transfer with industry as well as public and private institutions, especially in the health, ITC, transport and energy sectors.
About the CdRV
The Research Centre on Aging (CDRV) is home to 30 researchers who work in a variety of scientific disciplines. The Centre also has 50 associate researchers and more than 100 people who are committed to research in one form or another. The CDRV is one of the most important centres on aging in Canada.