Innovation Unit Launch

Announcement Date: June 19, 2014

The Mackenzie Health Innovation Unit is a first-in-Canada project which features a unique integration of advanced technology that transforms the delivery of care.

A first in Mackenzie Health’s Innovation Journey, the Innovation Unit is an acute care medical unit that has been transformed into a living laboratory where innovations in healthcare technology, practices, and service delivery can be developed, implemented, adopted, evaluated and spread to other patient care units at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital, the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital, and more broadly to the health system.

The Innovation Unit includes 17 Smart Patient Rooms (34 beds) which feature “smart” beds, “smart” stations, “smart” badges, dome light indicators and hand hygiene support systems as part of a multi-phase implementation designed to enhance the quality of care.

By implementing technologies that are designed and integrated to improve the patient experience and clinical outcomes, doctors and nurses are better able to perform their roles and deliver safer, more efficient care to patients. Ultimately, it enables nurses and other inter-professional team members to spend more time at the bedside, providing hands-on care.