Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Richmond, B.C. - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today that neuroArm - a sophisticated medical robotic system developed by MDA, has successfully performed ground-breaking robotic neurosurgery at the Calgary Foothills Hospital. Renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Garnette Sutherland skillfully operated neuroArm during an intricate 8-hour procedure to remove a brain tumour from a 21 year old patient.
'neuroArm met all our expectations,' stated Dr. Garnette Sutherland, professor of neurosurgery at the University of Calgary's Faculty of Medicine and a Calgary Health Region neurosurgeon. 'The manipulators and controls performed flawlessly, providing extraordinary control and extreme accuracy.' He went on to add, 'The success of this procedure is expected to revolutionize neurosurgery.'
MDA has a disciplined program to nurture spin-off opportunities. Spin-offs are under development in diverse markets that include medical, mining, nuclear, etc. In the medical area, our neuroArm is a specific avenue under development for extremely precise surgery applications.
Developed in cooperation with the University of Calgary's Faculty of Medicine, neuroArm combines MDA's innovative robotic technology with the University of Calgary's vision for improving medical procedures and provides a major technological and medical advancement in patient care.
neuroArm incorporates the most advanced control systems and vision technology that will allow neurosurgeons to perform highly intricate surgical procedures. Initially designed for brain surgery applications, the technology can be applied to other surgical applications.
'The Canadian Space Agency's investment in space has provided the foundation to advance our robotic technology to benefit Canadians and patients around the world,' said Steve Oldham, a vice president within MDA's Information Systems group. 'Drawing upon three generations of robotic systems developed by MDA for the International Space Station, neuroArm is a natural extension of MDA's robotic technologies.'
neuroArm is the first of its kind image-guided robot providing unprecedented levels of dexterity and high positional accuracy. The system combines a highly accurate MRI compatible manipulator system, image guidance, end effectors that incorporate modified neurosurgical tools, touch sensors and force feedback hand controllers that provide remote presence and control to the surgeon. The system provides both diagnostic and surgical capability.
For more information, please contact:
MDA External Relations
Monday, May 19, 2008
New National Fund to Support Internationally Educated Nurses - Canadian Nurses Foundation Announces RBC Diversity in Nursing Fund
Administered by the Canadian Nurses Foundation, the RBC Diversity in Nursing Fund will provide bursaries to internationally educated nurses or IENs. These bursaries will subsidize the cost of bridging programs, including language training, enabling IENs to practise in Canada.
"Diversity is definitely a competitive advantage in Canada, and we believe that organizations, cities and businesses that leverage diversity will be more sustainable over the long haul," said Shari Austin, vice-president and head, Corporate Citizenship, RBC. "Nursing is critical to Canada's health-care system, which is why RBC is honoured to provide this $25,000 donation to the Canadian Nurses Foundation to establish the RBC Diversity in Nursing Fund."
In 2006, IENs represented 7.5% of Canada's registered nurses, or 19,836 nurses, with the number of IENs applying for licensure increasing three-fold in many jurisdictions in recent years. CNF and CNA recognize the right for individuals to migrate but do not support the unethical recruitment practices of nurses.
For further information: Jonelle Istead, Canadian Nurses Foundation,
1-800-361-8404 ext.204, firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, May 12, 2008
MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 12, 2008) - MediSolution Ltd. (TSX:MSH), today announced the launch of the new MediSolution Learning Center, a centralized organization designed to provide customers with convenient access to training for all MediSolution product families.
The MediSolution Learning Center will provide a full range of courses and workshops aimed at providing beginner and advanced end users with the necessary skills and techniques to optimize MediSolution's software products within their own organizations. The Learning Center facilities include fully equipped learning laboratories which have been designed to provide an optimal hands-on and classroom style training experience. MediSolution Learning Center courses and workshops are currently offered in Montreal, Quebec City and Laval. A wide range of online courses are also available to further facilitate access to skills improvement.
All Learning Center courses and workshops will be led by seasoned professionals with specialized domain knowledge and advanced product expertise. In addition to gaining an understanding of the various features available in the software, attendees will be provided with tips and techniques to save time and design more efficient workflows.
"We realize that the right training, provided at the right time allows our customers' new and existing employees to rapidly improve product proficiency, saving valuable time and money," explained Paul Lepage, President and CEO at MediSolution. "The Learning Center curriculum will ensure that our customers are offered the courses and workshops they need in a structured, scheduled, professional environment."
The Credit Valley Hospital has partnered with RxTV and SHARP Electronics of Canada Ltd to bring preventive medicine information to the community, its patients and their families in high-impact High Definition.
Exposing patients and families to reliable health and wellness information is a focus of Credit Valley’s new and improved internal television station known as Credit Valley Current. A new partnership between SHARP and Credit Valley is showcasing digital signage in high definition (HD) format featured on SHARP’s 36 – 54” HDTV screens strategically located throughout the hospital.
The Credit Valley Hospital has launched a High Definition (HD) multi-zoned digital information program. The initiative is made possible through a unique partnership between Credit Valley, SHARP Electronics of Canada Ltd and RxTV.
A new digital signage software created exclusively by SHARP is being piloted in a hospital setting at Credit Valley.
The hospital produces a wide-range of award-winning health and wellness videos.
Physicians and clinicians also provide preventive medical tips for patients, visitors and staff. The multi-zoned areas provide current weather, news, sports and traffic in addition to current hospital event schedules. The software allows the flexibility to tailor specific programming to the patients in that area (such as emergency and oncology). The hospital presently has seven different programs showing concurrently.
The multi-zoned areas provide current weather, news, sports and traffic in addition to current hospital event schedules. The software allows the flexibility to tailor specific programming to the patients in that area (such as emergency and oncology). The hospital presently has seven different programs showing concurrently.
Credit Valley Current will be an integral part of the hospital’s new expansion project.
The programming will include regular construction site “walkabouts”, progress reports, web cam screen captures as well as important messaging to support the Hospital Foundation’s $45 million fundraising campaign for the phase two construction project.