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October 24, 2013

SickKids brings innovative spirit to national conference

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SickKids’ innovative spirit was highlighted at this year’s annual conference of the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC) at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Oct. 20 -23.

Over 400 national delegates attended the conference entitled Innovations in Children’s Healthcare: from Inspiration to Application. The event was co-hosted by SickKids.

During the conference Mary Jo Haddad, President and CEO of SickKids, was presented with CAPHC’s 2013 Contribution to Child Health Award.

“Courage and creativity are essential for creating a culture of innovation,” Haddad said in her presentation on enabling innovation in children’s health. “SickKids defines innovation as new ways of thinking and doing that imagine a better future and create value for patients, families, funders, staff and society.”

“What is different today is the incredible urgency around generating new and better ways of doing things. We’re all talking about innovation. At SickKids, we don’t view innovation as something to call on when times get tough, it’s something that we practice every day and is a part of who we are.”

SickKids presented its Innovation Hub at the conference’s exhibit fair, demonstrating the impact innovation has on health outcomes. Five interactive displays showed the innovative thinking, collaboration and cutting-edge technology developed at SickKids that may enable knowledge translation globally.

  •  OtoSim, an otoscopy training system, has been shown to improve the accuracy of diagnosing ear pathologies by 44 per cent through its effective simulation experience.
  • Daily Continuous Improvement (Daily CIP) is a new lean management system that engages all frontline staff and includes team huddles and status updates to improve problem solving, empower staff, and better manage the tasks of the day. Over 800 improvements have been implemented through Daily CIP at SickKids.
  • The neurosimulator, constructed from silicone rubber and encased in a 3D-printed skull, looks and feels like a real brain and helps to improve training for neurosurgery teams.
  • WiKidea, an online crowdsourcing tool has been used to share hundreds of ideas at SickKids, engaging all staff in solving complex problems across many areas including patient and staff experience, system processes and more.
  • The Bedside Paediatric Early Warning System (BedsidePEWS) can identify children at risk of cardiac arrest with at least one hour’s notice and empowers clinicians by giving them real-time accurate data to make the best care decisions.

Next year’s CAPHC conference will take place Oct. 19 - 22 in Calgary.