Queen's University

Business student wins national health care award

 
2010-03-12

 

Business student Tiffany Chui has sound advice for improving Canada’s health care system. Her report entitled Improving Emergency Room Wait Times and Patient Quality Care with Mashup Technologies earned second-place in a national contest.

The Health Council of Canada’s Health Innovation Award competition challenged college and university students to propose ways of renewing and sustaining Canadian health care.

“I feel very fortunate that I won because the process was clearly quite competitive and there were many excellent ideas worthy of merit,” says Ms. Chui.

According to her report, integrating current technologies such as global positioning systems, e-Health and social media networking (Twitter, YouTube) with 911 dispatch systems could enable better flow for communication. Dispatchers could be equipped to send triage patients to the nearest hospital with the shortest wait time for their given condition. With the Canadian health care system at a unique stage in its history, leveraging technology can renew the system but implementing and executing these ideas is more challenging.

Ms. Chui received her award at the Health Innovation reception in Ottawa recently.

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