Research & development
Hamilton opens innovation centre for
Ont. – Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) has launched a state-of-the-art,
IT innovation centre that will test and develop new solutions for the
corporation’s five hospitals and cancer centre.
Over 80 ICT team members are working together to run simulations and
troubleshoot new systems before they are widely
implemented across HHS. A secure test lab located on site provides an
ideal environment for this purpose.
One of the solutions currently being developed for prime time is
Microsoft’s unified communications running on Hewlett-Packard hardware –
said to be a technological first in Canada within a healthcare
The solution will allow staff to work wirelessly and still remain
connected to telephone, voice mail and e-mail anywhere, anytime. The
technology will enable healthcare providers to stay in touch with
colleagues and gain quick access to information they need, at the
patient’s bedside, or anywhere in the hospital or outside its walls.
The $1.5 million innovation centre was launched earlier this month after
six years of planning. “We are extremely proud of the new innovation
centre we have created to bring and introduce new technologies to the
organization and the healthcare community,” said Mark Farrow, HHS Chief
Information Officer and Assistant Vice President of Information and
Communication Technologies. (Pictured above are Mark Farrow, Murray
Martin, HHS President and CEO, and Phil Soper, Vice President and
General Manager at CCSI Compucom.)
Staff at the centre will focus on help desk, infrastructure, customer
service, project management, production support and web development.
Impromptu meetings within project teams can be conveniently arranged as
modern furniture pieces within the new space have been selected for
their mobile features, allowing staff to easily work together.
In addition to HP Canada and Microsoft Canada, other technology leaders
including CCSI Compucom, CISCO Systems Canada, Dell Canada, gloPlug,
IBM, NetApp, Nortel, and Panduit Canada have also supported HHS’s
healthcare technology vision. Together, these leading vendors have
donated over $350,000 in hardware, software and services to the new
CCSI Compucom was amongst the first of the partners to contribute to the
new hub, donating $50,000 in hardware and services to HHS.
“We are very proud to be part of this initiative and proud of being able
to work with all of our partners in bringing new technology to HHS,”
said Phil Soper, Vice President and General Manager at CCSI Compucom.
“We don’t often see a facility like this one. The new space truly
demonstrates the importance of IT within the organization. Moving
forward, we hope that we can continue to be a key enabler at HHS.”