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‘Unique’ disease tracking system developed October 4, 2008

Posted by Bahadir Sahin in English, Haber (News).
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New technology with the potential to be the only system on the market that can track disease outbreaks has been developed in Sault Ste. Marie.

The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre, with Infonaut Inc., is developing a GIS system that will, in real time, track disease outbreak, hospital equipment, patients and staff, enabling faster and better patient safety decisions.

The work is catching the eye of the Ontario government.

It is providing the Innovation Centre with a $142,900 grant through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. for the development of the first 3-D hospital GIS system in Northern Ontario.

Sault MPP David Orazietti, who made the announcement Friday, said “we recognize the importance of supporting the development of this unique system that could help staff manage the spread of infectious diseases in a hospital setting.”

He noted the project also helps the boost local development and attract and retain highly skilled workers in the Sault.

The project is expected to create at least 10 new jobs over the next three years.

The technology is being designed to help the health care sector manage the spread of infectious diseases such as c. difficile.

GIS is an application that allows users to perform interactive searches, analyze spatial information, edit data, create maps and display the results of their operations.

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