2013-01-15 Fostering Collaboration in Healthcare (Tour/Demo/Presentation)

Fostering Collaboration in Healthcare(Note the new location!)Presented by Martin Brooks and John Spence, Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre RVR Lab

Date: Tuesday January 15th, 2013
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; tour/demo/talk begins at 6:30 pm
Place: Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre, located at 505 Smyth Road, Ottawa, ON, Canada, near the General Campus of The Ottawa Hospital and the Children Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).

Our next event on January 15th will be a field trip! We will be meeting at the Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre and getting a tour/demo of the Rehab Virtual Reality (RVR) Lab. The tour/demo will be followed by a presentation at a conference room onsite: “Fostering Collaboration in Healthcare”


Strengthening the coordination, communication and collaboration between healthcare professionals offers hope for simultaneously improving healthcare quality and reducing healthcare costs. This talk will describe outcomes from the Health Services Virtual Organization Project (2009-2012) and a new Collaborative Health Services Project. Focus will be on technology and human behaviour in healthcare.


Martin Brooks
Martin Brooks holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University. From 1999-2007 he worked at the NRC Institute for Information Technology (IIT) as Founder & Leader of the Broadband Visual Communication Research Program overseeing such projects as LearnCanada, MusicGrid, Participatory Design Studio, and Health Services Virtual Organization. In addition, he was the co-leader of the CRC/NRC VirtualClassroom Program and initiated NRC collaboration with the National Arts Centre and other government departments. As the President of iDeal Consulting since 2007, Mr. Books has been involved in financial engineering industrial research at Apollo Systems Research Corp. and acted as the principal in two CANARIE projects: Health Services Virtual Organization (Simulation Challenge Learning), GreenStar Network (Green ICT).

John Spence
Formerly the Program Manager, Application Technologies, Broadband Networks Technologies Branch, at Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC), Industry Canada, Mr. Spence presently is a private consultant and holds Emeritus status with CRC. He has 15 years experience in the design and implementation of broadband technologies to support e-learning and e-health applications. While at CRC, he co-managed the CRC/NRC VirtualClassroom Program. The VirtualClassroom program formed national and international collaborative partnerships to research and develop innovative broadband collaborative learning applications for K-12 virtual learning communities. Along with serving as leader and project manager for various multi-million dollar CANARIE projects, Mr. Spence has extensive experience as an International ICT education consultant and national and international keynote speaker and was awarded The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for leadership in the development of the multi party distant education programs.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, January 15th, 6:00 pm at the Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre, located at 505 Smyth Road, Ottawa, ON, Canada, near the General Campus of The Ottawa Hospital and the Children Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). The doors open at 6:00 pm for networking and the tour/demo/presentation begins at 6:30 pm.

Note: There is no cost for attending this event and prior registration is not required. However, standard hospital parking fees will be in effect.

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

Check out the summary from our last Interactionary: http://www.capchi.org/blog/2010-08-16-interactionary-hci-design-challenge-summary, and consider our call for participation: CapCHI Interactionary for February 19th, 2013.

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