Health at Vector
There is an unprecedented opportunity for world-leading machine learning research and innovation that builds the data advantage stemming from our public health system.
Working with partners in the health and academic sectors, Vector will support and enable health AI research and innovation across a wide range of topics.
Health is a key pillar in Vector’s Three-Year Strategy:
Towards better whole-life health, Vector will enable effective & appropriate research access to health data.
We believe all Canadians deserve to benefit from modern health care solutions using the best technologies and tools available. We are uniquely positioned to convene and facilitate partnerships among scientists, government, and public health institutions to help health practitioners and policy-makers use the best-available AI tools to improve patient outcomes and health care delivery. Key to applying AI and working with de-identified Ontario health data is the development of a modern health data governance framework that protects privacy without stymying the adoption of innovative life-saving technologies. With a practical and enforceable framework in place, we will also take advantage of industry’s ability to develop and scale new innovative technologies for modern health care and to contribute health-related insights.
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The Vector Institute is supporting a series of Pathfinder Projects to implement AI-assisted technologies in the health sector. Pathfinder Projects are small-scale efforts designed to produce results in 12 to 18 months that guide future research and technology adoption. With technical and resource support from the Vector Institute, they each bring together a multidisciplinary research team to tackle an important health care problem or opportunity using machine learning and AI more broadly. Each project was chosen for its potential to help identify a “path” through which world-class machine learning research can be translated into widespread benefits for patients.
- AI Early Warning for Patients at Risk of Needing Transfer to Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in partnership with St. Michael’s Hospital.
- AI Tick Identification to Combat Lyme Disease in partnership with Public Health Ontario.
- Enhancing Radiology with AI in partnership with University Health Network (UHN) and the University of Waterloo.
- AI-enhanced “MEDLY” for Remote Monitoring of Patients with Congestive Heart Failure in partnership with UHN.
- Artemis Machine Learning for Early Diagnosis of Life-Threatening Infection in Premature Infants in partnership with Ontario Tech University McMaster Children’s Hospital and Southlake Regional Health Centre.
- Essential Requirements for Establishing and Operating Data Trusts: practical guidance from a working meeting of Canadian organizations and initiatives
- Implementing AI in healthcare: an overview of the Health AI Deployment Symposium which took place in Toronto, Ontario on October 30th, 2019 as a joint collaboration between the Hospital for Sick Children and the Vector Institute
- CTV Kitchener: AI system more accurately identifies collapsed lungs using chest x-rays
- CityTV: Artificial Intelligence to give Toronto doctors a 2nd opinion
- Canadian Healthcare Technology: Artificial intelligence makes strides as an intelligent assistant
- Globe and Mail: SickKids announces Vector Faculty Member, Anna Goldenberg, as the hospital’s first chair in biomedical informatics and artificial intelligence