Travelling for health care is a given for many people living in Northwestern Ontario, though technology is helping reduce distance barriers to care. Dr. Abraham (Rami) Rudnick, who became the Vice President of Research for the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and the Chief Scientist of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute in January 2017, wants to find even more ways of bringing health care to the patient through the use of technology.
Although it’s a part of the Hospital you may never see, the clinical laboratory is a critical part of your care at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Throughout your hospital stay – and often beyond – the lab plays a vital role detecting, diagnosing, and treating disease.
Chris Abraham, a PhD candidate working with Dr. Laura Curiel and Dr. Samuel Pichardo at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute, presented research in Vienna, Austria in 2016 that represents early steps to a whole new way of diagnosing and treating prostate cancer.
Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 5 has an almost constant presence at the Hospital, with a long history of giving to a variety of departments. Most recently they chose to support the appeal for a new Retinal Imaging Camera in the Lions Vision Care Centre.
The ColonCancerCheck fecal occult blood test (FOBT) kit is Ontario’s colon cancer screening test for men and women between the ages of 50 and 74 years who have no first-degree family history (i.e. parent, sibling, child) of colon cancer.
Travelling clinics. Telemedicine. Connected hospital systems. These are just a few of the ways health care providers are bringing health care closer to home for patients today. But is there room for research to help improve “remote health care” even more?