Of Health Care and Earthquakes


The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) is funding nine new Strategic Research Networks that support the research priority areas identified in the Government of Canada’s Science and Technology (S&T) Strategy. Two of these initiatives are based at McGill: the Healthcare Support through Information Technology Enhancements (hSITE) and the Canadian Seismic Research Network. The projects were selected through a peer-reviewed competition. NSERC will provide each network with $5 million over the next five years.

When Canadians think about how to improve the health care system, “better information technology” may not be the answer that springs to mind. But the hSITE initiative, led by David Plant, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is built on the idea that novel, advanced communications systems and infrastructures will boost health care workflows, patient care and safety—as well as help deliver more efficient and cost-effective health care to Canadians.