The province has announced that joint funding between the federal and provincial government will be used for inpatient monitor upgrades and new monitors to support care and remote monitoring capabilities at Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre (HSC) Children’s Hospital.

“The installation of new monitors – and upgrading of existing equipment – will improve our health care teams’ ability to support safe patient care for children in need of the specialized services and treatment only available at Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg Children’s Hospital,” said Dr. Patricia Birk, professor and head, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, provincial specialty lead, pediatrics, child health, Shared Health. “This new technology will let members of the care team communicate clearly using voice activation, and will allow teams to respond even more quickly to any vital sign monitor alarms.”

This funding will enable the purchase of up to 20 monitors and central stations, and upgrades to several existing inpatient monitors and CHED monitors. This will result in up to 26 inpatient-monitored beds that will support care on three floors. Modern, integrated remote monitoring will enable health-care providers to communicate through voice-activated systems and receive immediate notification of any vital sign monitor alarms.

The Government of Canada is investing $3,046,200 towards this project. The Government of Manitoba is also contributing $761,550.