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Pre-Conference Field Trips

Expand your conference experience and join us for four unique tour opportunities in Toronto on Tuesday, July 25, the day before the INFORMS Healthcare Conference 2023 begins. All Pre-Conference Field Trips depart from and return to the Hilton Toronto. Please meet your group in the hotel’s temporary lobby at the posted start times below. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Registration: $20. Limited to one tour per person. Space is limited. Cancellations: No refunds will be given unless tour is cancelled by INFORMS or the medical facility.

Toronto Rehab Institute: 12:45-3:15pm

Join us for a tour of one of the world’s most advanced rehabilitation research and development centers – KITE at Toronto Rehab – a place where new treatments and technologies have been developed for people recovering from and living with disabling injuries or illnesses. You will have opportunities to visit the Challenging Environment Assessment Laboratory, the only facility of its kind in the world. This massive underground lab features the world’s first hydraulic motion simulator. This simulator can be integrated with four customizable testing environments that enable researchers to recreate and evaluate conditions such as ice and snow, different terrains and slopes, and driving conditions involving rain and headlight glare. The tour also includes laboratories that simulate both healthcare (e.g., a patient’s room) and home environments. Together, these world-class facilities allow researchers to safely and accurately measure the difficulties encountered in the real world. The labs are also used to evaluate the impact of new treatments, devices, and technologies developed at KITE, Toronto Rehab – University Health Network.

Details: Masks and proof of vaccination will be required. The group will walk to and from Toronto Rehab.
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University Health Network: 1:00-3:30pm

Join us to learn how the University Health Network [UHN], Canada’s largest health research organization, is transforming healthcare through innovations in
healthcare human factors, digital therapeutics, and data and analytics. 
Healthcare Human Factors design and evaluate health products and services to address the complexity of human behavior and create experiences that are both seamless and safe by combining design and engineering with an in-depth understanding of humans and healthcare. The Centre for Digital Therapeutics is a research and development group generating cutting-edge technology to power new models of care and building novel digital therapeutics for chronic disease management, with solutions aimed to empower patients to become partners in their own healthcare through the use of technology. Data & Analytics builds UHN’s ability to see, understand and use its data to advance patient care, education and research by enabling advancements in performance improvement, data literacy, data governance, analytics, business intelligence, and automation capabilities.

Details: Masks required in public/patient-facing areas of the hospital. The group will walk to and from UHN.
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Humber River Hospital Command Centre: 1:00-4:30pm (Sold out)

Enjoy an incredible tour of the Command Centre at Humber River Hospital, which has helped to make incredible gains in all key areas of their operations. Created within the facility’s existing footprint, the Command Centre allows for the development of long-term savings while achieving return on investment in a short time frame. Most importantly, the Command Centre has uncovered new ways to improve patient safety and health outcomes by turning fragmented information into meaningful, actionable data for clinicians and frontline staff to use.

Details: Transportation will be provided.
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LKS-CHART (St. Michael’s Hospital): 1:45-4:15pm

Explore the Li Ka Shing Centre for Healthcare Analytics Research & Training (LKS-CHART), a service-based healthcare data analytics group housed at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Their current focus is on the hospital setting and making sense of healthcare data so partners can make better decisions, increase hospital efficiency, and improve patient care. Their talented team of data scientists use scientifically rigorous methods to conduct meaningful analyses that generate data-driven insights. Their mandate is to help clinician and management partners to make real-world decisions that improve patient care. Unity Health Toronto is the leading healthcare organization in Canada for the development and deployment of applied AI solutions, with over 40 AI solutions in clinical and operational practice and an active pipeline for future development.

Details: Masks will be required. The group will walk to and from St. Michael’s Hospital.
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