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Doors Open at Bruyère


On June 1, 2019, Bruyère participated in Doors Open Ottawa.


The main event included tours of our smart apartment where scientists, innovators and industry partners collaborate to test technologies that will keep older Canadians independent and at home.


We welcomed close to 300 people throughout the day. It’s clear that Ottawans are excited about the research happening here and its potential for helping people stay healthy and autonomous.


Leading up to the day, Bruce Wallace from SAM3 was featured on CBC’s All in a Day.


Before and after the tours, visitors explored our Geriatric Day Hospital and the various innovation stations we had set up. Here is a quick recap:


-        Whack-a-Mole – A tablet-computer game designed to collect data on a patient’s memory and reaction times—information that can be useful to their doctor. This game is for individuals who are experiencing a decline in memory and cognition.


-        Motiview – Stationary biking can be boring. With this online library of more than 1500 videos from around the world, individuals are encouraged to cycle longer as they explore familiar and/or new and exciting locations.


-        eConsult – A secure online application that offers primary care providers prompt access to specialist advice for their patients. Specialists respond in a matter of days—compared to months or years spent waiting for a face-to-face appointment.


-        Virtual Reality Rehab – This non-immersive virtual reality system tracks a person’s movements, allowing them to interact with therapeutic games and activities on a television screen.