MAKE HISTORY WITH US
As innovators, influencers and drivers of change we’re calling on Canada’s tech community to innovate for SickKids. Our fundraising challenge: $25 million to invest in big-data solutions and a modern new hospital to support AI’s limitless possibilities.
They’re founders and CEOs, lawyers and entrepreneurs. Here are the people who’ve stepped up and joined our fight.
Founder & Managing Partner, Impression Ventures and Vice-Chair, SickKids Foundation
Tech4SickKids supports two main initiatives:
Artificial Intelligence in Medicine for Kids (AIM4Kids) is an in-house resource hub to steer AI projects from lab to bedside. For example, machine-learning models that can predict cardiac arrest or return-visits to the ER. For all the hype about AI in medicine, clinical application is in its infancy. We want to blaze the trail. We want to make the hype happen. After all, if child health is the root of lifelong health, data science must start here.
In 2018, Tech4SickKids member Amar Varma supported the Varma Family Chair in Biomedical Informatics and Artificial Intelligence—the first of its kind in Canada. It was awarded to Dr. Anna Goldenberg, a leading computer scientist who wants to use her AI skills “for good.” “To be able to help children is so important because they have their whole life ahead of them,” she says. “We can actually make a huge difference here.” Read more here.
In 2018, a group of Tech4SickKids founders and companies pledged an investment to modernize our aging emergency department—a huge win for our 80,000 yearly ER patients.
02 BUILD A NEW SICKKIDS
SickKids is a world-leading children’s hospital, but you wouldn’t know it to walk our halls. Parts of the building no longer meet modern building codes. Hallways double as storage closets. The emergency department is overrun and outdated. We need a hospital as innovative as our care, fitted with the latest technologies: portable equipment that comes to the bedside, an ER that expands and contracts based on patient flow, modular rooms that can convert to any kind of clinic: orthopaedic one day, diabetes the next. We’re not just building a hospital, we want to lift paediatric health-care to new heights.