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  • The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre was formed in 1999 to serve as a catalyst for growth in the IT and knowledge based sectors.
  • The three main departments of the Innovation Centre include business incubation, small and medium enterprise support and market development projects.
  • In 1999, the City and PUC of Sault Ste. Marie were each about to hire southern Ontario companies to come up and implement GIS solutions for each organization. With the creation of the Innovation Centre, a different idea came about concerning GIS. The City and PUC combined their efforts and agreed to implement a shared GIS solution for both organizations under the umbrella of the Innovation Centre. Southern Ontario consultants would be hired for a year or two to do knowledge transfer to locally hired Innovation Centre staff. The jobs and most of the money would stay local and a municipal / utilities core expertise would be seeded in Sault Ste. Marie. This was completed during a five year five million dollar GIS project. EDS, ESRI and J.D. Barnes were all involved in the knowledge transfer. The solution now serves the City, PUC, EDC and Conservation Authority of Sault Ste. Marie plus several health related partners. The costs and benefits of the multi enterprise solution are shared by all partners.
  • Until recently all sidewalks in Sault Ste. Marie ended at an intersection with an abrupt drop off. With an increasing number of seniors and handicapped citizens, these sidewalks became a huge issue. City Public Works now spends $15,000 a year ramping existing sidewalks. This was done at random across the city. For the last couple of years, Public works, through the CGC, uses GIS to prioritize where to ramp sidewalks. Data used includes: current non ramped sidewalks, Parabus client pickup and drop off database (postal codes only), senior locations, hospitals, pharmacies, retirement homes, chiropractors or any other location where a senior or handicapped person may live or visit. From all this data the GIS now is used to prioritize where best to spend the $15,000.
  • A density map of bear calls crated using Spatial Analyst. This slide and the next one were created as posters in public education meetings to educate the public to reduce the number of bears coming into urban neighbourhoods.
  • Density map of 2005 bear calls.
  • The trap containing 100% Culex mosquitoes is specially designed to catch only Culex Mosquitoes -Trap sites are selected for location, site availability, sampling history, and previous activity. -The absence of traps in any specific area does not indicate an absence of Culex mosquitoes. -The centre of the circle reflects the trap location. -The size of the circle reflects the total number of female mosquitoes trapped.
  • The CGC assists the Sault Ste. Marie Public Utilities Commission Inc. reduce liabilities related to tripping hazards.
  • It has recently been discovered the PUC submersible transformer vaults may be possible West Nile Virus mosquito breeding grounds. These underground vaults have an open screen flush with the surface. The vaults are generally always full of water. These underground transformer vaults were very popular in the 1970s but are not used much any more. Using PUC data, all submersible transformer vaults were plotted on a map and supplied to Algoma Health Unit. Many of these vaults will be tested for West Nile Virus mosquito larvae.
  • Tom Vair (Ssmic)

    1. 1. Research, Innovation & Economic Development in Northern Health TORC 2010 Health Forum March 31, 2010 Tom Vair Executive Director
    2. 2. SSM Innovation Centre’s Purpose A catalyst for growth in the science and technology sectors.
    3. 3. SSMIC Background Business Incubation SME Support Services Market Development Projects (GIS)
    4. 4. Research, Innovation & Economic Development in Northern Health <ul><li>Innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Economic Development </li></ul>
    5. 6. Data Layers <ul><li>Parcels </li></ul><ul><li>Addressing </li></ul><ul><li>Zoning </li></ul><ul><li>Official Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Water </li></ul><ul><li>Wastewater </li></ul><ul><li>Electric </li></ul><ul><li>Telecom </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Orthophotography </li></ul><ul><li>Tourism </li></ul><ul><li>Parks </li></ul><ul><li>Terrain </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural / Heritage Features </li></ul><ul><li>Buildings </li></ul><ul><li>Parking Lots / Meters </li></ul><ul><li>Businesses </li></ul><ul><li>Census </li></ul>
    6. 7. <ul><li>URISA 2009 Best Public Sector GIS in Ontario </li></ul><ul><li>ESRI Inc. 2008 Communication Award at GIS in Health Conference (Washington) </li></ul><ul><li>ESRI Inc. 2007 Special Achievement Award in GIS (SAG) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>International Award (Category: Public Health & Human Services) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>URISA 2006 Leadership in the Field of GIS </li></ul><ul><li>URISA 2006 Best Municipal GIS Award </li></ul><ul><li>ESRI Canada 2006 Award of Excellence </li></ul><ul><li>URISA 2005 – Silver Award – GIS Leadership in Ontario </li></ul><ul><li>SSM Police 2005 Award – Commitment to the Community </li></ul><ul><li>URISA 2003 Best Municipal GIS Award </li></ul><ul><li>ESRI Canada 2002 Business Partner Award </li></ul><ul><li>Publications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Municipal World - ESRI: Healthy GIS - Ontario Technologist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- ArcNews - URISA: Ontario Chapter - ESRI Calendar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- MISA - GeoWorld - Advances in Disease Surveillance </li></ul></ul>Awards and Publications
    7. 8. Sidewalk Curb Cuts and Sanding Prioritizing for the City of Sault Ste. Marie Elderly People (Over 75) Living in Own Home in 2004 with Senior Locations
    8. 9. Density of Reported Bear Sightings (2004)
    9. 10. Density of Reported Bear Sightings (2005)
    10. 11. Data analysis <ul><li>Low birth weight babies </li></ul><ul><li>Childhood injuries </li></ul><ul><li>Children’s Aid </li></ul><ul><li>EDI Test Scores </li></ul><ul><li>Mother’s activities during pregnancy </li></ul><ul><li>Christmas Cheer </li></ul><ul><li>Flu shot clinics </li></ul><ul><li>Diabetes analysis </li></ul>
    11. 12. CNIB Audible Crosswalk Selection
    12. 13. Mosquito Trapping Results (2006) Note: This trap only catches Culex mosquitoes 2008 Mosquito Trapping Results Note: This trap only catches Culex mosquito’s 2007 Mosquito Trapping Results Note: This trap only catches Culex mosquito’s 2006 Mosquito Trapping Results
    13. 14. PUC Tripping Hazard Database
    14. 15. Submersible Transformer Locations
    15. 16. GIS and Lead in Drinking Water <ul><li>Lead in drinking water became an issue in Ontario in 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Homes in London found to have elevated lead despite flushing </li></ul>
    16. 17. GIS and Lead in Drinking Water <ul><li>Health Risks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Particularly for children and pregnant females </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bottle fed babies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exposure can cause damage to nervous system and impaired mental development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ontario drinking water quality standards maximum is 10 micrograms per litre. </li></ul></ul>
    17. 18. GIS and Lead in Drinking Water
    18. 19. GIS and Lead in Drinking Water Postal Codes of Pregnancies (APH) Postal Codes of Potential Lead Services (GIS) Postal Code Matches Exact Addresses of Pregnancies Exact Addresses of Potential Lead Services Priority List for Testing GIS Addresses Contact Info
    19. 20. C. difficile Mapping <ul><li>Sequence of Events </li></ul><ul><li>Fall 2006 - Sault Area Hospital encounters serious C. difficile outbreak </li></ul><ul><li>Hospital spends several million dollars on enhanced cleaning efforts with little improvement </li></ul><ul><li>Investigation of 26 patient cases revealed that C. diff caused or contributed to the death of 18 patients </li></ul><ul><li>January 2007 – Algoma Public Health (APH) asks CGC for assistance in mapping </li></ul><ul><li>Jan – Feb 2007 – CGC captures 3D digital GIS layout of General and part of Plummer Hospitals </li></ul><ul><li>CGC develops C. difficile database tracking application </li></ul><ul><li>Feb-April 2007 – APH enters hospital form data into the C. difficile database application </li></ul><ul><li>March 2007 – CGC begins analysis of spatial relationships and queries </li></ul>
    20. 21. Sault Area Hospital General Site (Floor 2)
    21. 22. Sault Area Hospital General Site (3-D)
    22. 23. C. difficile Mapping <ul><li>Questions to be answered: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Were there “hot” rooms? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Were patients leaving the hospital with C. diff? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Were patients admitted to the hospital with C. diff? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Was practice following policy? For example, were patients being moved with their beds? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What were the patterns of patient movement and was this a factor? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Was there excessive patient movement? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Was patient movement and isolation efficient and effective? </li></ul></ul>
    23. 24. Next Steps – Future Development
    24. 25. Client Interface
    25. 26. Research <ul><li>2005 Community IT Strategy created </li></ul><ul><li>Proceed on two fronts: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Drive Niche Opportunities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Establish the Environment </li></ul></ul></ul>
    26. 27. Health Informatics Healthcare Communication and Technology Centre – Group Health Centre and SSMIC Community Geomatics Centre <ul><li>Group Health Centre </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Innovative Electronic Medical Records system a cornerstone of their award-winning model and Health Promotion Initiatives program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EMRxtra - a $3.5 million dollar project bringing pharmacists into the circle of care </li></ul></ul><ul><li>GIS - Community Geomatics Centre </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Numerous awards including International </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>award for GIS in Health and Human Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unique in Canada and in growth mode </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Video Gaming </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ICIZ Game Development Lab started </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategic Advisor hired </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MOU signed with Toronto Rehab </li></ul></ul>
    27. 28. Research Platform <ul><li>Health Informatics Institute – Algoma University </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ESRI Canada Health Informatics Research Chair </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Community Partnerships </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Group Health Centre </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Algoma Public Health </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sault Area Hospital </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Garden River Wellness Centre </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Northern Ontario School of Medicine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sault College </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NE LHIN </li></ul></ul>
    28. 29. Economic Development <ul><li>Job growth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CGC staff now over 20 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HII </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Funding attraction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CGC – over $10M </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HII – over $2M </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Product Commercialization </li></ul><ul><li>Site location </li></ul>
    29. 30. Thank you Tom Vair Executive Director Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre [email_address] 705-942-7927 x. 3152

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