South East Health Integrated Information Portal

SHIIP is a secure web application that allows and encourages the coordination of care for patients in Southern Ontario. Coordination is enabled by the inclusion of many real-time and near real-time data feeds alongside an electronic Coordinated Care Plan (CCP). SHIIP aims to decrease system resource utilization while increasing the quality of care.

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Tri-national Heat Surveillance

KM is working with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, Health Canada, the US CDC, Mexico’s Federal Commission for the Protection Against Sanitary Risk (Cofepris), and Ottawa Public Health to produce a guide for North American communities to implement syndromic surveillance for extreme heat events. Ultimately, this project aims to improve heat resiliency and overall capacity to adapt to the weather changes expected with climate change in the participating communities. Syndromic surveillance provides the enhanced situational awareness needed to support public health resource allocation and emergency services, as well as helping to identify heat-vulnerable populations.

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Urban Heat Islands

One consequence of the projected effects of climate change is the increase in the intensity, frequency, and duration of heatwaves. Extreme heat is responsible for more deaths than any other form of severe weather, and the urban heat island effect makes cities even hotter than surrounding rural areas. Both urban planners and public health/emergency respondents need tools to understand the heat distribution in cities in order to (1) build cooler, more heat resilient cities, and (2) prevent and protect the most vulnerable from the health effects of extreme heat. KM, with Health Canada, used satellite imagery to calculate a predictive model of surface temperature maps of urban Ontario, and made them available as the Urban Heat Module in PHIMS, to provide the information needed to promote heat adaptation in our communities.

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