Making continual advancements and staying abreast of the latest discoveries in order to improve practices and services are among our teams’ daily commitments. Joining forces with a team of more than 80 researchers and clinicians provides access to current knowledge for the benefit of users.
INNOVATING TO PROVIDE PERSONALIZED CARE
Thanks to the support of the REA Foundation, a highly specialized research laboratory will be set up in 2017 in order to provide 1500 children, 400 adolescents and 2700 adults who are deaf or deaf-blind, or who have an auditory processing disorder or a language disorder with personalized treatment. The use of Neuroscan and Eyelink II measurements will help identify in advance the most suitable type of rehabilitation treatment for each individual. The use of objective measurements will also be tremendously useful, in particular with regard to auditory training for young children and measuring how vision (lip reading) contributes to the understanding of verbal messages.
INNOVATING TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO CARE AND SERVICES
The REA Foundation provided support for a clinical telerehabilitation project that allows for remote intervention in order to improve access to specialized or highly specialized assessment, consultation and rehabilitation treatment services. After being tested and evaluated, the REACTS technological platform now makes it possible to provide remote services from the various fields of expertise of our CIUSSS. Since January 2015, more than 100 users have benefitted remotely from the expertise of specialized teams. Some 225 telerehabilitation sessions have been offered, thus improving access to, and the continuity and quality of services for clients. Moreover, a research team has studied the implementation process in order to better understand which elements facilitate the process and which ones impede it. Our hope is that, in time, patients from all over Québec will be able to benefit from this way of delivering services. Lowering costs and eliminating transportation difficulties for users go a long way to improving their quality of life!