May 14, 2024 The Coordinated Accessible National (CAN) Health Network is pleased to announce its partnership with Distributive, an innovative Canadian technology company that offers affordable AI application enablement platforms.

Even before COVID-19, lengthy surgical wait times were a significant challenge facing hospitals across the country. Following the reduction in elective and non-emergent surgeries during the pandemic, hospitals faced immense backlogs, which meant patients were waiting even longer to get the surgeries they needed.

In response to this challenge, Distributive developed a surgical block schedule optimization tool that improves surgical efficiency. Traditional methods of generating surgical block schedules rely on manual, time-consuming and resource-intensive processes, often with pen and paper. Distributive’s data-driven software tool, Osler, uses state-of-the-art predictive analytics that mitigate resource challenges and create surgical block schedules that maximize efficiency.

“Our favourite aspect of the job is collaborating with hospital staff and witnessing their sense of relief when they first utilize Osler,” said Karen Batch, Director of the AI Task Force, Distributive. “It is so easy and intuitive to use, sheds hours of work, places deep insights at everyone’s fingertips and recommends realistic optimizations to create more efficient block schedules that are based on each hospital’s unique circumstances and the realities they face.”

Through its partnership with the CAN Health Network, Distributive will have the opportunity to work directly with some of Canada’s leading health care organizations and increase the potential to scale its solution across the Network and beyond.

Distributive’s Osler software tool will be part of a CAN Health commercialization project run by St. Mary’s Hospital, and in partnership with Grand River Hospital, to test, validate and customize the Osler solution and its impact on improving surgical efficiencies and wait times for patients.

“We are excited to welcome Distributive to the CAN Health Network,” said Dr. Dante Morra, Founder and Chair, CAN Health Network. “Reducing surgical backlogs and wait times is critically important to hospitals across the country. We are excited to support the growth of this Canadian solution.”

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