Living lab SAT/CHU Ste-Justine

Living lab: humanizing health care in hospitals with the help of Art and Technology


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1201, Boulevard Saint-Laurent Montréal (Québec) H2X 2S6 Canada
CA Canada

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About the project Edit

Living Lab SAT/CHU Ste-Justine is dedicated to humanizing care. It is an initiative that is part of a societal transformation that focuses more on the person behind the disease and seeks to improve the human experience behind healthcare. This transformation is happening to a new generation of young people born in a digital world where they are developing as human beings and preparing to be the builders of tomorrow. The deep introspection caused by digital uses in particular, the arts and technology, are also shaping this transformation.

As of September 2010, this collaboration resulted in a common desire to create an integrated health care model that is more responsive to the different needs of the patient - needs such as physiological well-being, but also the emotional, social and mental well-being. A model in which humanizing care involves the overall comprehensive treatment of patients and their relatives and the improvement of the quality of life for health professionals in hospitals. The discovery of new technological uses and the generation of interactive and immersive content created by the users themselves (young patients, health professionals, hospital staff, families, etc.) are at the heart of the methods used to help achieve this goal.


In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

A Living Lab named METALAB in Montreal (Société des Arts Technologiques: SAT) formed a partnership with a hospital (Sainte-Justine) to reinvent the young patient's experience in the medical world by using the most innovative immersive video technology and digital art! This is a world's first for the potential for therapy and well-being to be particularly disruptive.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

The devices developed at Living Lab promote:

1) reducing anxiety in children (i.e., creating an atmosphere in the room with the help of projection technology, therapy where children interact with a life-size avatar of their choice, etc.)

2) socializing (e.g. telepresence stations allowing children to communicate with each other from remote hospital locations)

3) regaining autonomy (e.g. an immersive gym that makes it possible for children to explore new types of games that develop their motor skills, as well giving e them the possibility to participate in physical activity despite their functional limitations)

4) expressing emotions (e.g. creating works of art using digital and adapted portable technologies)

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

The potential to implement these initiatives at Living Lab SAT/Ste-Justine is huge given that it impacts the organization and the patient's experience at any hospital and care centre in the world. The techniques and devices developed have a universal value and significance.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

The hardship that young hospitalized patients experience in the long-term long combined with the potential of video technologies mastered by patients born in the digital age.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

The project is funded by the Fondation de l'hôpital Sainte-Justine. The technological developments could be co-financed in partnership with the suppliers of immersive video equipment. Technology can be transferred from one hospital to another.


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