Saint Elizabeth Health Care in Markham has been chosen for the trial of an innovative health care program aimed at curbing endless trips to the hospital for seniors.

Developed by an Israeli company, the program, HeartBeat Technologies (HBT), partners the provincial government and Baycrest Health Sciences to assist health monitoring by providing non-invasive care management. The HBT system combines wearable sensors with software that allows monitoring of such things as heart rate, oxygen levels, blood pressure, cardiac output, hydration and more. The goal is to prevent multiple hospitalizations by using the technology to remotely monitor and diagnose health conditions.

The non-profit Saint Elizabeth Health Care was selected because it has existing programs that provides in-home care for seniors. HBT will be supported by existing platforms that monitor seniors in home care.

The project is a collaboration between Canada and Israel that provides funding for innovative health-related pilot projects.