In partnership with AMS Healthcare, Healthy Debate is publishing a series of seven articles that explores the relationship between technology and compassion in the field of health care today, and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each article covers an issue examined in-depth in one of the seven chapters of AMS Healthcare’s recent book,Without Compassion, There Is No Healthcare – Leading With Care in a Technological Age.”

Neither Luddite nor utopian in its stance towards technology, the series will take a nuanced, inquisitive look at the ways in which technology and compassion are – or are not – converging within health care. By publishing this series, we hope to foster an open-ended discussion about how to integrate technology into the health-care system in a way that enhances – and does not diminish – compassionate care.

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by Max Binks-Collier

Dr. Ramona Mahtani has led an effort to integrate palliative care into siloed medical specializations throughout the pandemic. In doing so, she has put forward a bold, boundary-pushing vision of what palliative care can be.

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by Max Binks-Collier

An AI program in a Toronto hospital seems to be saving lives. Does it also offer a glimpse of a future in which AI makes health care more human, not less?

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by Max Binks-Collier

During the pandemic, elderly people with dementia in long-term care homes have used virtual reality to relive their pasts. Is this dementia care's future?

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by Max Binks-Collier

COVID-19 has increased the use of virtual simulations in nursing schools across Canada. But how big of a role should they play in nursing education after the pandemic?

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by Max Binks-Collier

Nurses have been using platforms like FaceTime to host visits between patients critically ill with COVID-19 and their loved ones. It's contributing to burnout – but also sometimes providing them with beautiful moments of human connection.

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by Max Binks-Collier

Community-health organizations are trying to make the rollout of vaccines in hot spots as accessible and equitable as possible by directly reaching out to hot-spot residents.