TechNOW Interview with Pierre Poirier: "It's an area of great opportunity for health care" – describing the future of the Public Safety Broadband Network
June 1, 2015


++ Action Item: Watch CATAAlliance's Chief Business Officer, Kevin Wennekes, as he interviews Pierre Poirier, Executive Director of the Paramedic Association of Canada, regarding the developments of a national Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) for Canada.

In this 10-minute interview, you will hear Mr. Poirier discuss the opportunity that exists for companies to develop technology solutions that link the paramedic community to the hospital and in-home care communities, how "Decision Support' technologies are critical to the future of the Paramedic service in Canada, and describes in very practical terms how the Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) can have a positive impact on their operational effectiveness and ability to ultimately deliver a higher degree of patient care.

Key quotes:

On the potential for new products/services:
"There is real opportunity for health care providers and health care technology companies to look at that space where they can link either technology or applications they are procuring for the hospital environment with those that may be in the respite care or home care and have the paramedic as a conduit in between those."

On importance of Decision Support technology:
"All these variables can be inputted into a decision support tool that can really benefit not only the patient, but also what I'd say in terms of scarce resources right now, the use of resources we have in terms of the Paramedic service."

On the PSBN:
"If we can provide the care at the home, where most people prefer to be cared for, and provide the definitive care in the home this is a great opportunity in health care, a great use of advance technology plus it really does leverage this idea of broadband and the sharing of information going back and forth."

Watch the full video here: http://youtu.be/nISNbUfINi8

Public Safety Broadband Network Video Campaign/
Each week, CATAAlliance will interview an individual authority or panel of experts on a wide range of topics related to the development of a PSBN, and speakers will represent domestic and global private, public and academic interests. As such, conversations will cover a wide range of related issues, including:

  • Defining the use and applications of a PSBN
  • Exploring possible governance models, interoperability standards, and policy needs
  • Defining technology and architecture needs
  • Understanding the Private-Public Partnerships that will be required
  • Exploring a PSBN's potential impact on real-time situational awareness
  • Understanding a PSBN's potential impact on deployment under certain scenarios
  • Discovering what operational efficiencies may be realized
  • Showcasing and promoting current research initiatives
  • Internationally-informed lessons learned or best practices


To be kept regularly updated on the broadcast schedule, contact Kevin Wennekes at kwennekes@cata.ca asking to be included in future correspondence on this initiative, join his or CATAAlliance's many social media platforms, or regularly review the CATASecure site for updates.

Next Broadcast Date Join Kevin Wennekes as he interviews Dan Elliott, Manager, Communication Systems - Integrated Operations Control Centre, Greater Toronto Airports Authority, on June 4, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. EST.
Use this link to access the live broadcast at the scheduled date and time:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21X74rBw2ik

Related PSBN Videos

Eric Torunski, Executive Director of the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group, and Steve Palmer, Executive Director of the Collaborative Centre for Justice and Safety at the University of Regina: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXrAOtanHlw

Honourable Vernon White, Senator, Senate of Canada: http://youtu.be/KQq578JkbW4

Ernest MacGillivray, Alignment Champion, Public Safety, Province of New Brunswick: http://youtu.be/6C9Um8x1T3U You can view other interviews featuring noted public safety leaders covering a wide range of topics on Kevin Wennekes' YouTube channel.