Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology

Report of the committee

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology has the honour to present its

ELEVENTH REPORT

Your committee, which was authorized by the Senate on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, to study the role of robotics, 3D printing and artificial intelligence in the healthcare system, respectfully requests funds for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018 and requests, for the purpose of such study, that it be empowered:

(a)  to engage the services of such counsel, technical, clerical and other personnel as may be necessary; and

(b) to travel inside Canada.

Pursuant to Chapter 3:06, section 2(1)(c) of the Senate Administrative Rules, the budget submitted to the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration and the report thereon of that committee are appended to this report.

Respectfully submitted,

KELVIN KENNETH OGILVIE

Chair

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STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON SOCIAL AFFAIRS, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Study on the role of robotics, 3D printing and artificial intelligence in the healthcare system

APPLICATION FOR BUDGET AUTHORIZATION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING MARCH 31, 2018

Extract from the Journals of the Senate of Tuesday, October 25, 2016,:

The Honourable Senator Ogilvie moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Eggleton, P.C.:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology be authorized to examine and report on the role of automation in the healthcare system, with a particular focus on robotics, artificial intelligence and 3D printing, in:

• Direct patient healthcare;

• Indirect patient healthcare; and,

• Home healthcare.

That the committee submit its final report no later than December 31, 2017, and that the committee retain all powers necessary to publicize its findings until 180 days after the tabling of the final report.

After debate,

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

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SUMMARY OF BUDGET

General Expenses$7,000
Activity 1: Visit to Ottawa University and Ottawa Hospital $1,300
TOTAL
$8,300

The above budget was approved by the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology on Thursday, March 30, 2017.

The undersigned or an alternate will be in attendance on the date that this budget is considered.












Date
Président du Comité sénatorial permanent des affaires sociales, des sciences et de la technologie
KELVIN KENNETH OGILVIE
Chair, Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology











Date
Président du Comité permanent de la régie interne, des budgets et de l’administration
LEO HOUSAKOS
Chair, Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration

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STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON SOCIAL AFFAIRS, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Study on the role of robotics, 3D printing and artificial intelligence in the healthcare system

EXPLANATION OF BUDGET ITEMS APPLICATION FOR BUDGET AUTHORIZATION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING MARCH 31, 2018

GENERAL EXPENSES







PROFESSIONAL AND OTHER SERVICES








CONSULTANTS


1.Graphic Design (0303)6,000







ALL OTHER EXPENDITURES








PRINTING


1.Printing (0321)1,000







Total of General Expenses$7,000






Activity 1: Visit to Ottawa University and Ottawa Hospital
FACT-FINDING (20 participants: 15 senators, 2 clerks, 1 analyst, 2 interpreters)






TRANSPORTATION, ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING EXPENSES







1.Charter bus (0228)750







2.Taxis (0223)200













ALL OTHER EXPENDITURES








RENTALS


1.Rental - interpretation equipment (0504)350













Total of Activity 1$1,300






Grand Total
$ 8,300

The Senate Administration has reviewed this budget application.












Date
Blair Armitage, Principal Clerk,
Committees Directorate











Date
Nathalie Charpentier, Comptroller,
Finance and Procurement Directorate

APPENDIX (B) TO THE REPORT

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration has examined the budget presented to it by the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology for the proposed expenditures of the said committee for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, for the purpose of its special study on the role of robotics, 3D printing and artificial intelligence in the healthcare system, as authorized by the Senate on Tuesday, October 25, 2016. The approved budget is as follows:

General Expenses$7,000
Activity 1: Visit to Ottawa University and Ottawa Hospital $1,300
TOTAL
$8,300

(includes funds for a fact-finding mission; includes funds for 15 senators to travel)

The budgets approved by the Senate for each travel activity are the maximum amount that can be spent for that activity;

Budgets normally include funds for the full membership of the committee to travel;

In general, a reduced delegation actually travels and efforts are made to find additional savings;

Therefore, actual expenditures are expected to be considerably below the approved budget, and they will be reported to the Senate;

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In keeping with the claw back process that is already in effect, any unexpended funds allocated in this budget for travel will be returned to the central committees’ budget at the end of October 2017, to ensure that funds are not tied up unnecessarily. These funds will be made available for redistribution to all committees for travel in the Fall of 2017, upon application to the Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration.

Any surplus funds remaining at the conclusion of a travel activity will be clawed-back and can be made available for allocation to committees for other activities.

Respectfully submitted,

LEO HOUSAKOS

Chair