The site of the proposed regional mega-hospital at County Rd. 42 and the 9th concession is shown on Monday, June 11, 2018.
Dan Janisse / Windsor Star
A local group has developed a new online app they say allows people to see drive time estimates from anywhere in Windsor or Essex County for the proposed $2-billion mega-hospital location off County Road 42.The app called Megahospital Challenge is available for free at megahospitalchallenge.com.Border City Data, an interest group of the local tech non-profit Hackforge, launched a web app they say can provide independent traffic data to the debate around the location of the proposed new hospital.The app can also estimate drive times for Windsor’s current hospital locations.The developers include Doug Sartori, Jeff Szusz and Kylie Tiffin. They say they constructed the app using data sourced from TravelTime Platform, a commercial supplier of drive time estimates.“It seems to me that the debate around access to health care in Windsor-Essex should be built on data, not rhetoric,” Sartori said.Very few people from anywhere in the city or county will save more than 10 minutes of drive time with the new mega-hospital location, the group says.“I wanted to bring data to the debate,” Tiffin said. “Many people in the county believe that current proposed location will be a giant time saver. I thought so too, until we did the work.”But Windsor Regional Hospital CEO David Musyj said the app slants the results by assuming a patient is going to the closest current hospital, regardless of the medical issue.“That is the major issue with our current acute health-care configuration in Windsor-Essex. We do not have two general hospitals in Windsor — we have one hospital over two campuses. Many services are segregated to a specific campus,” Musyj said.“As a result it makes your current trip from where you live artificially shorter. The new acute (care facility) will house all services and be closer for residents of our region. You do not need an app for that.”