12 Innovative Ontario Projects will Improve Patient Care at Home and in the Community
The province is improving patient care through cutting-edge, made-in-Ontario health technology that will help bring better care closer to home.
Ontario is providing grants for 12 new projects through the Health Technologies Fund, which supports the development of Ontario-based health technologies that improve care for people, boost the impact of investments in health innovation and grow health innovation companies. Projects include:
- A platform that allows people with upper body mobility injuries to access smart devices, computers, wheelchair driving controls, and more.
- A portable device that detects brain bleeds in traumatic brain injury patients.
- A new digital tool that will shorten the time patients need to spend in the hospital following heart surgery by providing high-quality monitoring from home
This is the second round of Health Technologies Fund investments by Ontario this year. The 2017-18 grants are focused on market-ready projects that were selected for their potential to improve patient outcomes and bring value to the health care system.
Investing in innovative health technologies that help patients receive care closer to home is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
- Twelve grants were awarded ranging from about $294,000 to $500,000 each, totalling $5.5 million.
- The $20-million Health Technologies Fund is developed and funded by the Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist (OCHIS) and administered by the Ontario Centres of Excellence.
- Each Health Innovation Team includes at least one provider of publicly funded health care services and at least one technology company with a research and development or manufacturing presence in Ontario.
- The next call for applications for the Health Technologies Fund will be announced in early 2018.
“Through the Health Technologies Fund, we are accelerating the development of new tools that address health system challenges and improve patient care. With this program, we are investing in our economy and the future of our health care system by supporting made-in-Ontario technologies.”
Dr. Eric Hoskins
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“Ontario has a wealth of innovators looking to connect with clinicians and patients to find new ways of delivering better care, closer to home. The job of my office, and the purpose of the Health Technologies Fund, is to help spark that demand-driven innovation and get it embedded into our health system quickly. The fund is part of our value-based innovation framework that has three clear goals: improve patient outcomes, optimize the impact of our investment in health innovation and scale promising Ontario companies.”
Chief Health Innovation Strategist for Ontario Source: Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care