TORONTO, November 1, 2017 – Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Think Research demonstrated a new health self-care application funded by the Health Technologies Fund (HTF).
This project is one of 15 that received funding in the first round of Ontario’s $20-million HTF. The fund is administered by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) on behalf of the Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist (OCHIS), and is a part of the OCHIS mandate to strengthen Ontario’s health innovation ecosystem.
“The Health Technologies Fund is already having an impact in the health system because of the collaborations it has created between health service providers, health technology innovators and patients,” says William Charnetski, Ontario’s Chief Health Innovation Strategist. “We are finding new ways to solve our greatest challenges by harnessing the power of innovation to provide better care while creating jobs in Ontario.”
Representatives from OCHIS and OCE were on location for a presentation that included highlights of the Health Innovation Teams progress to date.
The project is an individualized health care management tool called “MyTeamApp”. It is a web-based tablet application that is designed to complement and enhance patient-provider relationships. It allows both parties to develop care plans that can be followed in the home and assessed by health care teams.
“This exciting partnership between Sunnybrook and Think Research demonstrates why we are investing in digital health tools. People are more comfortable than ever using digital technology in their everyday lives and they expect the same kind of interaction from their health system,” says Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. “With this new tool, patients will have better access to care plans developed by their health care providers, a step that makes receiving that care even faster and simpler.”
With a proven track record of delivering programs for the Ontario government, OCE was selected to deliver the HTF and assist in driving the development of made-in-Ontario healthcare technology while supporting the economy, co-investing to commercialize innovation and fostering partnerships in the health system.
”Healthcare is a priority sector in Ontario and globally, so it makes sense that OCE works with publicly-funded healthcare service providers, patients, academia and industry to find innovative ways to improve patient outcomes and experience by supporting the demonstration of health tech through the Health Technologies Fund,” says Dr. Tom Corr, OCE’s President and CEO.
Further information is available through the Health Technologies Fund website.
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About Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc.
OCE drives the commercialization of cutting-edge research across key market sectors to build the economy of tomorrow and secure Ontario's global competitiveness. In doing this, OCE fosters the training and development of the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs and is a key partner with Ontario's industry, universities, colleges, research hospitals, investors and governments. A champion of leading-edge technologies, best practices and research, OCE invests in sectors such as advanced health, digital media and information communications, advanced manufacturing and materials, and cleantech including energy, environment and water. OCE is a key partner in delivering Ontario's Innovation Agenda as a member of the province's Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE). Funded by the Government of Ontario, the ONE is made up of regional and sector-focused organizations and helps Ontario-based entrepreneurs rapidly grow their company and create jobs.
About the Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist:
The Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist (OCHIS) was created in September of 2015 to fulfill the recommendations made by the Ontario Health Innovation Council (OHIC) established by the Ontario government in 2013. The council submitted is report, The Catalyst, in December 2014.
OCHIS is a catalyst to help accelerate health technology commercialization efforts in Ontario. The purpose of the office is to drive collaboration across the health care system to accelerate the adoption and diffusion of new innovative health technologies and processes to:
OCHIS focuses on targeted priorities:
- Optimize pathways to adoption and diffusion for innovative Ontario health technologies
- Enable effective procurement of innovation by shifting the health care system to strategic, value-based procurement and removing barriers for small and medium-sized enterprises to participate.
- Provide better care closer to home by supporting home and community care enabled by virtual, mobile and digital health technologies
- Empower Ontarians through digital health by building a dynamic market of digital tools and supports to navigate and personalize their path to health and wellness
- Enhance Indigenous peoples health by advancing opportunities for innovation to address health challenges in their communities.
- To be world-leading, Ontario's health technology companies need to generate significant export activity. OCHIS supports efforts to champion them in global markets.