TORONTO, March 7, 2018 - The third round of Ontario’s $20-million Health Technologies Fund (HTF) is now accepting applications.
This program provides grants to support the implementation of Ontario-based health technologies. HTF reflects the values of Ontario’s Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care by connecting patients with the right care closer to home, improving the quality of care, and bringing value to the healthcare system.
“The Health Technologies Fund is already having an impact driving innovation forward in Ontario,” says William Charnetski, Chief Health Innovation Strategist for the Government of Ontario. “We have invested in 27 projects that are hitting major milestones, improving patient care, and driving economic development. The opportunity to explore disruptive technology showcases Ontario’s commitment to developing the future of health care.”
The third round will continue on the theme of Better Care Closer to Home focusing on using technology to improve client and care team communication; continuity of care provider; and supporting clients’ independence.
The Province has invested in 27 technology collaborations over the first two rounds of the HTF, bringing better care closer to home in the form of remote-patient monitoring, digital care-coordination and management, and patient support applications – to name a few. The fund will continue to explore the opportunities of health technology to advance the patient experience and create jobs in Ontario.
HTF is a program of the Government of Ontario’s Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist (OCHIS), and is administered by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).
“Through the Health Technologies Fund, we are accelerating the development and adoption of innovative healthcare technologies that will improve the patient experience and patient outcomes,” says Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO, OCE. “Putting patients first is the primary objective of Ontario’s healthcare ecosystem and OCE is pleased to work on behalf of the Government of Ontario to deliver programs that ensure that continues to happen.”
HTF investments to date include:
Round (1): Fifteen projects that were selected to receive grants, including new digital tools to: provide self-care management to youth with mental health challenges; provide breast cancer patients with easy-to-access information about upcoming tests, manage appointments and treatment recommendations; and, help patients who have undergone cardiac and vascular surgery receive continuous vital sign monitoring in the hospital and at home.
Round (2): Twelve projects that were selected to receive grants, including: an app-based platform that allows people with limited mobility to perform a variety of tasks, a portable device that detects brain bleeding in traumatic brain injury patients, and a new digital tool that shortens the time patients need to spend in the hospital following heart surgery.
For information on how to apply, visit the Health Technologies Fund site.
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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:
- Improve patient outcomes (in accordance with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care)
- Optimize impact ofinvestment in health innovation
- Scale health innovation companies
To be world-leading, Ontario's health technology companies need to generate significant export activity. OCHIS supports efforts to champion them in global markets.
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.