Ontario government launches three new technologies

Eric Hoskins 2016Ontario is improving patient care through cutting-edge health technology by committing to provide grants for 15 new projects that will improve people’s care at home and in their communities.

Dr. Eric Hoskins (pictured), Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was at the Impact Health Summit recently to announce the new technologies that will be receiving support from the province. Projects include:

A new mobile device to help patients who have undergone cardiac and vascular surgery receive continuous vital sign monitoring in the hospital and at home, to prevent serious post-surgery complications and readmission to hospital.

New software to provide breast cancer patients with easy-to-access information about upcoming tests, appointments and treatment recommendations, while connecting family doctors with specialists for follow-up care.

New software to provide self-care tools to youth with mental health challenges, including a platform to support education, collaboration, engagement, intervention and goal-focused coaching.

The grants are part of Ontario’s Health Technologies Fund (HTF), which supports the development of Ontario-based health technologies that improve care for people, bring value to the healthcare system and create jobs.

Investing in innovative health technologies that help patients receive care closer to home is part of the government’s plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which provides patients with faster access to the right care, better home and community care, the information they need to live healthy, and a healthcare system that is sustainable for generations to come.

Fifteen grants were awarded ranging from $95,000 to $500,000 each, totalling $5.4 million.

The $20-million Health Technologies Fund is administered by the Ontario Centres of Excellence and the Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist (OCHIS).

Minister Hoskins also announced the first three Innovation Brokers who will accelerate the work of the OCHIS by connecting health technology companies, healthcare providers, patients, and other key stakeholders to advance health technology innovations into practice.

Each Health Innovation Team includes at least one provider of publicly funded health care services and at least one technology company with an R&D or manufacturing presence in Ontario.

The next call for applications for the Health Technologies Fund will be announced in spring 2017.

“The Health Technologies Fund is helping to develop exciting new tools that will improve the flow of health information and allow patients to receive high-quality care in their own homes and communities,” said Hoskins.

“Technology is transforming our province, and that includes our healthcare system. The Health Technologies Fund recipients and the Innovation Brokers are helping foster a culture of health innovation across Ontario. Together, these initiatives will create jobs within the province’s knowledge economy, while also improving patient outcomes for all Ontarians,” said Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science.