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Six Ontario healthcare providers get funding for innovation procurement

Program helps Ontario healthcare provider organizations adopt innovative healthcare technology


November 7, 2017
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TORONTO—Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) has announced six successful applicants for the second round of REACH (Resources for Evaluating, Adopting and Capitalizing on Innovative Healthcare Technology), a program designed to help Ontario healthcare provider organizations more rapidly adopt innovative healthcare technology solutions.

REACH is a grant funding program being delivered by OCE on behalf of Ontario’s Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS). The funding supports healthcare organizations in developing new ways to procure solutions that do not exist in the market, or need to be adapted or improved to meet their needs—a process known as innovation procurement.

OCE is supporting participating projects in the second round of REACH with a $4.3-million program investment from the province.

Six public healthcare service provider organizations will be receiving REACH funding for their projects:

  • The Centre for Family Medicine Family Health Team eHealth Centre of Excellence for the project A Unique Partnership between the eHealth Centre of Excellence and the Ontario Telemedicine Network will use innovative methodologies to procure a technology solution for virtual visits in Waterloo Wellington. The eHealth Centre of Excellence (eCE) and the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) are working together to advance access to primary care in the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network.
  • Kingston Health Sciences Centre, in partnership with 3SO and Queen’s University for the project Management of COPD Patients in Kingston. The Kingston Health Sciences Centre is working towards reducing the frequency of patients who visit the emergency room related to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Current issues causing ER overcrowding and higher healthcare costs put patients at risk of developing secondary complications.
  • Markham Stouffville Hospital for the project Co-Designing a Smart Hospital to Improve Patient & Information Flow. Markham Stouffville Hospital is dedicated to providing a cost-effective solution to automate and integrate patient and information flow services (such as bed management, time tracking, and asset tracking) to increase efficiencies and reduce the Cost per Weighted Case (CPWC).
  • Mackenzie Health for the project Real-Time Data Collection through a Smart Replenishment Tracking Solution. Mackenzie Health is investing in a solution to create an on-demand hand hygiene supply replenishment process to support hand hygiene best practices, which will integrate into an ‘Internet of Healthcare Things’ platform (IoHT) with real-time data capabilities. The support services replenishment process can help eliminate the need for manual rounding of support staff while increasing data modeling and analytics capabilities that support best practices in hand hygiene compliance, reducing hospital-acquired infections.
  • Southlake Regional Health Centre, in partnership with Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, MEDEC, PLEXXUS, Stevenson Memorial Hospital, Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Trillium Health Partners for the project Innovation Procurement for a Patient Communication Hub. Southlake Regional Health Centre aims to positively impact patient satisfaction, awareness, and engagement in maintaining health through a Patient Hub Communication system that will enable patient education and support.
  • TransForm SSO (TransForm) for the project Innovation Procurement for Traceability in the Erie St. Clair Region TransForm aims to solve the challenge of tracking and tracing products and care processes that are linked to patients in the health system. By applying innovation procurement methodologies to identify vendors and implement traceability solutions, TransForm’s goal is to effectively adopt digital tools and strategies to track and trace products from manufacturer to end use.