Alberta SCN-MEDEC Initiative White Paper Part One Released
At the 2017 MEDEC MedTech Conference, we were pleased to release part one of a white paper outlining an initiative MEDEC is collaborating on with health system partners in Alberta (Alberta Health Services’ Strategic Clinical Networks and Alberta Innovates) focusing on the adoption of innovation. The white paper, The SCN-MEDEC Initiative: A Systems Approach in the Management of Health Technology – Part 1: Necessity, Design and Approach, explores some of the challenges with the current approach to the adoption of innovative medical technologies in Canada and presents an alternate approach that the partners have taken that seeks to overcome these challenges.
Included in the document are a set of “Value for Money Principles” that promote a value-based approach to the adoption of innovative medical technologies and address the need to implement a collaborative “systems” approach to achieve adoption – benefiting the health care system and medical technology innovators.
The first demonstration project as a part of the SCN-MEDEC collaboration involves the Critical Care SCN, MEDEC member bioMérieux and Alberta Innovates. The initiative will utilize bioMérieux’s advanced diagnostic testing to identify sepsis (serious infection) earlier in order to optimise antibiotic treatment so that patients receive the timeliest and most appropriate therapy.
Part two of the white paper will focus on implementation, outcomes and lessons learned.
The white paper can be found here.
Participate in the MEDEC - Mercer Life Sciences Compensation Survey
MEDEC and Mercer (Canada) partner to deliver the Mercer Life Sciences (MLS) Compensation Survey as a valuable resource providing companies with need-to-know information about compensation practices in the medical device industry. Covering a broad set of positions across pre-clinical and clinical research, engineering, medical affairs, sales, marketing, and production, as well as the full range of general infrastructure/support functions, you will have all the data needed to attract and retain top talent.
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MaRS launches new program to assist start-ups collaborate with hospitals
Innovation Partnership: Procurement by Co-Design is a unique program that offers healthcare-service providers something rare: the opportunity to participate in the development of technology tailor-made for them—solutions that address the particular problems they often face—and then actually procure these solutions.
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Neil Fraser of MEDTRonic Canada Appointed as Chair of the MEDEC Board of Directors
MEDEC, is pleased to welcome Neil Fraser as Chair of the MEDEC Board of Directors. He is joined by seven new Board members: Rollie Cameron (Johnson & Johnson Medical Products), Mat Dinneen (Bard), François Drolet (Roche Diagnostics), Michela Juran (Welch Allyn), YJ Oh (Edwards Lifesciences), Cameron Piron (Synaptive Medical) and Stephen Thompson (Baxter).
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$20M Ontario Health Technologies Fund Accepting Applications - Problem Statement Intake Form Deadline September 16
Ontario's Chief Health Innovation Strategist has announced that Ontario's Health Technologies Fund (HTF) is now accepting applications from Health Innovation Teams (HITs) to support the development of market-ready health technologies by accelerating prototyping, evaluation and adoption in the Ontario health care system.
Applicants may apply for funding in one of three project categories:
- Pre-market evaluation
- Early adoption
Project Eligibility: All proposals must be from HITs composed of at least one provider of publicly-funded health-care services and at least one technology company with an R&D and/or manufacturing presence in Ontario
For more info on this initiative, click here.
MEDEC Medical Imaging Site Visit Guidance
MEDEC's Medical Imaging Committee has developed a site visit guidance document in order to provide guidance to its Membership in responding to site visit requests by prospective purchasers. The objectives of this document are to: i) promote consistent, fair and transparent processes within the vendor community, ii) encourage accountability for public funding and optimal allocation of resources and iii) provide guidelines for effective and efficient Site Visits for all involved parties (ie. vendors, purchasing organizations, and hospitals)...to view the complete document click here.