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News Date: September 9, 2015

Appointment of William Charnetski as Ontario's Chief Health Innovation Strategist paves the way for improvements to the province's MedTech environment

Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care announced today that the government has appointed William Charnetski as the province's first-ever Chief Health Innovation Strategist. While Mr. Charnetski's responsibilities in this role will be wide-ranging, he will ultimately 'champion Ontario's health technology innovation sector'.

The government's news release on the announcement can be found here. MEDEC's news release in support of the announcement can be found here.

Mr. Charnetski takes on the role having worked as a senior executive in the private sector for a number of years. Prior to that,  he practiced law and held roles working in government. Mr. Charnetski's biography can be found here.

The creation of an Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist was a recommendation of the Ontario Health Innovation Council (OHIC), whose report was presented to the Ontario government in December 2014 and received full validation through the government's commitment in their 2015 Budget to implement all of six of the report's recommendations. We strongly believe that the recommendations provided in the OHIC report have the potential to positively transform the way in which the medtech industry operates in Ontario and today's news paves the way for the remaining OHIC recommendations to be implemented.

The remaining five recommendations in the report are:

  • Establishing a new $20-million Health Technology Innovation Evaluation Fund to support made-in-Ontario technologies
  • Using newly created Innovation Broker positions to connect innovators and researchers with opportunities in the health care system
  • Streamlining the adoption of health care innovations across the health system
  • Shifting to procurement practices that focus on outcomes, such as fewer hospital readmissions and the long-term value of medical devices
  • Investing in the assessment of emerging innovative health technologies to get those products to market faster

MEDEC congratulates Mr. Charnetski for being chosen in this distinguished role and we look forward to fostering a highly collaborative relationship with him and his office going forward.

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