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November 6, 2017

 

MEDEC congratulates Ontario’s Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist on two years of accomplishments that are improving the adoption of innovation

 

Toronto, November 6, 2017 – MEDEC, the national association representing Canada’s Medical Technology Companies, congratulates Ontario’s Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist (OCHIS) on two years of significant achievements.  

“Congratulations to Bill Charnetski and his highly talented team on two years of accomplishments that are enabling better patient care, increasing health system sustainability and growing Ontario’s innovative medtech ecosystem,” said Brian Lewis, President and CEO of MEDEC.

Since its inception in 2015, the OCHIS – which is the first of its kind in Canada – has been delivering programs and initiatives that are addressing challenges faced by medtech innovators and the province’s health care system by breaking down barriers that hinder innovation adoption and creating inter-ministerial collaborations that are improving the health care environment for medtech innovators. In just two years, the OCHIS has already implemented many highly impactful programs and initiatives, including:

 ·         Health Technologies Fund - The $20M Health Technologies Fund is creating collaborations between industry and multiple health system partners that will lead to the scaling up of technologies that have the potential to positively transform the way that patients receive care.

·         Innovation Brokers - Adoption pathways for innovative technologies are often unclear and Innovation Brokers are working to create partnerships to address this challenge and provide expertise to innovators on potential routes to adoption.

As highlighted in the report by the Ontario Health Innovation Council, increasing the adoption of medtech innovation into the health care system is a multifaceted issue, but addressing these challenges is imperative in order to take advantage of the immense opportunities it presents from both health system and economic development perspectives. The OCHIS is leading the implementation of the report’s recommendations.

“Having the OCHIS embedded within the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has been immensely beneficial in beginning to address the challenges faced by industry innovators and health system providers in increasing the adoption of innovative medical technologies into Ontario’s health care system,” said Lewis. “We look forward to many more successes out of the OCHIS in years to come, including the much-needed Value-Based Innovation Program.”

The OCHIS two-year progress report can be found here: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/ochis/progress-reports.aspx

About MEDEC

 

MEDEC is the national association representing the medical technology industry in Canada. Our members are committed to providing safe and innovative medical technologies that enhance the quality of patient care, improve patient access to health care, and help enable the sustainability of our publicly-funded health care system. The medical technology industry in Canada employs over 35,000 Canadians in approximately 1,500 facilities, and has sales of over $7 billion per annum. We are committed to supporting the growth of a strong and vibrant medical technology industry that contributes to Canada’s innovation economy.

 

Contact: Gerry Frenette, Executive Director, Public and Member Relations, MEDEC

(416) 620-1915 ext. 227

gfrenette@medec.org  

 

MEDEC congratulates Ontario’s Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist on two years of accomplishments that are improving the adoption of innovation (pdf)


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MEDEC is the national association representing the medical technology industry in Canada. Our members are committed to providing safe and innovative medical technologies that enhance the quality of patient care, improve patient access to health care, and help enable the sustainability of our publicly-funded health care system. We are committed to supporting the growth of a strong and vibrant medical technology industry that contributes to Canada’s innovation economy.



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