TORONTO – The province of Ontario aims to help bring health care closer to home by providing grants for 12 new projects through the Health Technologies Fund. The fund supports the development of Ontario-based technologies that improve care for people, boost the impact of investments and grow health innovation companies. “Through the Health Technologies Fund, we are accelerating the development of new tools that address health system challenges and improve patient care,” said Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario’s minister of health and long-term care, in a statement. “With this program, we are investing in our economy and the future of our health care system by supporting made-in-Ontario technologies.” The funded projects, totaling $5.5 million, include: a platform that allows people with upper body mobility injuries to access smart devices, computers, wheelchair driving controls and more; a portable device that detects brain bleeds in traumatic brain injury patients; a digital tool that will shorten the time patients need to spend in the hospital following heart surgery by providing high-quality monitoring from home. This is the second round of Health Technologies Fund investments by Ontario this year. The 2017-18 grants are focused on market-ready projects that were selected for their potential to improve patient outcomes and bring value to the health care system.
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