TORONTO, Ontario – The Province of Ontario is providing grants for 15 new projects that will improve home health care.
“The Health Technologies Fund is helping to develop exciting new tools that will improve the flow of health information and allow patients to receive high quality care in their own homes and communities,” said Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario minister of health and long-term care, in a statement.
The grants range from $95,000 to $500,000 each, totaling $5.4 million. They are part of Ontario’s Health Technologies Fund, which supports the development of Ontario-based health technologies that improve care for people, bring value to the health care system and create jobs.
The projects awarded grants include: real-time diabetes monitoring; connecting patients and caregivers through a mobile platform; diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease through speech analysis; and monitoring and self-management for patients following cardiac and vascular surgery.
The $20 million Health Technologies Fund is administered by the Ontario Centres of Excellence and the Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist.
The first three Innovation Brokers were also announced to accelerate the work of the OCHIS by connecting health technology companies, health care providers, patients and other key stakeholders to advance health technology innovations into practice.
“We are finding new ways to solve our greatest challenges by harnessing the power of innovation to provide better care while creating jobs in Ontario,” said William Charnetski, Ontario’s chief health innovation strategist, in a statement.