DIGITAL, Canada’s Global Innovation Cluster for digital technologies, recently announced a partnership with the Coordinated Accessible National Health Network.
The alliance aims to bolster opportunities for Canadian companies to take the helm in the health care economy and expedite the uptake of home-grown technology and innovation.
DIGITAL, a Canadian non-profit organization, is at the forefront of nurturing domestic businesses, fostering a digitally skilled workforce, and leaving an imprint on the lives of Canadians. The entity is driving the advancement and adoption of digital technologies, tackling issues like health, climate, and economic productivity.
CAN Health Network, a federally-funded national organization, is committed to interlacing more Canadian innovation into the country’s health system. The network collaborates with Canadian healthcare operators, known as Edges, to address their biggest challenges with Canadian-made technology solutions.
“We are very excited to partner with DIGITAL,” expressed Dr. Dante Morra, Chair, CAN Health Network. “Together, we will leverage this partnership to bring innovative and uniquely Canadian solutions to the market, position Canada to lead the new global health care economy, and make life better for all Canadians.”
The freshly inked partnership builds upon the existing camaraderie between DIGITAL and CAN Health, which has already led to the establishment of commercial pathways from DIGITAL’s co-investments in health-tech product development. A notable example is their involvement in Project ReStart. Led by SeamlessMD, this initiative reduced the backlog of surgical cases during the pandemic and facilitated remote patient monitoring.
This solution saw widespread adoption across the CAN Health Network, with the New Brunswick Heart Centre at Saint John Regional Hospital deploying SeamlessMD to provide critical digital support to patients undergoing and recovering from cardiac surgery. SeamlessMD also extended its services to two other healthcare organizations in the network, Trillium Health Partners and SE Health.
“Our partnership with CAN Health builds on our shared mandates to help Canadian health-tech businesses reach their full potential,” stated Sue Paish, CEO of DIGITAL. “By working collaboratively across our two organizations, we will amplify the impact of our investments towards better access to healthcare, improve health outcomes and enable more sustainable healthcare systems.”
Both DIGITAL and CAN Health share a common goal of fortifying Canada’s position as a global leader in innovation. This new partnership seeks to stimulate cross-ecosystem collaboration to enable companies to rise to the challenges facing the nation and expand their potential.
In related news, Vancouver’s Cheryl Maitland Muir this month joined DIGITAL as Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs.
Muir brings a wealth of experience to the role, having previously served as Senior Vice President and Interim CEO of the Business Council of British Columbia.
“I’ve been privileged to witness the transformative power of effective communication and public engagement,” she stated, noting how she is excited to bring her experience to DIGITAL, “where we’re actioning solutions to address some of our country’s greatest challenges.”
“We’re leveraging digital technologies to drive economic well-being and productivity, and build real pride in what we do for our province and country,” added Muir.