The Innovation Centre provides healthcare providers and healthcare organizations with validated virtual care solutions that will enable them to provide “patients first” health care and improve their practice and administrative functions.
There are an overwhelming number of virtual care solutions available to healthcare providers in Ontario and throughout the world. Through the Innovation Centre, OTN endeavours to inform healthcare providers as to which virtual care solutions they might procure and adopt to best meet their needs and address their healthcare challenges.
As one of the largest virtual care networks in the world, OTN has vast experience and expertise in developing, implementing and scaling virtual care solutions. OTN is using this knowledge and its deep partnerships with healthcare providers, healthcare organizations, government, academia and industry to identify, validate and offer the best virtual care solutions available through the Innovation Centre.
All virtual care solutions available on the Innovation Centre have been curated specifically for Ontario’s healthcare providers and organizations. This means that all solutions have been identified and validated with the specific intent of achieving important objectives for Ontario’s healthcare sector. Clinical and business outcomes, as well as privacy, security and technical requirements, have all been taken into consideration when curating virtual care solutions.
In addition to identifying and validating the virtual care solutions, the Innovation Centre also makes it easy for healthcare providers and organizations in Ontario to procure the solutions. As a Broader Public Sector organization, OTN has created Vendors of Record that can be accessed and used by all healthcare providers and organizations in Ontario, significantly reducing the cost of procurement and leveraging purchasing power to obtain “best pricing” for the entire province. For vendors, using the Innovation Centre means being able to easily access the broader Ontario market to scale solutions.
OTN’s ability to lead these activities to drive value to Ontario’s healthcare providers and healthcare organizations is a direct result of its history and successes in both developing and procuring virtual care solutions that are easy, safe, secure and technically ready to use in Ontario.
Through a comprehensive and standardized approach, and with its partners in health care, academia and industry as well as patients, where appropriate, OTN validates clinical and business outcomes and privacy, security and technical requirements. OTN then uses its status as a Broader Public Sector institution to establish Vendor of Record arrangements for the various types of solutions provided here to ensure efficient, cost effective and compliant procurement processes for providers and organizations.
Healthcare providers and organizations can use the Innovation Centre to explore different virtual care solutions that can address their needs. Information on the challenges being addressed and the solutions available are provided for decision making. For healthcare providers or organizations that would like to further explore procuring a specific solution, OTN will facilitate this process.
For healthcare providers and organizations that would like OTN to consider validating and procuring virtual care solutions that are not listed on the Innovation Centre but that address a system priority or challenge, OTN will explore the possibility of collaboration to explore the opportunity.
The Innovation Centre is a virtual healthcare marketplace that consists of a curated collection of validated virtual care solutions that can be easily acquired by Ontario’s health care providers to support them to provide ‘patients first’ health care.
Benefits of working/partnering with OTN
OTN’s extensive experience and knowledge in designing, developing, procuring and scaling virtual care solutions ensures the right virtual care solutions are curated for Ontario.
Benefits of using digital health solutions
The virtual care solutions curated and listed on the Innovation Centre will improve the ability of healthcare providers and organizations to provide ‘patients first’ health care and improve their practice and administrative functions.
Benefits of trusting the Innovation Centre
All solutions curated are specifically for Ontario’s healthcare providers and organizations. Clinical and business outcomes and privacy, security and technical requirements have all been taken into consideration when curating virtual care solutions.
Benefits of acquiring solutions through the Innovation Centre
Providers and organizations can leverage a streamlined, efficient, cost-effective and compliant process to easily acquire validated solutions at the best price through OTN’s status as a Broader Public Sector institution.
Solutions and Programs
OTN has curated and established various solutions and programs that Ontario’s health care providers and organizations can take advantage of to deliver patient-centred health care and improve their practice and administrative functions. All solutions and programs listed have been identified and validated by OTN and its partners to be best-in-class to achieve the outcomes desired by Ontario’s healthcare providers and organizations.
As part of the curation process, some new solutions and programs require testing to evaluate the innovation. OTN conducts pilots in collaboration with partners using a standard evaluation framework to assess if benefits of the solution were achieved, including the quality of care provided and the patient and provider experience. Solutions proven to be effective are made available by vendor of record to all healthcare providers and organizations in Ontario.
- Fact: The number of Ontarians with diabetes is expected to increase to 1.9 million, or 12% of the population, by 2020.
- Fact: Fewer than half of Canadians with type 2 diabetes hit their recommended blood glucose targets.
OTN is partnering with diabetes education centres at St. Joseph’s Care Group (Thunder Bay), William Osler Health System and North York General Hospital, to provide patients with type 2 diabetes a customized mobile diabetes self-management and lifestyle-tracking tool. The BlueStar app is a product of WellDoc, a digital health technology company. It provides patients with reminders and tools to support behavioural and lifestyle changes while providing their primary care providers with trending data to help support their care plan. The Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care will evaluate results of the pilot, which is funded by Canada Health Infoway and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
- Fact: Mental illness affects 1 in 5 people every year – 2.8 million people in Ontario.
- Fact: Wait lists for treatment are lengthy and access to mental health care is limited by specialist availability, geography and cost.
OTN is working with the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, Lakeridge Health and Women’s College Hospital to pilot Big White Wall, a social media-based early intervention service for people with mental health problems. People with conditions such as depression, anxiety and social phobias can connect anonymously online for peer support and guidance from mental health clinicians. The service provides guided online courses based on cognitive behavioural therapy principles and individuals are encouraged to set goals and track progress. The Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care will evaluate the results of the pilot, which is funded by Canada Health Infoway and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
- Fact: The number of people diagnosed with kidney failure has tripled over the past 20 years and demand for renal replacement therapy is growing rapidly.
- Fact: Only 18% of dialysis patients in Canada currently use peritoneal dialysis while the Ontario Renal Network’s target for home independent dialysis is 40%.
OTN is partnering with the Lawson Health Research Institute to test a telemonitoring solution to improve the management of peritoneal dialysis at home for people with chronic kidney disease. The eQ Connect Solution is an app developed by eQOL Inc., a company launched through Toronto’s MaRS innovation hub. It is being tested by way of a trial led by the London Health Sciences Centre’s Kidney Care Centre. The app records data, automates the ordering of supplies, and provides educational content and video consults with the care team. The Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV) will measure experience and outcomes in a subset of patients over one year. The pilot is funded by Canada Health Infoway and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
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Are you a vendor or developer and think you have a digital solution that might be of interest to OTN? Reach out to our Innovation Team to discover how you can partner with OTN.
Be sure to also check our Calls to Market and Expressions of Interest.
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PracticalApps.ca is a collaborative offering of OTN and the Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV). The site is designed to help family practitioners, as well as patients, identity quality apps for chronic conditions that support patient care. It also provides clinical support through expert videos. The reviews are conducted by family doctors who rate the apps according to a WIHV-developed framework that addresses features, effectiveness, usability, privacy and security, reliability and accessibility.
Important Information about Innovation Centre
The Innovation Centre offers healthcare providers and healthcare organizations proven virtual care solutions to support them to provide ‘patients first’ health care and support their practice. By way of the Innovation Centre, OTN provides guidance to providers and organizations with regard to which virtual care solutions and programs can best meet their needs and address their healthcare challenges, while also aiding in the procurement process. OTN’s due diligence includes evaluating the solutions’ clinical validity, usability, privacy and security posture, accessibility, safety and reliability.