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InnovationEX 2016

InnovationEX 2016

The Joint Centres for Transformative Healthcare Innovation (Joint Centres) was proud to host their third annual InnovationEX event at Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) on April 7th. This event showcased 12 new innovations from the six member hospitals of the Joint Centres: Mackenzie Health, MSH, the Toronto East Health Network, North York General Hospital, Southlake Regional Health Centre, and St. Joseph’s Health Centre Toronto.

Speakers included The Honourable Jane Philpott, Federal Minister of Health, and the Honourable Helena Jaczek, Ontario’s Minister of Community and Social Services, as well as Dr. Joshua Tepper, President and CEO, Health Quality Ontario. They talked about how innovations improve healthcare, and the important role that front-line staff play in discovering and implementing new ideas.

The two new MSH innovations have a special human interest connection. NICU Connect uses technology to engage parents in morning rounds so that they can participate even when they can’t be at the hospital in person. This gives them another opportunity to have an active role in their child’s care plan. Our Pet Impact research highlights how healthcare professionals can learn more about their patients’ health by asking them about their pets, and ultimately provide better care. To read about the other projects that were on display, visit the InnovationEX website.

InnovationEX was also an opportunity for a special announcement by the Council of Academic Health Centres of Ontario (CAHO) on a new Adopting Research to Improve Care (ARTIC) Program with North York General Hospital to implement their Choosing Wisely project to the Joint Centres’ Hospitals.

The Twitter reach for this year’s InnovationEX was 103,344 with 162,227 impressions from around the world including NHS Wales, Australian Healthcare (AHHA), IPAC Canada, WelcomeHome TO, and Health Policy_CBOC.