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Press Release: New Digital Technology Supercluster projects focus on improving Canadian healthcare

August 31, 2020 by Natalie Calderon

Strengthening Canadian healthcare through two new initiatives representing more than $8.4 million in combined investment from government and consortium members.

VANCOUVER, August 31, 2020 – The Digital Technology Supercluster (the Supercluster) is proud to announce two new projects focused on delivering long-term benefits for all Canadians.

Spanning the Supercluster’s three Technology Leadership Programs – Precision Health, Data Commons and Digital Twins – the new projects represent a total investment of more than $8.4 million, with nearly $3.2 million provided by the Federal Government’s Ministry of Innovation, Science and Industry, and $5.2 million of co-investment from Supercluster Members.

“By leveraging the Supercluster’s unique collaborative model, these projects are mobilizing industry, academia and not-for-profit organizations to drive improvements in Canadian healthcare, and accelerate Canada’s financial and economic recovery,” said Supercluster CEO Sue Paish. “Powered by a growing community of more than 680 organizations, we are committed to supporting our country’s safe return to prosperity and increasing our global competitiveness through the development, deployment and scaling of Canadian-made digital technologies.”

“The projects announced today are great examples of how the Digital Technology Supercluster is securing Canada’s global leadership in digital innovation. Led by SMEs, these collaborative projects are developing digital platforms that will be especially relevant in a post-pandemic environment with an emphasis on remote care and secure digital IDs,” said the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.

The two projects announced today include:

Healthcare to Homecare

The cost of centralizing acute-care facilities across Canada is increasingly rising. As the pandemic wears on, this project is working to develop real-time remote monitoring solutions to optimize the quality and accessibility of remote healthcare services for patients and support physical distancing.

Lead organization: XCO
Partner organizations: iClinic, Indoc, Kinduct, and University of Victoria

TRUSTSPHERE

This project aims to empower Canadians through the creation of a scalable and trustworthy health-access platform that enables each person to use a strong digital identity to easily view, share and manage their own health data in a private, secure and informed manner. Owing in part to the increased COVID-19 vulnerability of diabetes patients, the pilot will focus on improving patient-centered care for children with type 1 diabetes by connecting them with their families, caregivers and clinicians.

Lead organization: Careteam Technologies
Partner organizations: MedStack, SecureKey Technologies, Smile CDR, University of British Columbia, BC Children’s Hospital and IDENTOS

More information on these and other Technology Leadership projects can be found on the Digital Technology Supercluster website.

 

This release originally appeared here. This version may be edited from the original.

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