WCH CONNECTApril 22, 2019

Health Innovation Week 2019: WIHV Thought Leadership

  • April 22, 2019
  • BY Jordan Benadiba

Digital health technology and virtual care are increasingly permeating our health system, leading to improved patient outcomes and efficiencies, among other benefits.

From April 1 – 5, MaRS Health hosted Health Innovation Week, the country’s largest gathering of health startups, investors and the health ecosystem. The multi-day event helps to enhance and support Canada’s growing health technology sector.

As part of Health Innovation Week, Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV), along with Clinical Trials Ontario, St. Michael’s Applied Health Research Centre (AHRC), TOHealth!, and University of Toronto’s H2i hosted a sold out lunch and learn at Women’s College Hospital on clinical trials.

The event provided attendees with an overview of clinical trials, outlining when to undertake one and what the process entails, as well as existing supportive resources. The event was particularly helpful to companies in the digital health, medtech and biotech spaces.

At the event, Bailey Griffin, WIHV’s manager for its virtual care program, presented on WIHV’s digital evaluation services, highlighting how the evaluation of digital tools differs from traditional clinical trials. During her presentation, Bailey stressed the importance of using evaluation as a mechanism to identify failures or issues with a digital solution or the surrounding service model. Avoiding investment in factors that show no value is equally as important as investing in solutions that do show immediate value.

Through events like Health Innovation Week, WIHV is engaging with the broader digital health space, demonstrating its leadership within the field of evaluation and helping to advance Canada’s healthcare system. 

Bailey Griffin
Bailey Griffin, manager of the virtual care program at WIHV, speaks at the lunch and learn.

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