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    PS06 - Digital Health Innovation Across Canada (ID 41)

    • Event: e-Health 2019 Virtual Meeting
    • Type: Panel Session
    • Track: Executive
    • Presentations: 1
    • Coordinates: 5/28/2019, 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM, Pod 4
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      PS06.01 - Digital Health Transformation through an Economic Development Lens (ID 131)

      Joel Dewolfe, Opportunities New Brunswick; Fredericton/CA

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      Purpose/Objectives:
      Digital Health brings the promise of transfromation to a sector traditionally challenged to embrace change. For many jurisdictions, health spending trends, increased chronic disease prevalence and aging populations are driving the need to embrace healthcare transformation and digital solutions. An economic development strategy for digital health can allow a juristions to rally around change and spur both positive economic outcomes and new health outcomes for a region. Hear how investment in innovation, specifically in digital health technologies such as Biofabrication & Medical 3D Printing, artificial intelligence and consumer apps are changing the narrative in one of Canada's poorest regions.


      Methodology/Approach:
      By - bringing healthcare subject matter expertise into the agency focused on economic development - placing increased emphasis on long term financial stability of the region - bringing all healthcare stakeholders together under a common vision, - embracing realities, both strengths and weaknesses, that define us - understading roadmaps, challenges, performance indicators and inhibotors of various stakeholders - understanding what is possible at the edge of digital disruption internationally - picking winners - partnering strategically ... we changed the narrarative.


      Finding/Results:
      We are at the early stages of our journey ... and will have findings/results to report at the e-Health conference. Early noteworthy successes/results include establishing a pan-Canadian partnership with the Health & Technology District in Surrey, BC.


      Conclusion/Implications/Recommendations:
      Economic Development agencies are not commonly considered to be such a key role player in Healthcare transformation, but ... ... (1) looking at Health through an ecoomic development lens first was a missing ingredient to acheiving digital healtcare transformation in our region. (2) it takes a community.


      140 Character Summary:
      Economic development agencies must work in lock step with healthcare agencies and vice versa, and there is no better time to do so - inside a digital health revolution.

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