Leading Industry Group calls for Ontario Government adoption of proven mHealth solutions as part of advancing the province’s digital leadership: Will other provinces follow suit?
February 13, 2015

++ Action Items: Executives involved in developing healthcare technologies, solutions and framework policies are now asked to contact CATA VP David Farnes at dfarnes@cata.ca  to discuss how to best work with CATA’s Mobile Health Division in the fulfillment of its innovation, technology and business development development mandate.


As a first step, please take a few minutes to review the M-Health communique and attached 10 page submission below and then forward to your network of public and private sector contacts, including media.


The submission can be downloaded at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B__wzrAC_E12QjBPTWJWRUlFWUVPUFE5Mkl4REI1a2lqcUxN/view?usp=sharing


Please act today! Leading Industry Group calls for Ontario Government adoption of proven mHealth solutions as part of advancing the province’s digital leadership: Will other provinces follow suit?


Ottawa, February 13, 2015… CATAAlliance, Canada’s largest high tech association and recognized champion of Canadian innovation and entrepreneurship, has seized on the Ontario’s government’s call for Pre-Budget guidance, to table key recommendations to drive the adoption of mHealth solutions as part of Canada’s competitive innovation nation success.


CATA CEO, John Reid, noted, “Ontario is blessed with a number of mHealth innovators. Adopting these mobile solutions in our own system will not only drive better patient outcomes and cost savings to the system, we have an opportunity to stimulate jobs in the Ontario economy.”


He added, “Proven mHealth solutions are easily exported to foreign markets thereby creating net wealth for the economy and enhancing Ontario's reputation as leading innovators in the field.”


The guidance brief submitted to Finance Minister Sousa and Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was led by CATA VP, David Farnes who mobilized social media groups for advice, conducted video interviews with innovation leaders across Canada and drew on numerous research papers in the healthcare field.


Mr. Farnes said, “Mobile Health (mHealth) is empowering patients worldwide; we encourage Ontario to invest in an integrated mHealth strategy in its next budget and as part of its Patient First: Action Plan for Health Care.”


Mr. Farnes, engaged the CATA Mobile Health Advisory Board (MHAB) members in setting out the key recommendations and validations established in the brief to Ministers.


MHAB Board members included: Dave Wattling, VP & General Manager, Enterprise Solutions, TELUS Health, Paul Dufour, Fellow & Adjunct Professor - University of Ottawa & Principal - Paulicy Works, William Pascal, P.Eng, Certified Management Accountant, Principal Richard Warren & Associates, Shurjeel Choudhri MD FRCPC,Senior Vice President and Head, Medical and Scientific Affairs Bayer Inc., Stephen Saunders, Chief Architect, Healthcare, CGI Inc., Dr. Meenakshi Gupta, Senior Director, Policy and Research, Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), Tyson Roffey, CIO and CPO, CHEO, Donna Rubin, CEO, Ontario Association of Nonprofit Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS), Fraser Edward, Business Development Director, TELUS Health, Jim Forbes, Chief Technology Officer – Shared Information Management Services (SIMS), University Health Network, Kevin Wennekes, Vice President - Research, CATAAlliance, and, Damon Ramsey, President & Founder, InputHealth.


CATAAlliance is now calling on all provinces to adopt similar approaches as outlined in the Alliance’s submission to Ministers Sousa and Hoskins. Full details, including key document hotlinks, are presented at this URL:


https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B__wzrAC_E12QjBPTWJWRUlFWUVPUFE5Mkl4REI1a2lqcUxN/view?usp=sharing

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