Executives interested in Health Care Innovation and Advocacy should contact CATA VP, David Farnes at dfarnes@cata.ca
November 30, 2014

++Action Items: Businesses, Hospitals, Universities and Colleges, local health administrators, Research Institutes, NGOs, Private Practices and individuals directly developing mobile health solutions are invited to complete the on-line supply-side survey. Organizations supporting the development of mobile health solutions are also invited to complete the survey. Examples of supporting organizations could include healthcare institutions assisting with the testing of mobile solutions, groups providing financial sponsorship of development or employers providing innovation support to their employees.

Filling out the eProfile is your first step towards including your organization in a national database of Canadian capability in Mobile Health Technology. Act today. You may add your profile here: 

To view the beta version of the Living Book of Canadian mHealth Case Studies and Innovation please visit: http://www.cata.ca/Communities/MHAB/documents.html

To get involved with CATA’s mobile health initiative, please contact David Farnes at dfarnes@cata.ca or 1-613-769-3283.

Briefing Note:

The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) is Canada’s largest technology association. In 2013, CATA launched a mobile health initiative through the creation of the Mobile Health Advisory Board (MHAB), which brings together stakeholders who strongly believe that the greater adoption of mobile technology would significantly enhance the quality of health care services delivered to Canadian citizens and drive cost efficiencies throughout the healthcare system. Members of the MHAB include leaders from Bayer, CGI, InputHealth, Ontario Association of non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors, TELUS Health, the University Health Network and the University of Ottawa.

mHealth is broadly defined as health, wellness and the practice of medicine supported by mobile devices and technologies. It includes simple calorie counter apps on a smart phone, wearables that measure our body’s performance, tools that help us maintain electronic health records, very sophisticated solutions that help patients manage chronic conditions with personalized regimes and 
more. Some mobile health solutions are available to patients and their support teams, whereas others are available only to healthcare professionals aiding them in the delivery of care to patients and helping with administrative tasks. 

Proponents of mHealth, including CATA, believe that mHealth will empower patients; leading to better patient outcomes and reducing costs to Canada’s health system. 

Many examples of Canadian mHealth solutions exist today and more innovation is on the way. Unfortunately awareness of mHealth appears to be low among Canadians. CATA’s MHAB has identified awareness and education of mHealth as one of its top enabling themes and has launched an asset mapping initiative to gather information about organizations developing mobile health solutions for Canadian consumers and the country’s healthcare system. This information is then being leveraged to build a Living Book of Canadian mHealth Case Studies and Innovation.

Take a few minutes to view David Farnes most recent M-Health video interview with Katherine Atkinson, Coordinator of the  Ottawa Hospital Research Institute: http://youtu.be/feZljNZKKD8