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Ontario Appoints New Chief Health Innovation Strategist

William Charnetski to Champion Ontario’s Health Technology Innovation Sector

Queens Park - Ontario has selected William Charnetski as the province's new Chief Health Innovation Strategist. Charnetski is an accomplished national and global executive with over a decade of experience in developing integrated health solutions in Canada and around the world in the global pharmaceutical industry.

This appointment is one of the key recommendations of the Ontario Health Innovation Council's (OHIC) report to champion Ontario as a leading centre not only for new and innovative health technology, but also for bringing that technology to market both here in Ontario and around the world.

The province is moving forward on all six of the council's recommendations, which include:

• Establishing a new $20-million Health Technology Innovation Evaluation Fund to support made-in-Ontario technologies

• Using newly created Innovation Broker positions to connect innovators and researchers with opportunities in the health care system

• Streamlining the adoption of health care innovations across the health system

• Shifting to procurement practices that focus on outcomes, such as fewer hospital readmissions and the long-term value of medical devices

• Investing in the assessment of emerging innovative health technologies to get those products to market faster.

Investing in Ontario's health technology innovations is part of the government's plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which is providing patients with faster access to the right care, better home and community care, the information they need to stay healthy and a health care system that's sustainable for generations to come.

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