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Health innovation Gap

Throne Speech Sets the Stage for a New Health Accord

Research Canada urges federal government to address health innovation gap in healthcare system

Ottawa - Last Friday, the Liberal Government opened a new session of Parliament setting the stage for a number of national priorities including negotiating a new Health Accord with the provinces. In a release yesterday, Research Canada urges the federal government to address the health innovation gap in Canadian healthcare through a renewed Health Accord.

"Success of the next Health Accord depends upon an approach that fosters the integration of research into clinical and other health system settings," says Dr. Ryan Wiley, Chair of Research Canada and President of Shift Health. "Improvements in our understanding of the mechanistic basis of disease are leading to profound changes in health technology and the delivery of care. Evidence-informed health innovations have the potential to enable a personalized care experience by connecting providers, patients and medical information, and by ensuring the right patient receives the right treatment at the right time; however we can only prepare our healthcare system for these changes and re-establish Canadian healthcare leadership through investment in healthcare innovation."

The new Health Accord needs to focus on reinventing the healthcare system by providing the tools, technologies and processes that give Canadians the care they expect from it. "Researchers lead the drive to create a healthcare delivery system of the future by harnessing technological and process innovation to transform patient care and improve health and well-being," says Ms. Deborah Gordon-El-Bihbety, President and CEO of Research Canada. "We look forward to working with the new Liberal Government and all Members of Parliament in support of Canadian health research and health innovation."

Research Canada applauds the government's efforts to make post-secondary education more accessible and affordable to young Canadians, many of whom are poised to be our scientists of tomorrow.

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