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Working with supporting healthcare organizations, the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (now Healthcare Excellence Canada) ran the Priority Health Innovation Challenge from April 2019 until November 2020, with 33 participating teams. The aim of the challenge was to identify and grow promising innovations in two shared priorities:
The teams worked on new or existing innovation projects addressing one of these priority areas to respond to the healthcare needs of people living in Canada. We supported these innovators to increase the potential impact of their innovations. Each team was given an opportunity to receive a financial award to support their project’s learning opportunities, resources and long-term success.
The challenge aimed to benefit more people by identifying and supporting novel approaches that increase access to care.
During the challenge, Priority Health teams submitted baseline and ongoing outcome data that reflected the relevant common indicators and the number of patients reached. This data contributed to developing an understanding of innovations that have potential for spread and scale.
Innovation projects addressed at least one of the following common indicator(s) related to the relevant shared priority area.
There were a series of challenges. The final challenge asked teams to demonstrate how they contributed to improving access to care in mental health and addictions services or home and community care.
$60,000 overall challenge winner:
$30,000 runner up winners:
$10,000 booster award winners:
As part of the challenge, we hosted a series of webinars with healthcare improvement experts, including experts in mental health and addictions services, and in home and community care.
Watch the webinar recordings.
¹ Government of Canada. (2018). A Common Statement of Principles on Shared Health Priorities. Retrieved from https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/corporate/transparency/health-agreements/principles-shared-health-priorities.html