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MEDEC Rebrands to Medtech Canada

Toronto, May 22 – MEDEC, the association representing Canada’s medical technology companies, is very pleased to announce that it has rebranded to become Medtech Canada.

This new brand identity reflects the ever-evolving nature of the medical technology industry, which is contributing to enabling the digitization of health care, providing more connected care and providing opportunities for more patient-centred care in community settings.

“As health care systems in Canada are increasingly focused on achieving more digital and patient-centred approaches to care, the medtech industry is there to provide safe and effective technologies and solutions that can make significant contributions to achieving these goals and enabling patients to live the lives they want to live,” says Brian Lewis, President and CEO of Medtech Canada. “The work of our association has adapted in lockstep with these changes, working collaboratively with our health system partners towards improving patient care and our new brand identity reflects this.”

Medical technologies are a vital part of every facet of health care including ever-advancing cardiovascular devices, orthopaedic implants and diagnostic imaging equipment, which are just a few examples of this broad and patient-focused industry.

Medtech Canada is a member-driven association, with committees focused on subsector-specific issues, as well as broader, industry-wide topics in areas such as promoting strategic procurement and funding reforms, regulatory affairs and championing the Canadian medical technology eco-system. The association also brings together a variety of stakeholders through such avenues as its annual MedTech Conference and its Hospital to Community Collaborative.

“The medical technology industry has a very important role to play in enabling value-based health care and we are working closely with our partners to advance this shift, which will enhance patient outcomes and contribute to the sustainability of our publicly-funded health care system,” says Mr. Lewis.

About Medtech Canada

Medtech Canada is the national association representing the medical technology industry in Canada. Our association advocates for achieving patient access to leading edge, innovative technology solutions that provide valuable outcomes. Our members are committed to providing safe and innovative medical technologies that enhance the quality of patient care, improve patient access to health care, and help enable the sustainability of our health care system. The medical technology industry in Canada employs over 35,000 Canadians in approximately 1,500 facilities across the country. www.medtechcanada.org

Contact: Gerry Frenette, VP, Public and Member Relations, Medtech Canada

(416) 620-1915 ext. 227

[email protected]

Ontario Launches $20M Health Technologies Fund and Innovation Brokers

$20M Health Technologies Fund The new $20M Health Technologies Fund (HTF) will support the development of market-ready, made-in-Ontario health technologies by accelerating prototyping, evaluation and adoption in the Ontario health care sector. The fund will support projects that reflect priority areas of the government’s Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care. The first priority area for the HTF is Better Care Closer to Home. It will support home and community care through virtual, digital and mobile health care technologies. Applicants may apply for funding in one of three project categories:

  • Prototype
  • Pre-market evaluation
  • Early adoption
MEDEC is pleased to report that in addition to Ontario-based companies, the fund will also be open to any company that develops their technology in Ontario (specific parameters will be forthcoming). Preliminary program details are available here and applications will be accepted starting July 2016. Innovation Brokers Innovation Brokers will help remove barriers, so that innovative technologies and processes can be adopted by Ontario’s health care system and put to work for the benefit of patients. Innovation Brokers will also work with the Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist (OCHIS) to coordinate, integrate and ensure alignment of innovation with health system priorities and the needs of Ontario’s population. OCHIS has issued a Request for Expressions of Interest to establish a list of qualified and interested candidates as the first stage in a two-stage process for filling the Innovation Broker positions. More info can be found here. The OCHIS has also launched a new, easy-to-access link to their homepage at: Ontario.ca/healthinnovation The government’s news release on the announcement can be found here. A news story about the announcement which cites Mr. Charnetski’s remarks at MEDEC’s recent MedTech Conference can be found here. MEDEC is pleased that progress is being made on implementing the OHIC recommendations and we look forward to continue working with Mr. Charnetski and his office on the implementation in order to improve the environment for the medtech industry on behalf of our members. We will keep our members posted as this work progresses.]]>