Infoway invites Canadian innovators to join first-ever results-based ImagineNation Outcomes Challenge
STRATFORD, ON, May 4 /CNW/ - Canadian innovators are invited to
participate in the ImagineNation Outcomes challenge announced Dr. Jennifer Zelmer, Senior Vice President, Clinical Adoption
and Innovation, Canada Health Infoway at Canada 3.0.
The ImagineNation Outcomes challenge is unique, focusing on proving and spreading innovative health
information and communications technology solutions in areas that
matter to Canadians and their health care providers. Two challenges
will address priorities identified in a recent survey of Canadians:
e-scheduling and patient/consumer access to lab results and other
health information. The other challenges will address clinical
"Through the new ImagineNation Outcomes Challenge, we are looking forward to awarding and showcasing on-line or mobile
solutions that improve health care, encouraging innovation and results
across the country," said Dr. Zelmer.
Infoway has earmarked more than $1 million for the ImagineNation Outcomes Challenge. The Challenge will run from September 2011 to March 2013 and offer
financial awards to participants for achieving certain results. Early
awards will be allocated to teams demonstrating the first working
solutions in each priority area. There will also be significant cash
awards and other benefits for participants whose solutions are used
most frequently during the ImagineNation Outcomes Challenge.
Single individuals/organizations or teams of individuals/organizations
are welcome to participate. At least one member of each team must be
either a clinician or an organization delivering health services in
This initiative is the second ImagineNation challenge introduced by Infoway since the March 2011 launch of ImagineNation Ideas challenge, which is
part of the organization's ongoing innovation program.
Those who are interested in learning more about this challenge are
invited to sign-up at: www.imagineNationchallenge.ca. Registration for the ImagineNation Outcomes challenge will begin in September 2011.
Why a Challenge? Why now?
Challenges are a good way of eliciting and spreading innovation: In a
fall 2010 Ipsos survey gathering information about Canadians'
priorities for consumer health solutions, 85 per cent of respondents
agreed that running challenges like this one was a good way to get and
test new ideas about how to provide health information products and
services. Infoway has committed to engage in open challenges to encourage broader
innovation in a cost-effective and timely way, while fostering a
community of innovators across the country. The ImagineNation Outcomes and ImagineNation Ideas Challenges are part of Infoway's ongoing innovation program.
About Canada Health Infoway:
Canada Health Infoway is an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the federal
government. Infoway jointly invests with every province and territory to accelerate the
development and adoption of information and communications technology
projects in Canada. Fully respecting patient confidentiality, these
secure systems will provide clinicians and patients with the
information they need to better support safe care decisions and manage
their own health. Accessing this vital information quickly will help
foster a more modern and sustainable health care system for all
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