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Backgrounder: eHealth Innovation Partnership Program
The field of eHealth includes health services and information delivered or enhanced through the Internet and related technologies. eHealth offers promising opportunities to improve the accessibility, coordination and affordability of health care.
To benefit from these opportunities, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) developed the e-Health Innovation Partnership Program (eHIPP) in collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).
The program is designed to stimulate collaborations between health researchers and Canadian innovative technology companies. By bringing academia and industry together, eHIPP is ensuring that eHealth innovations are being co-developed, tested with the people who will need them, and evaluated for their cost-effectiveness.
Through e-HIPP, CIHR and partners – including organizations from the private, public, and non-profit sectors – have funded 22 projects: 8 focused on youth mental health and 14 focused on seniors with complex care needs in their homes.
About 1.2 million Canadian youth and adolescents are estimated to have mental health problems, while as many as 1 in 5 people experience mental health problems in any given year. The direct costs to our economy are in excess of $50 billion per year, with indirect financial and social costs many fold higher.
Older adults prefer to age at home, and, when ill, typically prefer home environments to hospital stays wherever feasible and appropriate. eHealth solutions can facilitate many aspects of home-based care for seniors, offering promising opportunities to improve the coordination of care and alternatives to costly care solutions.
CIHR is providing a total of $13.8M to support these 22 projects. An additional $32M is being provided by partners.
NRC-IRAP is Canada’s premier innovation assistance program for Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises, helping them to turn ideas into commercial success, through business advice, technical assistance, funding and professional linkages.
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