TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 25, 2013) - Today, the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), participated in the Applied Research Day at George Brown College. Minister Goodyear discussed how the Government of Canada's investment in innovative software will help Canadians, their families and their medical teams gain quick access to all of their health records using cloud-based tools.
Announced by Minister Goodyear on September 12, 2012, the Connected Health and Wellness Project is a technology platform containing an integrated suite of compatible technologies and apps designed to improve the health of Canadians. This project will allow patients to access and share their health records with their family, friends and care teams, including a health coach, to collaboratively manage their health and wellness. This technology will allow hospitals, physicians and other healthcare professionals to access and update this information on an ongoing basis. It is also positioning southern Ontario as a leader in advancing health coaching, which is intended to help Canada and other countries around the world find new ways to decrease healthcare costs.
FedDev Ontario's investment in the Connected Health and Wellness Project is helping to create the conditions necessary to make southern Ontario's businesses and not-for-profit institutions global leaders in the development and delivery of integrated electronic healthcare software.
The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector also received significant support October 18, 2013, when Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that Canada and the European Union (EU) have reached an agreement in principle on a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement which will significantly boost commercial ties between the two partners, and create jobs and long-term economic growth and prosperity. This deal will have a significant impact on the ICT sector in southern Ontario.
"Today's event demonstrates how great ideas can be applied, bringing about transformational change," said Minister Goodyear. "Our investment in the Connected Health and Wellness Project will bring integrated health and wellness solutions to new markets at home and abroad, creating new jobs and helping Canadians better manage their health using innovative technology developed in southern Ontario."
FedDev Ontario's contribution of up to $15,549,290 through the Technology Development Program will enable the Connected Health and Wellness Project to bring together 17 private sector, academic and not-for-profit partners. In addition to federal funding, this project has leveraged more than $23 million in private-sector investments.
"With its important contribution of healthy recipes for diverse communities, as part of its Applied Research Day, George Brown College is playing an integral role in the Connected Health and Wellness Project's commitment to people-centred health using e-health technology and behaviour change to help more people live healthier, longer," says York University's Faculty of Health Dean Harvey Skinner.