TORONTO – November 19, 2013 –
The Ontario government today launched the Ontario Health
Innovation Council (OHIC). The Council is tasked with leveraging innovation to
improve health care in Ontario
and create new opportunities for economic growth.
Dr. Catherine Zahn, President and CEO of the Centre for
Addiction and Mental Health and an OHIC member said, “We can improve access to
health care and raise quality by putting research and innovation into
action. OHIC is an opportunity to ‘think big’ and broadly about health
innovation in Ontario
and make it real for patients, people and communities.”
Ministry of Research and Innovation & Ministry of Health and
Long-Term Care announce the launch of the Ontario Health Innovation
Council. (Photo courtesy of UHN)
A timely example of making innovation real is CAMH's own announcement today of a first-time ever partnership with Assurex Health to
create a new company to advance the widespread use of personalized medicine in
psychiatry. This joint venture will enable pharmacogenetic research discoveries
from CAMH to be brought into widespread clinical use, to the benefit of
patients and with substantial savings to the health care system.
Read more about the new OHIC
here and about the benefits of personalized medicine in psychiatry and the new
company AssureRx Canada here.
To read the Ministry's press release click here.