Digital Transformation in Health 4.0 challenges industry and hospitals to improve health care delivery through collaboration

“I would like to challenge those of you here today to take real action towards making today’s meeting a success by talking to some of the people you have met on how you can work together to solve some of the issues we heard about today. If you can come up with a good project, OCE has funding for it.” That was the call to action by John Fielding, Regional Director at Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE). This capped off a half day of presentations and workshops at Digital Transformation 4.0, an annual event that brings industry, academia, and the health care sector together to stimulate the modernisation of the health care sector through the use of digital technologies.


Digital Transformations in Health 4.0 is the fourth in a series of events put on by the University of Ottawa’s Technology Transfer and Business Enterprise Office. The theme of this year’s event was the use of digital technologies in optimizing patient-engagement and patient-centred care. It featured speakers from both the hospitals and the private sector who were incredibly open about issues they are facing.

From the hospital side, it was clear that the system  requires change. All stakeholders in the system, including management, doctors, and patients see the need for change, and are looking at how they can deliver the most appropriate care, without putting the patient at risk. Industry is taking note of this, and sponsoring companies such as CAE and MDI Solutions, as well as other participants such as MyOfficeTool gave concrete examples as to how they are partnering with hospitals to improve health care delivery.

For the entrepreneurs in attendance, the opportunities were clear despite structural barriers that are necessary in any large organisation. This event provided a forum with the 3 breakout sessions to enable people to get together and start tackling those barriers in order to realise the opportunities.

 OTTN and TTBE, as well as the Ontario Centres of Excellence are looking forward to helping to build partnerships  for improving healthcare.  Together, we will be following up with participants to ensure there is a lasting impact from this half day conference. 


About Ottawa Technology Transfer Network
The Ottawa Technology Transfer Network (OTTN) is a collaboration among academic research institutions affiliated with the University of Ottawa and who's goal is to enhance the economic impact of research commercialization through the sharing of best practices, enhanced market knowledge, student engagement and proactive industrial interation. OTTN members include the University of Ottawa, the Ottawa Hospital Research Institutie (OHRI), the Childrens' Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and the Unviversity of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI)

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