Liz Sandals News Release

New Health Technologies Coming to Local Community

Province Supporting Alaunus to Improve Patient Care at Home and in the Community

NEWS April 10, 2017

Ontario is improving patient care through cutting-edge health technology by committing to provide grants for 15 new projects that will improve people’s care at home and in their communities.

MPP for Guelph Liz Sandals is proud to announce an investment of $100,000 for Alaunus to pilot a new mobile platform, Bloom, which seamlessly connects patients with caregivers.

Patients and family members are able to find caregivers as simply as point-click-connect, creating a patient-centred care environment. Bookings, ongoing care, best practice guidelines, training and at-home remote monitoring are managed through the platform. Bloom will be piloted in partnership with Brain Injury Services of Hamilton and the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network. 

The grants are part of Ontario’s Health Technologies Fund (HTF), which supports the development of Ontario-based health technologies that improve care for people, bring value to the health care system and create jobs.

Investing in innovative health technologies that help patients receive care closer to home is part of the government's plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which provides patients with faster access to the right care, better home and community care, the information they need to live healthy, and a health care system that is sustainable for generations to come.


“The Health Technologies Fund is helping to develop exciting new tools that will improve the flow of health information and allow patients to receive high-quality care in their own homes and communities.”

— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“Technology is transforming our province, and that includes our health care system. The Health Technologies Fund recipients and the Innovation Brokers are helping foster a culture of health innovation across Ontario. Together, these initiatives will create jobs within the province’s knowledge economy, while also improving patient outcomes for all Ontarians.”

— Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science

“The Health Technologies Fund is already having an impact in the health system because of the collaborations it has created between health service providers, health technology innovators and patients. We are finding new ways to solve our greatest challenges by harnessing the power of innovation to provide better care while creating jobs in Ontario.”

William Charnetski, Chief Health Innovation Strategist for Ontario

“Through Ontario’s Health Technologies Fund, Ontario Centres of Excellence is working with the government to strengthen our innovation ecosystem by supporting and accelerating development and implementation of made-in-Ontario health technologies. As a part of the Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, these projects will better develop coordinated and integrated care in communities, improve patient outcomes and help companies to build evidence for adoption.”

— Tom Corr, President and CEO, Ontario Centres for Excellence

“The Health Technologies Fund will greatly benefit Ontario-developed technologies that address health system challenges, while growing Ontario’s economy and, most importantly, improving the lives of patients. This is one of a number of initiatives from the Wynne government that highlight its tremendous commitment to make Ontario the leading jurisdiction for adopting innovative medical technologies.”

— Brian Lewis, President and CEO, MEDEC

“The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has consistently advocated for better integration of Ontario-based innovations in our public health care system. With today’s announcements, the Government of Ontario has taken a critical step along the path to transforming our health care system.”

‎Graham Henderson, Chair of the Board of Directors, Ontario Chamber of Commerce

"This investment in innovative health technologies will help patients and their families connect with and access health care services and caregivers in their local community."

— Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph


  • Fifteen grants were awarded ranging from $95,000 to $500,000 each, totalling $5.4 million.
  • Alaunus received $100,000 in grant funding.
  • The $20-million Health Technologies Fund is administered by the Ontario Centres of Excellence and the Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist (OCHIS).

  • Minister Hoskins also announced the first three Innovation Brokers who will accelerate the work of the OCHIS by connecting health technology companies, health care providers, patients and other key stakeholders to advance health technology innovations into practice.
  • Each Health Innovation Team includes at least one provider of publicly funded health care services and at least one technology company with an R&D or manufacturing presence in Ontario.
  • The Health Innovation Team includes: Brain Injury Services/Step Up! ABI Recovery, Waterloo Wellington LHIN, Health Quality Ontario, Wilfrid Laurier University, Alaunus.
  • The next call for applications for the Health Technologies Fund will be announced in spring 2017.


For more information, contact:
Jenny Waterston
Office of Liz Sandals, MPP
(519) 836-4190