Health Systems, Practice, Policy and Regulatory Issues

While technological innovation offers tremendous new opportunities, there are challenges related to policy, regulation and decision-making in the care of older persons. It is also important to understand how different sectors and stakeholders can work together to develop innovative solutions. The research conducted in POLICY-TECH centres around understanding the current policy and regulatory landscape in Canada related to health technologies for seniors’ health, developing recommendations for how policy frameworks and collaborative partnerships might evolve to support development and appropriate adoption of health technology innovations, and understanding how technological innovations, such as those that yield 'big data', can be used to inform health system decision-making. POLICY-TECH will deliver in-depth information that will be crucial for AGE-WELL partners as they attempt to bring new technologies and tools to the market. The research will also drive new healthcare policies.

Workpackage Leads
  • Paul Stolee, University of Waterloo
  • Don Juzwishin, University of Victoria


Core Research Projects

Policy and Regulatory Issues in Enabling Technological Innovation – 7.1 PRI-TECH

This project examines current policy and regulatory frameworks and developments that are relevant to the licensing, approval, regulation, reimbursement and evaluation of new technologies and innovations resulting from AGE-WELL. Recommendations will be made for how innovation in health technologies for older adults can be accommodated and stimulated within existing policy and regulatory frameworks, as well as how these frameworks might be modified to support safe adoption of promising and effective technologies. 

Award Term: April 1, 2015 - March 31, 2020

AGE-WELL NCE Investment: $ 665,328

Total Non-NCE Contribution: $ 130,000

Project Leads
  • Don Juzwishin, University of Victoria
  • Paul Stolee, University of Waterloo
Researchers
  • Don Husereau, University of Alberta
  • Melissa Koch, University of Waterloo
  • Pascale Lehoux, University of Montreal
  • Sheila Bodemer, University of Waterloo

 

Developing Regional Health InnoVation Ecosystems – 7.2 DRIVE

This project explores how technology innovations can be fostered and driven in what we refer to as Regional Health Innovation Ecosystems. The research team will develop models for AGE-WELL that will facilitate partnerships in local collaborations among researchers, policymakers, practitioners and industry. 

Award Term: April 1, 2015 - March 31, 2020

AGE-WELL NCE Investment: $ 523,213

Total Non-NCE Contribution: $ 173,680

Project Leads
  • Josephine McMurray, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Heidi Sveistrup, University of Ottawa
Researchers
  • David Wolfe, University of Toronto
  • Don Juzwishin, University of Victoria
  • James Conklin, Concordia University
  • Pascale Lehoux, University of Montreal
  • Paul Stolee, University of Waterloo
  • Ryan D'Arcy, Simon Fraser University
  • Sheila Bodemer, University of Waterloo

 

Data-Driven Decision-making in Healthcare – 7.3 3DHC

The objective of this project is to develop and prove the feasibility of home health monitoring and data-driven decision support systems based on various data sources. The outcomes of this work include: 1) a knowledge base of mHealth, machine learning, and artificial intelligence for healthy aging; 2) frailty prediction algorithms based on wearable data; and 3) interRAI Community Health Assessment decision support algorithms.

Award Term: April 1, 2015 - March 31, 2020

AGE-WELL NCE Investment: $ 469,091

Total Non-NCE Contribution: $ 123,534

Project Leads
  • John Hirdes, University of Waterloo
  • Joon Lee, University of Calgary
Researchers
  • George Heckman, University of Waterloo
  • James Tung, University of Waterloo
  • Jesse Hoey, University of Waterloo
  • Jim Wallace, University of Waterloo
  • Mu Zhu, University of Waterloo
  • Paul Stolee, University of Waterloo
  • Sheila Bodemer, University of Waterloo

 

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