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Program History & Inspiration

Program History & Inspiration


York University along with lead partners NexJ Systems Inc and McMaster University, received a $15.5-million investment from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) to support the development and delivery of the Connected Health and Wellness Project (CHWP).

The largest FedDev Ontario healthcare project built around a single vision, CHWP embraced small- and medium-sized businesses and major healthcare institutions engaged in finding new ways to contribute to patient-centered health. This collaborative enterprise had tangible, measurable impacts including: new mobile technologies to enable sharing health information among patients, their families and circle of care; technology-assisted health coaching and training to improve wellness; the development of 40 new products, processes and services (and the next generation OSCAR Electronic Medical Record); and the creation of 122 new jobs, 16 new partnerships and 27 spin-off collaborations.

The project proved that processes and solutions could be developed that respect and build on the strengths of different parties to achieve significant goals together.


The first pilot projects are approved under the Health Ecosphere banner. A cohort of 14 products representing various stages on the research and development continuum were chosen and implemented at Southlake Regional Health Centre (SRHC).


The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced a $15 million investment in the Health Ecosphere: An Innovation Pipeline for Commercial Health Solutions (HEIPP).

HEIPP is a multi-partner collaboration led by York University and Southlake Regional Health Centre. Along with University Health Network (UHN), the partners work with businesses and other research institutes to develop personalized healthcare technologies and state-of-the-art enterprise solutions for customized health management and care. Technologies include healthcare apps, medical devices, and big data platforms. These solutions will provide connected and coordinated care across the system by integrating previously segregated markets; help patients with chronic disease change their behaviour; and leverage big data analytics to develop and commercialize predictive health solutions, leading to improved outcomes for patients and reduced healthcare costs. The project is supported by a $15M financial contribution from FedDev Ontario, matched by $19.45M from 32+ partners engaged in development of 37+ new technologies.