New Online Tool Innovatexchange Promotes Collaboration, Sharing and the Spread of Innovation in Health Care

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Health care stakeholders from all over Canada are celebrating the launch of a new tool to drive collaboration and sharing of best practices and, ultimately, the acceleration of innovation adoption in health care.


Innovatexhange will provide opportunities to connect with others looking to advance patient and public engagement in planning, education and research.

The Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation at Western University (“the Centre”) has launched Innovatexchange, an interactive, user-generated map of innovations in health care across Canada and from around the world. Innovatexhange is designed to give health care stakeholders a snapshot of projects, trends and achievements in health systems innovation from across the country and around the world, and to provide an open forum for discussion.

"In our work across Canada, it has become very clear that there are many impressive innovations in health systems across the country. However, it is also clear that there is no easy way for health professionals, policy makers or administrators to learn about innovations making an impact across the country, across the ocean or even across the street! This health system myopia is limiting our progress in achieving system transformation," said Dr.Anne Snowdon, Chair of the Centre.

To overcome this challenge, the students and staff at the centre took action by reaching out to stakeholders across sectors to acquire input into what an effective sharing platform might look like. The result was the creation of Innovatexchange.

Once an idea is populated to Innovatexchange, there is room for comments, suggestions, conversation and collaboration. The platform is designed to accommodate ideas that span the innovation life cycle, from ideas to research to deployment to impact.

Innovatexchange already houses more than 100 examples of innovations; health care stakeholders have been contributing to the Innovatexchange database for months. “Innovatexhange will provide opportunities to connect with others looking to advance patient and public engagement in planning, education and research,” said one contributor, Dr. Svetlana Shklarov, Instructor and Research Coordinator, Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary.

Dr. Ian Musgrave is Service Chief and Division Head of Tertiary/ACT Services at the Vancouver Island Health Authority, and has also contributed to the map: “This kind of collaborative approach to stimulate and inspire, in my situation, opportunities for mental health service delivery innovations and academic interface was truly appreciated. Platforms like these encourage dialogue and potential partnerships between groups,” said Dr. Musgrave.

Innovatexchange embodies the Centre’s position that innovation is the only non-zero-sum way to put Canada’s health system on a sustainable path. In other words, innovation is the only way to increase quality and effiency without increasing costs or choosing certain services over others.
To submit an innovation or learn more about achievements already on the platform, visit:


For additional information or an interview, please contact:

Andrea Rosebrugh
International Centre for Health Innovation
519-661-2111, ext. 82582

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