International Collaboration Puts the Future of Healthcare IT on Display at the University City Science Center

The fifth annual eHealth Innovation Summit on Nov. 19 highlights Canada’s influential entrepreneurs as they look to land a permanent home in the U.S.

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Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) November 15, 2013

Eleven emerging Canadian healthcare IT companies will participate in a demonstration day on Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the University City Science Center. The program will take place at Quorum at 3711 Market St., 8th Floor in Philadelphia.

The technologies developed by the startups focus on everything from hand-washing hygiene to telemedicine solutions for in-home hospice care services to online healthcare communities.

The eHealth Innovation Summit is part of a cross-border market immersion program between the Science Center and the Canadian Consulate General. The partnership is the foundation for the Canadian Technology Accelerator at the Science Center (CTA for Health IT) – which offers high-potential early-stage Canadian startups a communal co-working space at the Science Center’s Port incubator as well as access to programming, resources and support from the Science Center’s network.

By leveraging the resources and tapping into the nurturing capacity of the country’s oldest urban research park, these ambitious companies are properly introduced to the city’s health IT sector. Ultimately, the concept is aiming to create a sustained flow of jobs into the Greater Philadelphia region. CTA for Health IT launched in May 2013. The second group of startups took up residency in the Science Center in September 2013.

“There is an obvious two-way appeal for Canada’s burgeoning businesses and Philadelphia’s established healthcare delivery industry,” Science Center President and CEO Stephen S. Tang, Ph.D., MBA explains. “Innovation is contagious and this collaboration brings fresh ideas to the city, while giving companies a safe landing place for international expansion.”

Companies from two groups of CTA for Health IT participants, including the inaugural class from May, 2013, and the present class, will give demonstrations at the eHealth Innovation Summit:

  •     Caristix transforms data flow and interoperability for hospitals
  •     Hospitalis is working to improve clinical processes throughout the care continuum
  •     Infonaut offers real-time clinical information hospital infection prevention and control
  •     Memotext is developing evidence-based personalization of patient compliance interventions
  •     Pulseinfo Frame offers database-driven informatics for disease management and clinical workflow improvement
  •     Sensory Tech is developing telemedicine solutions for in-home hospice care services
  •     HandyMetrics Corporation is a health software services and technology company founded to commercialize hand hygiene methods
  •     IMPETUS Healthcare designs, builds, hosts and cultivates privately branded online healthcare communities for stakeholder engagement
  •     iNTERFACEWARE, Inc. is a software company focused on marketing middleware technology for healthcare information exchange to global OEM and Direct customers
  •     Metricaid Inc. is a specialist Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) start-up developing a Cloud-based technology focused on forecasting and scheduling
  •     Phemi Health Systems, Inc. helps hospitals improve clinic productivity and patient outcomes

The event is being spearheaded by Vince Finn, Trade Commissioner, Life Sciences & Health IT, Consulate General of Canada, with the goal of sparking further creativity.

“CTA for Health IT is designed to foster relationships with U.S. healthcare prospects including hospitals, insurers, clinics and physician practices,” Finn said. “Bilateral trade between Canada and the U.S. nets more than $24 billion annually and contributes to 300,000 Pennsylvania jobs.”

About the Science Center
The University City Science Center is a dynamic hub for innovation, entrepreneurship and technology development in the Greater Philadelphia region. Its Port facility provides business incubation, programming, lab and office facilities and support services for entrepreneurs, startups, growing and established companies. The Science Center was the first, and remains the largest, urban research park in the United States. Since it was founded in 1963, graduate organizations and current residents of the Port business incubator have created more than 15,000 jobs that remain in the Greater Philadelphia region today and contribute more than $9 billion to the regional economy annually. The Science Center is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013. For more information, visit sciencecenter.org.

About the Canadian Consulate General
The Canadian Consulate General is based in New York City and is responsible for Canada's political, economic, cultural and immigration interests in the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Canada is an ideal partner for international collaboration and our trade commissioners provide expert advice and problem-solving skills for R&D partnering, commercialization or sourcing of technology or investment in Canada. The Consulate General also has an office in Philadelphia which specializes in Life Sciences and Health IT. For more information about the Consulate General contact: vincent.finn@international.gc.ca


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