Welcome to the Health Innovation Blog! The intention of this blog is provide a platform for staff, students and community members to discuss innovative ideas to address health system challenges and gaps.

The views expressed in these blogs are the opinions of their authors, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Centre.


Aug 16, 2017

Is Exercise Prescription in Primary Care the Key to Health Promotion?

"Exercise can be used like a vaccine to prevent disease and a medication to treat disease. If there were a drug with the same benefits as exercise, it would instantly be the standard of care."
Jul 11, 2017

Canada should not allow two-tiered practicing for medically-necessary services

Canada should transform care pathways to improve delivery of care and wait times instead of implementing a two-tiered health system. This would preserve the principles of fairness and equity highly valued by Canadians while maintaining a high standard of care and keeping access to care need-based.
Jun 26, 2017

Taking the time to care: The need for paid caregiver leave in Canada

Over 6 million Canadians are balancing employment with caregiving duties and caregiving can have negative consequences for a caregiver's professional life. This blog discusses the importance of and need for paid leave for caregiving in Canadian workplaces.
Jun 12, 2017

Creating mutually beneficial partnerships between the health systems of developed economies and developing countries

This blog reflects on the need to create mutually beneficial partnerships between developed economies and developing countries/economies in transition and the need for these partnerships to utilize the concept of shared value.
May 24, 2017

Big data in Electronic Health Records, and what physicians can do to help

Despite the large amount of data stored in them, electronic health records (EHR) have yet to realize their full potential in improving care for patients. In response to earlier government incentives in switching to health record systems, physicians now have a strong role to play.
May 9, 2017

A call for Canadian leadership: Addressing public safety and the fentanyl crisis

The opioid crisis has dominated the Western Canadian news cycle for the better part of 2016. Immediate action is required to protect the unsuspecting, and frequently marginalized population of illicit drug users at risk.
Apr 24, 2017

A Seat at the table: A case study in publicly funded eating disorder programming

After having visited Sheena's Place, a not-for-profit in Toronto, Victoria Wiebe, provides a follow-up post to her initial blog entitled "Canada Needs To Invest In Its Publicly Funded Eating Disorder Programs."
Apr 10, 2017

The future of medicine: Looking beyond the next four years

When comparing the current Patients First strategy with similar documents from previous administrations, the findings and ‘vision’ look very similar. Therefore, a vision for the health care system needs to look beyond a four year political cycle.
Mar 3, 2017

Establishing support strategies for Canadian caregivers

With a growing seniors’ population generating a tremendous need for informal caregivers, current assistance programs need to be enhanced and new policies established to effectively meet the needs of informal care providers.​
Feb 13, 2017

Housing for health: Why social housing is imperative to improving Aboriginal health conditions

The solutions to the housing crisis in First Nations Metis and Inuit communities may lie within local, non-profit organizations, but ultimately, funding must come from the government.