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Health Innovation Blog

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.


Jan 26, 2018

One problem, many solutions: How to improve Canadian organ donation

Canada has one of the most disorganized and fragmented organ donation systems amongst industrialized countries. Canada must look to leading countries to develop solutions to improving the system, which will in turn save lives and increase health care cost savings.
Jan 3, 2018

Losing touch with our 4th age

Canada’s population is aging at a quicker rate than ever before. This blog considers areas of optimism and areas of issue that gerontologists face regarding our aging population.
Nov 6, 2017

Treating patients with Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms (MUPS)

People with MUPS are a segment of the population who have felt ignored and pushed outside the peripheries of science and medicine. This blog calls for the healthcare system to advance research activities and improve knowledge that will aid in developing better ways to treat people with MUPS.
Oct 20, 2017

The Brains of the operation: How neuroscience changes thinking about innovation and leadership in organizations

Can organizations become more whole brained to innovate?Innovation creates a paradox of conflicting forces but individual human brains navigate this space continuously - integrating between the novel and the known. This blog explores what neuroscience can add to existing theories about innovation.
Oct 5, 2017

How can Canada decrease youth cannabis consumption in anticipation of recreational legalization?

A discussion on the importance of developing a strategy to decrease youth cannabis consumption in anticipation of recreational legalization
Sep 18, 2017

Canada needs to facilitate healthy eating, not hinder it

Chronic diseases have become prevalent in our society. We need Canadians to commit to changing their lifestyles for the long-term, and in order to do so, we need our society to help facilitate this change through healthy eating programs.
Aug 31, 2017

Care by design

How we structure the spaces in which patients receive their care, and in which healthcare professionals work can often be overlooked, but it is essential to the care of patients as it influences how we feel, express ourselves, and think.
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.