Edges

Edges are public or private organizations with shared challenges that form an integrated network to collaborate, adopt and procure innovative homegrown solutions. Edges may include hospitals, home care organizations, health authorities, private clinics etc. They are health care operators who are committed to being early adopters of innovative Canadian health care solutions.

Edges within the CAN Health Network are diverse but share our vision of creating an integrated marketplace for Canadian businesses to test and enhance their technologies in partnership with the end-user and subsequently scale through innovative procurement processes.

Edges are public or private organizations with shared challenges that form the integrated network to collaborate, adopt and procure innovative homegrown solutions. Edges may include hospitals, home care organizations, health authorities, private clinics etc. They are health care operators who are committed to being early adopters of innovative Canadian health care solutions.

Edges within the CAN Health Network are diverse but share our vision of creating an integrated marketplace for Canadian businesses to test and enhance their technologies in partnership with the end-user and subsequently scale through innovative procurement processes.

Within a regional Network, there is a Lead Edge. They administer and allocate funds across the Edges in that given regional Network, and coordinate the various projects and activities for their region. The Lead Edges are also responsible for selecting appropriate and relevant Edges who have a mandate to innovate and who understand the social and economic value of commercializing Canadian health care technologies.

Within a given regional Network, there is a Lead Edge. They administer and allocate funds across the Edges in that given regional Network, and coordinate the various projects and activities for their region. The Lead Edges are also responsible for selecting appropriate and relevant Edges who have a mandate to innovate and who understand the social and economic value of commercializing Canadian health care technologies.

EDGEs provide companies with five key elements

User identified market-ready problems

Direct access to clinicians, resources and data

Proof of consumer value

A guided opportunity to validate their solution

Access to an integrated network of potential customers

CAN Health Edges benefit from the program in a number of ways including:

  • Opportunity to collaborate with health care organizations from across Canada.

  • Funding to support commercialization pilot projects, enabling health care organizations to adapt technology solutions sooner, with minimal risk.

  • Ability to procure proven technology solutions from other health care organizations across Canada without duplication, creating efficiencies and cost savings.

  • Potential for future equity stake in Canadian companies.

  • Public declaration of support for innovation and technology and supporting Canada’s economic growth.

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