We are in an era of incredible pressure on the Canadian healthcare system. The silver tsunami and a growing burden of chronic disease are forcing a conversation around the next big innovation since medicare. From systems that are centralized and hierarchical, the MaRS Market Insights’ Transforming Health report finds a shift to new models of care that are decentralized and integrated, providing a continuum of care that puts patients at the centre. We can see pockets of the future in innovations like telemedicine, community-based care, physician prescriptions and wearables that support lifestyle-based prevention strategies, and the application of new technologies to empower patients at the centre of complex webs of care.
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