The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is proud to launch the eHealth Innovations Partnership Program (eHIPP), a collaborative funding opportunity designed to create a new generation of cost-effective patient- and population-centered health care solutions.
eHIPP will focus on development of inter-sectoral collaboration between healthcare innovation communities (researchers, clinicians, patients and decision makers) and industry to help realize the value of existing innovations. The expectation is for collaborative teams (healthcare innovation community + industry) to address gaps and inefficiencies in the care of two priority populations.
eHIPP is co-led by the Institute for Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) and the Institute of Aging (IA) in conjunction with the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA); and the Institute for Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH).
1. Identify patient-oriented eHealth solutions that will improve health outcomes, patient experience, and lower the cost of care along the continuum for two eHIPP priority areas:
– Early identification of, and intervention for youth and adolescents (11-25 years of age) with mental health conditions
– Support of seniors with complex care needs in their homes
2. Foster partnerships between innovation communities and health technology companies to co-develop and evaluate the clinical benefit and cost-effectiveness of eHealth solutions in clinical- and population health-environments; these evaluations will take the form of cluster randomized, and/or randomized controlled trials (level 1 evidence) so as to assist in the subsequent commercialization of successful innovations
eHIPP will fund individual grants for a maximum of four years and on a 1:1 matching basis. CIHR will contribute a maximum amount of $187,500 per year. The other half of the funding must come from industry (at least 50% of the partner contribution) alongside other potential partners including economic development agencies and health funding agencies.
Collaborative Team Development
To facilitate the formation of partnerships between healthcare innovation communities and health technology companies, a series of regional workshops will occur starting in 2015. Watch our “Events” page for details on workshops and webinars in your area.