Transform HFDigital Innovation for Heart Failure Care
TRANSFORM HF aims to build, support, and seed fund a community of engineers, scientists and clinicians who will work in tandem with Indigenous health experts and patients to develop point-of-care diagnostics, wearables, and AI technologies to monitor and proactively treat people with heart failure in their homes – and empower them to be more active in their own care.
Canadians are living with heart failure
Days in hospital on average per visit
New cases are diagnosed each year
Hospital stays per year
Heart Failure in CanadaFew chronic conditions carry as great a burden as heart failure. Yet its care in Canada is fragmented, low-tech and reactive, with glaring inequities in access, quality of care and patient outcomes. Through collaboration, integration and innovation, our diverse team will dramatically alter the management and trajectory of people with heart failure, bringing new innovations into clinical practice, and improving access to equitable high-quality care. Together, we will break the barriers faced by Indigenous people and underserved communities. And improve care for all.
More than 50 of Canada’s top researchers in heart failure and health-care technologies met virtually in February 2021 alonside trainees and patients to collectively confront the grand challenge of inequity in care.
Meet the first recipients of our Collaboration Starter Grants!
Congratulations to four researchers whose projects span disciplines and perspectives in a bid to develop digital health innovations. Read more about the winning projects and find current grant opportunities.
With the support of our colleagues and collaborators at TRANSFORM HF, we believe building a Medly Caretown will advance equitable virtual HF care by providing older ethnic adults with access to innovative care in partnership with equally invested family caregivers who have their health at heart.
Postdoctoral Fellow, KITE-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
Steering Committee Member, TRANSFORM HF
My goal is to develop remote monitoring technologies alongside clinical and patient partners to support a positive patient experience and improved quality of life. These technologies, when powered by artificial intelligence, will enhance insights into pre-symptomatic health changes and enable preventative care.
Acknowledgement of Territory
We acknowledge the traditional territories of the Mississauga of the New Credit First Nation, Anishnawbe, Wendat, Huron, and Haudenosaunee Indigenous Peoples on which our partner institutions stand.
The territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and Confederacy of the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. We would also like to pay our respects to all our ancestors and to our present Elders.