Transform HF

Digital 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.

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1 Million

Canadians are living with heart failure

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10

Days in hospital on average per visit

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50,000

New cases are diagnosed each year

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1.4 Million

Hospital stays per year

Heart Failure in Canada

Few 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.

Featured Event

Ted Rogers Centre 2021 Heart Failure Symposium

Registration is now open for Canada’s largest conference on heart failure! TRANSFORM-HF is excited to sponsor a talk on Indigenous heart health led by international expert Dr. Jeff Reading, Professor at Simon Fraser University and First Nations Health Authority Chair in Heart Health and Wellness at St. Paul’s Hospital. Other features include presentations on clinical innovations, emerging therapies, caring for specialized populations, and more! Join us December 10-11, 2021.

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Featured Research

collaboration starter grants recipients

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.

Researcher Profile

Robert Amelard

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.

Dr. Robert Amelard, Researcher

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.