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 Story

On the Land Indigenous Education Program: May 2022

TRANSFORM HF members had the opportunity to participate in the On the Land Indigenous Education Program led by Dr. Angela Mashford-Pringle In May 2022.

Participants explored culturally-safe, strengths-based, and healing-informed clinical and research practices through hands-on, land-based learning.

We look forward to continuing to offer this opportunity to our members!

Featured Event

ECHO PITCH 2022

Don’t miss ECHO PITCH 2022, a special event where five start-ups in the cardiovascular health sector will compete live for up to $250,000 before a panel of judges. All are welcome to register and be part of the live audience!

Dr. Heather Ross Presenting at Healthcare Innovation

Featured Research

Dr. Val Rac and her team of international collaborators received a TRANSFORM HF Collaboration Starter Grant in 2021 for their work in developing a Health Technology Assessment framework specific to AI-powered technologies.

3 Ways to Support Patient-Caregiver Pairs through Equitable Virtual Care

In a Canadian population of older ethnic adults living with heart failure, what is the impact of engaging family caregivers in a model of shared virtual care to support technology use and symptom management?

This is the question Dr. Quynh Pham and her team have set out to answer as they build Medly Caretown, a family-centered shared virtual care model for patient-caregiver pairs.

Researcher Profile

Darshan Brahmbhatt

Attending, Cardiology and Heart Failure, Mount Sinai Hospital
2021 Trainee Award Recipient

 

Darshan Brahmbhatt was awarded a 2021 TRANSFORM HF Trainee Award for his project “Remote monitoring of patients with LVADs: A safety and feasibility study,” co-supervised by Drs. Phyllis Billia and Emily Seto.​

As Darshan’s time as a TRANSFORM HF Trainee comes to a close, we sat down with him to talk about his research over the past year and where he sees the field of digital health heading.

Dr. Darshan Brahmbhatt, TRANSFORM HF 2021 Trainee Award Recipient working on remote monitoring for LVAD patients.

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.