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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Days in hospital on average per visit

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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

Congratulations to the TRANSFORM HF 2022 Trainee Award Recipients!

Meet Our Newest Heart Failure Trainees!

TRANSFORM HF is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2022 Trainee Awards! Learn more about the heart failure trainees and their projects.

Featured Event

On the Land Indigenous Education Program

This unique three-day program will enhance culturally-safe, strengths-based and healing-informed clinical and research practices.

Dr. Angela Mashford-Pringle and Elders and Knowledge Keepers will lead conversations centred around the Land-as-teacher, Indigenous Land-based pedagogies, and the importance of culture, community, and the Land to Indigenous ways of understanding and relating to our environment and our health.

Registration for this event is now closed. Stay tuned for details about a fall program!

On the Land Indigenous Education Program

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.


We sat down with Health Technology Expert and 2021 Collaboration Starter Grant winner Val Rac to discuss the novel framework she and her team are developing to assess AI-powered health technologies.

Researcher Profile

Azadeh Yadollahi

Assistant Professor at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto
Steering Committee Member, TRANSFORM HF


Dr. Yadollahi is leading a new health research training platform as a Principal Applicant and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Champion.

The Early Professionals, Inspired Careers in AgeTech (EPIC-AT) Health Research Training Platform, powered by AGE-WELL and hosted at the University of Toronto, is a collaborative effort led by researchers from 11 universities and research hospitals across 6 Canadian provinces. EPIC-AT will equip young researchers with the skills they need to become future leaders in accelerating the delivery of digital health solutions for older Canadians with complex health needs and their caregivers.

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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.