Bruyère Receives Award in Innovation from CAN Health

November 08, 2021

Retrieved from Bruyère Receives Award in Innovation from CAN Health on November 8, 2021.

Today, Bruyère is pleased to accept the CAN Health Network’s Disrupter of the Year Award.

The Disruptor of the Year Award recognizes health care operators who championed CAN Health’s mission of breaking down traditional barriers, helping Canadian companies introduce innovative solutions across the country.

Bruyère was praised for being a thought-leader in the health care sector and commended for actively challenging the status quo through transformational tools and innovative solutions.

In 2020, as a member of the CAN Health network, Bruyère partnered with CANImmunize, adopting their technology to simplify the complexity of running flu vaccination clinics.

CANImmunize Inc. is a software start-up company that developed a pan-Canadian digital immunization tracking system for Canadians to keep track of their vaccinations through a mobile app and web-based portal.

Immunization clinics are still traditionally paper-based, but CANImmunize’s solution allowed employees to digitally book flu shot appointments, complete consent forms and keep records of immunizations. In parallel, administrators documented vaccination and dose details digitally, and were able to send the information directly to Bruyère’s occupational health and safety team, saving time and labour costs.

“Bruyère is a perfect example of the type of transformative change CAN Health is trying to affect throughout the larger health care landscape in Canada,” said Dr. Dante Morra, Chair and Lead of the CAN Health Network. “We are very proud to honour Bruyère for its commitment to questioning and pushing back against conventional thinking to bring innovative health care technologies to Canadians.”

“This award is a testament to the potential of CAN Health’s model. It enabled us to test and enhance our product through collaboration,” said Dr. Kumanan Wilson, CEO, CANImmunize. “Working directly with a healthcare organization allowed us to ensure our product was piloted in the real world, which led to the procurement that ultimately scaled our company.”

 “We are grateful to receive this award, and to CAN Health and the people at Bruyère who supported our early adoption of this innovative solution,” said Guy Chartrand, President and CEO of Bruyère. “Testing the technology in real time and enhancing the vaccination experience for our staff shows the impact we can have when Canadian innovators partner with institutions like Bruyère.”

Working with CAN Health to implement CANImmunize tools is just one example of Bruyère’s ongoing work to use innovation and technology to address challenges patients, residents and staff face every day. Bruyère’s commitment to innovation is embedded in its dedication to partnerships like this, as they carry the lessons learned to the innovative projects of the future.

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"Our FHT team were key to the success of this pilot CAN Health research project leading to this award, as well as the award that CANImmunize won as best innovation. The CEO of CANImmunize recognized that the work done at Bruyère was what set them up to have a viable product for Nova Scotia and then PEI and the Yukon.  The software is credited as being one of the factors behind the high immunization rate in NS.  
Our staff providing front line expertise with tech experts has resulted in having impact well over a million patients."- Vela Tadic, ED, Bruyère Academic FHT

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