CAHO advocates on behalf of its members and all of Ontario to achieve strategic objectives and provide for best possible care for our patients.
Unlike several other provinces, Ontario currently lacks an overarching health research strategy to ensure that the innovation cycle from discovery to practice is complete. An effective strategy would bring government, researchers, academic health sciences centres, the private sector, and the public together to ensure that the best health research is translated into the best health care delivery and fosters growth of the knowledge-based economy. CAHO proposes the creation of the Ontario Health Research and Innovation Council, to drive the health research agenda in Ontario.
Ontario’s research hospitals are recognized as international leaders in health care research and innovation. Ontario’s position on the international research stage has taken decades to develop. Ontario’s health research and innovation capacity has been built in partnership with the Ontario Government through its forward-looking and progressive investments in science and scientific research, particularly through the Ontario Research Fund (ORF).
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) is implementing new hospital funding models CAHO believes Patient-Based Funding models can more accurately support the tri-partite mission of the research hospital (specialized care, education and research), and its ability to support the necessary transformation in Ontario’s health care system. In doing so, proposed funding reforms can help advance the sustainability and impact of the health research enterprise in Ontario.
Ontario’s research hospitals are inventing the future of health care. Every day, the people who work in our community make great strides in improving the health of all Ontarians, often being the first in Canada, or the world, to try a new therapy, an innovative technology or a new way of delivering care to improve the lives of patients.
Attracted $1.2 billion in income invested in the health research enterprise in Ontario
Employ 15,000 researchers and research staff
Developed approximately 270 intellectual property disclosures last year
Developed over 70 commercialized ventures last year
19 of the top 40 research hospitals in Canada are CAHO members – a unique economic asset for Ontario