Encourage Research Collaboration

Encourage Research Collaboration

To encourage research collaboration on best practices in people-centred healthcare, CAPCH has created the Academic Research Collaborative (ARC).

Our ARC brings together Canada’s leading health and information technology researchers to engage in joint inter-disciplinary projects designed to advance the principles of people-centred eHealth innovation. Projects develop new technologies while improving best practices in ‘living labs’*. Researchers who participate in CAPCH-led projects can access CAPCH grants and funding opportunities, which CAPCH actively pursues with corporate, government, and private sources.

To date, CAPCH research projects have benefited from millions of dollars in funding and developed several award winning people-centred health solutions.

For a list of projects, please click here.

*A living lab is an environment designed to enable users to take active part in research and innovation on complex solutions, in multiple and evolving real life contexts.

The Philosophy of CAPCH ARC and other CAPCH Collaboratives

Evolution of health systems from centred around providers and political agendas, to centred around the personal human being, involves a complete paradigm shift. This means changes both in thinking and in action, and so depends on collaboration according to a shared vision and principles among the key health stakeholder groups. We need collaboration both within each of these groups and across them. CAPCH identifies eight key stakeholder types for whom it’s our primary objective to initiate, nurture and support collaboration:

  1. Public
  2. Provider
  3. Academic
  4. Political
  5. Hospital/Institutional
  6. Health-related Industrial (Pharma, Insurance, Healthcare Technology)
  7. Other Industrial (Banking, manufacturing, construction…)
  8. Educational (Primary and Secondary)

The resounding success of our Academic Research Collaborative is encouraging us to seek the same outcome in collaborating with each of the other seven groups.