Cohort 2

Session OneSession TwoSession ThreeSession Four

Session One

Healthcare Information Governance 101 – June 17, 2021

The second cohort of the Digital Health Integration Readiness Platform, also known as Pre-HaTCH, kicked off its first session on June 17, 2021. Participating companies joined the first of four virtual sessions to learn about the intricacies of healthcare governance structure and deep-dive into best practices in navigating the complex integration requirements to success in the Alberta health system. 

The first session provided an overview of the policies and procedures followed by companies working in and with health systems to securely collect and use health data, and the ways companies must adhere to regulations. Learning the basics about health information governance is the first step in developing a data governance plan.  

Atom Health is a digital health hub that solves the problem of storing and sharing time-critical health information for improved patient outcomes. Successfully navigating the Alberta health system integration requirements is a crucial step in the growing and scaling the company in Alberta.  

“Our biggest takeaway from the first session is how privacy and information sharing play a role in each situation differently,” said Miral Shounak, CEO at Atom Health. “It was extremely helpful, and increased our confidence in our positioning and implementation.” 

Although it’s the initial session for the cohort, participants are encouraged to put the concepts into practice as soon as possible. Shounak says Atom Health intends to begin incorporation of the concepts immediately.  

“We have a complication scenario and hope to be able to implement it correctly with the given situation.” 

The second session was scheduled for June 24, 2021. Learn more about Pre-HaTCH here 

Learn about the companies involved:

Atom Health is a digital health hub that solves the problem of storing and sharing time-critical health information for improved patient outcomes. Democratization of data and personalization of healthcare are the future of healthcare and at Atom Health we begin by empowering the patient and the physicians. 

Visit www.atomhealth.ca to learn more.  


Session Two

Healthcare Information Governance -Risk Management – June 24, 2021

The Session Two of the Digital Health Integration Readiness Platform (Pre-HaTCH) June Cohort, took place on June 24, 2021. Participating companies joined virtual session to learn about risk management associated with healthcare information governance and begin developing the structure needed to support each company’s health information governance requirements.  

While the first session provided an overview of the policies and procedures followed by companies working in and with health systems to securely collect and use health data, the second session provided a look at the impact that risk management, or lack thereof, can have on product adoption in the healthcare industry. Understanding risk management is the first step in developing strong framework for each company.  

“As we progress through the program, we will implement a framework to ensure we are meeting privacy requirements both internally and with our partners, says Simba Nyazika, CEO & Founder at Lenica Research Group. Lenica is a collaborative team of researchers, healthcare professionals, and technology experts developing tools to improve brain function. 

“Because of this session, we will have a strong focus on user privacy with our clients and other 3rd party organizations—Implementing privacy at the very core of our platform,” Nyazika adds. 

“The healthcare industry is extremely risk-averse,” says Sheny Khera, co-Founder at CARM&A Health Inc, an Edmonton, Alberta based start-up company founded in 2020 by two primary care physicians to offer an integrated digital health solution that strives to improve quality and efficiency of primary care of older adults with complex health needs and promote healthy aging. 

“Privacy by design is essential, and we will use the course worksheets to look closely at all the risk points and map out the data flow.” 

The Digital Health Integrations Readiness Platform will take a break on July 1, returning on July 8.

Learn about the companies involved:

Lenica Research Group is a collaborative team of researchers, healthcare professionals and technology experts developing tools to better monitor, assess and improve brain function.  

Visit www.lenica.ca to learn more.  

CARM&A Health Inc. is an Edmonton, Alberta based start-up company. Founded in 2020 by two primary care physicians, the company operates in the digital health space. Co-founders have clinical expertise of over 20 years in complex care management and won Top innovation 2018 by the Canadian Frailty Network. Leveraging their clinical know-how and the application of machine learning & artificial intelligence, the company offers an integrated digital health solution that strives to improve quality and efficiency of primary care of older adults with complex health needs and promote healthy aging. CARM&A’s intelligence-driven solution simplifies complex care management for all primary care providers. 

 


Session Three

Healthcare Information Requirements – A Closer Look – July 8, 2021

After taking a break for the July 1st holiday, the Digital Health Integration Readiness Platform (Pre-HaTCH) sessions picked back up on July 8, 2021.  The break allowed participants to complete homework and join the third session ready to share the plans they created for their companies.  

In some cases, the homework led to revelations for the companies involved.  

“Our biggest takeaway is an action items list we have developed as a result of completing the homework on things we need to develop as a company to strengthen our security and develop a quality assurance program,” says Lorian Taylor, Director at LyfeMD.  “We completed the assignments together and developed action plans to directly change company activities and develop policies and procedures.” 

LyfeMD is a diet and lifestyle solution, developed by health professionals, that empowers people to better manage health conditions. The company’s application empowers users to manage their conditions through research-based resources, which requires user data.  

“Pre-HaTCH has changed the way we do business by enhancing our knowledge of different aspects of privacy by design. It has also taught me a new language I can use with potential customers to be better articulate how we incorporate privacy and cybersecurity into our app design and delivery model,” Taylor continues. “I feel like I understand only the tip of the iceberg, but now I have resources to help increase understanding.” 

“We now have a better understanding of the terminology and the application of key privacy concepts like predictability, management, and dissociation,” says Bruce Matichuk, CTO of Health Gauge, a company that combines wearable technology with artificial intelligence to make health management smarter and easier.  

The work performed by participants will help ensure each company knows how to build the framework necessary to successfully meet privacy requirements for adoption and integration. 

“Conformance to privacy guidelines is essential to getting our product adopted,” says Matichuk. “If we can implement and maintain privacy and security for our data, we can build and grow our company. These sessions give us the language and procedures we need to put in place the people and systems required for our industry. 

The final session of the Digital Health Integrations Readiness Platform June Cohort will take place on July 15, 2021. 

Learn about the companies involved:

 

 

LyfeMD is a digital health app designed by clinicians for their patients. LyfeMD provides evidence-based lifestyle therapies, backed by an academic research institute, so users can target the changes that will most effectively improve their disease.   

Visit lyfemd.ca for more

 

 

The Health Gauge vision is to provide “smarter health” through better personal health monitoring – to continuously track health data – combined with artificial intelligence & machine learning (AI/ML) – to provide health analysis, insight, and predictive analytics. The company is a leading artificial intelligence company, and one of the few who are applying it towards health solutions with personal health monitoring & management. Health Gauge is a solution that combines a simple and affordable wrist device with an advanced AI/ML software. It can measure blood pressure, ECG, digital pulse, heart rate, heart rate variability, pulse wave velocity, arterial stiffness, and activity and sleep monitoring. The solution uses artificial intelligence to discern intricate patterns in data; the more data added, the better machine-based tools can be used to help clarify health trends faster and more accurately. Health Gauge’s “smarter health” method for researching health conditions is relatively new, and has great potential to save lives, provide faster diagnosis/treatment, and to aid medical understanding of different health conditions. 

Visit healthgauge.com for more.  


Session Four

The Final Lessons – July 15, 2021

The final session of the Digital Health Integration Readiness Platform (Pre-HaTCH) took place on July 15, 2021. The participating companies gathered for a last look at their homework: healthcare information requirements and policies, and how they pertain to each company.

From participants’ perspectives, a deep dive into the policies and requirements has saved their companies significant time and potential hardship, as they are able to proactively prepare their teams.

“Entering the digital health landscape requires a lot of attention to detail in terms of policy. One seemingly minor mistake can end up having massive repercussions for your business,” says Jaime Wood, Co-founder and CEO at Take2 Health Technologies. Take2 is a mobile application that uses the camera on a user’s device with artificial intelligence and deep learning algorithms to calculate their vital signs.

“Any company that wants to operate in the digital health landscape, especially those that handle, transmit, and store sensitive patient information needs to attend these sessions. There was a lot of new information we hadn’t considered, and any company who wants to do business in this space would get a lot of value out of Pre-HaTCH; specifically, early-stage companies concepting or building MVP and those in the process of defining their infrastructure and privacy policy,” Wood continues.

Following the final session, participants attend a one-on-one session with the Pre-HaTCH mentors, where their plans can be reviewed and evaluated.

Take2 is planning on applying the lessons learned to their data handling and privacy policies, as well as the creation of their product so they don’t over- or under-build their platform.

“Pre-HaTCH educated us on the ins and outs of operating within the digital health landscape, and definitely set us up for success moving forward. We learned a lot of new things,” says Wood.

Learn more about the Digital Health Integration Readiness Program here.

Learn about the companies involved:

 

Take2 Health Tech is an Alberta-based company incorporated in July 2020. In June 2020, we began working on a product that we feel can help open up our economy safely, provide valuable health data to the AHS, and in the future help with remote patient monitoring and pandemic preparedness.

Learn more about what we do at take2.tech.