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Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist

Who We Are

The Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist (OCHIS) is a catalyst to help accelerate health technology commercialization efforts in Ontario. OCHIS works on behalf of health technology innovators to remove barriers and improve access to Ontario's health care system. Our goal is to grow businesses and build a health innovation ecosystem in Ontario.

Canada 2020 Speech, December 1, 2016
Ontario's Chief Health Innovation Strategist spoke at Canada 2020's Health Innovation Conference about viewing health care as 'an opportunity, not a cost,' on Dec. 1, 2016.

Empire Club Speech, May 4, 2016, Toronto
The Chief Health Innovation Strategist for Ontario, William Charnetski, speaks to the mandate of his office, the Health Technologies Fund and Innovation Broker positions.


To drive collaboration across the health care system to accelerate the adoption and diffusion of new innovative health technologies and processes to:

  • Improve patient outcomes (in accordance with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care)
  • Optimize impact of investment in health innovation
  • Scale health innovation companies

Health Innovation Priorities

OCHIS focuses on targeted priorities:

  • Optimize pathways to adoption and diffusion for innovative Ontario health technologies
  • Enable effective procurement of innovation by shifting the health care system to strategic, value-based procurement and removing barriers for small and medium-sized enterprises to participate.
  • Provide better care closer to home by supporting home and community care enabled by virtual, mobile and digital health technologies
  • Empower Ontarians through digital health by building a dynamic market of ehealth tools and supports to navigate and personalize their path to health and wellness
  • Enhance Indigenous peoples health by advancing opportunities for innovation to address health challenges in their communities.

To be world-leading, Ontario's health technology companies need to generate significant export activity. OCHIS supports efforts to champion them in global markets.

OCHIS works closely with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Ministry of Research and Innovation and the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services to ensure all areas of government are working together to fulfill this important mandate.

Value-Based Innovation Framework

OCHIS is supporting and driving the shift to value-based care – a key enabler to health innovation adoption and diffusion. This shift has allowed our office to take a new approach through our value-based innovation framework. This framework encompasses all OCHIS activities and services delivering on our purpose statement objectives of improving patient outcomes, optimizing impact of investment in health innovation and scaling health innovation companies. Under this framework we will deliver programs and services with the goal of:

  • Empowering demand-drivers to innovation increasing the receptor capacity of health service providers and the system to adopt and diffuse new health technologies and processes.
  • Generating evidence and facilitating evaluation accelerating the development and validation of health innovation in Ontario.
  • Empowering innovators to use Ontario as a reference customer and support growth and scale of their businesses.

The value-based innovation framework is a new way of doing business in Ontario's health system. 

Ontario Health Innovation Council

OCHIS was created to fulfill the recommendations made by Ontario Health Innovation Council (OHIC) established by the Ontario government in 2013.

The council included experts from the health care, research, academic, business and not-for-profit sectors. Their mandate was to provide recommendations on how Ontario could accelerate the adoption of new technologies in the health care system and support the growth and competitiveness of Ontario's health technology sector.

The council submitted its report, The Catalyst, in December 2014. The government accepted all of the council's recommendations, which included establishing OCHIS in September 2015.

For More Information

416-314-3209 | ochis@ontario.ca

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