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Innovation and commercialization in public health care systems: a review of challenges and opportunities in Canada

Authors Sebastianski M, Juzwishin D, Wolfaardt U, Faulkner G, Osiowy K, Fenwick P, Ruptash T

Received 1 April 2015

Accepted for publication 16 June 2015

Published 11 September 2015 Volume 2015:2 Pages 69—80

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/IEH.S60790

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Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Professor Rubin Pillay


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Meghan Sebastianski,1 Donald Juzwishin,1 Ulrich Wolfaardt,2 Gary Faulkner,3 Kevin Osiowy,2 Peter Fenwick,2 Tracy Ruptash1

1Health Technology Assessment and Innovation, 2Major Initiatives, Alberta Health Services, 3Research and Technology Development, Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Abstract: Innovation has become the new panacea for addressing a plethora of health care delivery issues. In this review, we examine the relationship between health technology assessment and technology commercialization in the Canadian health care system to identify opportunities to improve access and quality of health care delivery. A selected literature review identifies the causes and contributing factors to the innovation and sustainability challenges facing our publicly funded health care system. Three case examples from Alberta in Canada provide insight into the barriers and opportunities encountered at different stages of technology diffusion and commercialization, illustrating that innovation and sustainable public health care can be complementary, not incompatible. This review provides guidance to future health care policy and decision makers on advancing thinking and practice about innovation, assessment, and value.

Keywords: innovation, commercialization, Canada, public health care

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