Discover and Adopt (D+A) Program: Call for Innovations 2022

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The Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) is seeking solutions on behalf of six Ontario-based healthcare organizations enrolled in the Discover and Adopt (D+A) program.

If you are an innovator with a solution that can address one or more of the organizations’ needs listed below, apply today. Review the full D+A Program Package [PDF] to learn more about each challenge set.

Apply to D+A by Dec 9


A virtual platform that healthcare professionals can use to easily manage patients and to support appropriate medication use by older adults receiving virtual geriatric care.

Problem Statement: This Ontario-based healthcare organization is seeking a virtual platform for healthcare professionals to easily manage patients and perform medication optimization (i.e., increase adherence and reduce errors) to improve the frequency and quality of care for at-risk older adults.

Desired Outcomes:

  • Increase staff satisfaction by 10-15% in delivering virtual care for this population.
  • Expedite medication optimization (increase medication adherence and reduce errors) for patients while they are waiting to see a geriatrician.
  • Increase patient satisfaction by 10-15% in receiving geriatric services faster and in the convenience of their own home, reducing patient and caregiver burden for transportation.

An automated system that enables the monitoring and replenishment of medical supplies on nursing units.

Problem Statement: This Ontario-based healthcare organization is seeking a supply room replenishment system that allows for real-time data on the medical supplies on the nursing units, that requires minimal
intervention by clinical staff, and limits the movement and intervention of support staff responsible for this task.

Desired Outcomes:

  • Increase productivity of nurses and supply management team.
  • Reduce stock out events and time clinical staff spend on requesting supplies.
  • Eliminate supply management hours spent in the replenishment process.
  • Reduce inventory level and optimize mix of product on the nursing unit

A solution that increases the social participation and engagement of residents in senior care organizations.

Problem Statement: This Ontario-based healthcare organization is seeking a solution to improve the social experience of long-term care residents, with for declining cognitive abilities and/or differing communication abilities, through engagement and activation strategies that are tailored to their individual needs and interests.

Desired Outcomes:

  • Increase social participation and engagement of residents by 20% from baseline.
  • Improve quality of life of residents (increase QoL survey score related to meaningful activities by 10%).
  • Improve family satisfaction with engagement of residents through proposed solution (more than 60% of families agree that the solution is beneficial to their loved one; 10% increase on QoL survey score related to meaningful activities).

A remote care monitoring solution that improves safety and reduces adverse events for those living in the community with responsive behaviours.

Problem Statement: This Ontario-based healthcare organization is seeking a Remote Care Monitoring (RCM) solution that will support people living in the community with responsive behaviours to stay safe and reduce adverse events (e.g. wandering, missed medications, falls) leading to poorer health outcomes and higher care utilization.

Desired Outcomes:

  • Reduce adverse events reported over time by 20% (e.g. trends/trajectories of incidents of wandering, falls, and medication adherence).
  • Increase ability of clients/family to manage chronic medical conditions.
  • Increase ability of clients/family to access healthcare system.
  • Increase number of referrals to RCM program.
  • Decrease number of police interactions for wandering.
  • Decrease number of 911 calls, unnecessary emergency room visits and hospitalizations related to adverse events.
  • Enable clients to live in the community longer.

A solution that enhances risk assessment and monitoring of older patients so they can be safely discharged following an emergency department visit.

Problem Statement: This Ontario-based healthcare organization is seeking a solution to support older patients return to home safely following an emergency department visit, and in turn reducing unnecessary overnight admissions and return visits to the emergency department within 72 hours.

Desired Outcomes:

  • Increase patient satisfaction with the availability, accessibility, and use of the solution during care discussions.
  • Staff satisfaction as related to accessibility of the solution and integration into clinical workflow, including: (a) maintenance of the solution and (b) potential downtime.
  • Reduce unnecessary overnight admission to the ward of older patients.
  • Reduce the number of return visits by older patients to the emergency department within 72 hours.
  • Reduce the average length of stay in the Emergency Department for older patients who can be discharged safely to the community.

A solution to reduce the workload related to meal service in the dining room in senior care organizations.

Problem Statement: This Ontario-based healthcare organization is seeking a solution to reduce the workload related to meal service in the dining room in senior care organizations.

Desired Outcomes:

  • Reduce walking distance and/or steps taken by dietary team members by at least 60% during a single meal.
  • Reduce the amount of time dietary team members spend carrying trays of plates by at least 60%.
  • Reduce the amount of time required to serve a seating in the dining room.
  • Reduce the amount of time required to clear the dining room per seating.
  • Increase resident mealtime satisfaction in at least 80% of residents.
  • Increase team member mealtime satisfaction in at least 80% of team members.

Contact Us

Questions about the program? Contact Jenna Pirmohamed, Knowledge Broker, at jpirmohamed@cabhi.com.

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