Healthcare Innovation: The Case for a National Strategy

The time for complacency is over. Here’s how to develop coherence, coordination, and a direction for innovative gains
Free Webinar
60 minutes
Wednesday June 20, 2018 1:00 PM EDT

According to the recently published A Canadian Healthcare Innovation Agenda, we need more “Canada” in our healthcare system to reverse the country’s underachieving performance relative to other developed nations. To connect our “islands of innovation,” Canadians require an overall strategic approach for innovation to align our federal and 13 systems, guide investment decisions, and maximize the benefits for all, including marginalized populations.

In this webinar, Smith School of Business professor Scott Carson is joined by Neil Fraser, president of Medtronic Canada, to discuss why a national healthcare innovation strategy is necessary and how it can be developed. Key steps include a values-based approach, a relentless effort to break down barriers, and collaborative partnerships between government and business.

The webinar will draw from A Canadian Healthcare Innovation Agenda, co-edited by Carson with contributions from Fraser and others.

This session will explore the following issues:

  • What does healthcare innovation really mean? What are its enablers and barriers?
  • What might a national innovation strategy look like?
  • What governance structures and new agencies should be part of the agenda?
  • How can industry partner with the healthcare sector to deliver successful patient outcomes?
Professor of Strategy, Smith School of Business

Dr. A. Scott Carson is a Professor of Strategy & Organization at Smith School of Business. From 2015 to 2016, he was the Stauffer-Dunning Chair of Policy Studies and Executive Director of the Queen's School of Policy Studies. Prior to then, he was Director of The Monieson Centre for Business Research in Healthcare at Smith School of Business, and before that, Director of the Queen’s MBA program. Carson has also been dean of both the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University and the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University. As well, he is a past Chair of the Canadian Federation of Business School Deans.

Professor Carson is a graduate of Mount Allison and Dalhousie Universities, and received his PhD from University of London (UK). He teaches graduate and executive courses at Smith School of Business in strategy, consulting and not-for-profit governance. His scholarly research appears in such journals as Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Ethics Education, Business and Society Review and Business & Professional Ethics Journal. He is the editor of two books published by McGill-Queen's Press: Toward a Healthcare Strategy for Canadians (with J. Dixon and K. R, Nossal; 2015) and Managing a Canadian Healthcare Strategy (with K. R. Nossal; 2016).

Dr. Carson’s career has combined academe with both business and government service. While on leave from Wilfrid Laurier, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Government’s Privatization Secretariat. In business, Carson was Vice-President and Head of Corporate Finance for CIBC in Toronto.

Dr. Carson has been Chair of the Board of Kingston General Hospital, Chair of the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, and Vice-chair of the Halifax International Airport Authority. As well, he was a director of The Economical Insurance Group, Comerica Bank Canada, Canadian Bond Rating Service, Waterloo North Hydro and other private and public sector organizations.

President, Medtronic Canada

Neil Fraser in president of Medtronic Canada. He is chair of MEDEC and a board member of Baycrest Health Sciences, and member of the Federal Health and Biosciences Economic Strategy Table (ISED/Health). In 2014, he was a member of the federal Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation and the Ontario Health Innovation Council. Neil is a frequent speaker on the topics of value-based procurement and outcomes-based healthcare.

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