W21C Digital Health Collaboratorium

W21C Digital Health Collaboratorium – A Health Innovation Platform Partnership

About the Project

W21C is creating a Digital Health Collaboratorium, a full-service delivery platform designed to further enhance support for digital health innovators on their pathway to commercialization. This new platform funded through the Alberta Innovates Health Innovation Platform Partnerships (HIPP) program is supporting initiatives across the province focused on building digital health-related products and services, including the collaboratorium and three others at the University of Calgary.

Since its creation in 2004, W21C has provided research and validation services designed to improve the efficiency and safety of health care systems. By working with health innovators — academics, start-up companies, industry, and public sector partners — W21C has recognized the challenges they have in getting their innovations to market.

The Digital Health Collaboratorium will create a cohesive ecosystem for digital health innovators to increase the success of scaling and spreading digital health innovations within Canada.

Investigator: Dr. Chad Saunders, PhD


Analysis is ongoing, but research results for this project hope to:

  • Enable the success of digital health innovators by providing services and utilizing our extensive network to help them scale.
  • Grow the digital health sector in the province to aid Alberta’s economy in becoming more globally competitive, diversified, and sustainable.
  • Connect health system stakeholders, end users, and innovators to address and prioritize health system needs.


For more information on this project, please contact Shane Virani.

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