Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) and IBM Canada have continued to build on the IBM/HHS innovation collaborative announced in March 2016 and, on June 26, officially launched a new health innovation accelerator in downtown Hamilton, which will serve as a platform for local entrepreneurs, researchers and healthcare professionals to collaborate on projects that will help improve the delivery of healthcare across the region, the country and the global market.
The HHS/IBM Innovation Exchange initiative, within the IBM Innovation Space in Hamilton, gives participants access to an array of IBM Watson cognitive and analytics software, expertise in cloud computing and high-performance computing infrastructure, and a network of global collaborators. Hamilton Health Sciences, with its cadre of more than 1,500 research staff and 15,000 healthcare employees across six facilities, provides practical industry expertise and a “real-world” test environment.
“We’re applying our respective expertise in health and technology to find innovative solutions to today’s most pressing healthcare challenges,” said Rob MacIsaac, president & CEO of HHS. “This centre will serve as a launch pad for work that will change how we provide health care in Ontario, and beyond.”
The initiative is based out of a dedicated 7,000 sq. ft., open-concept space at 1 King St. W. in the centre of Hamilton’s downtown, specifically designed to enable innovators and experts from IBM and HHS to interact, ideate and collaborate.
The new hub is the latest IBM Innovation Space in Canada, following locations in Toronto, Calgary and Markham, to help stimulate Canadian innovation and cultivate research and development projects out into the global marketplace through collaborations with leaders in government, industries, and academia. The Hamilton model is unique in that it focuses specifically on healthcare innovation, with HHS as a key partner.
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