Report to our community 2021-22

Innovation and Research 

CAN Health Network innovation award

Bruyère was awarded CAN Health Network’s Disrupter of the Year Award in 2021. As a member of the CAN Health Network, Bruyère partnered with CANImmunize, adopting its technology to simplify the complexity of running flu vaccination clinics. Through this work, Bruyère was recognized for actively challenging the status quo through transformational tools and innovative solutions that benefit Canadians.

Epic training opportunities in digital health solutions

The Bruyère Research Institute is co-leading a new national training program that will equip trainees and early career researchers to accelerate the delivery of digital health solutions for older adults with complex health needs and their caregivers. The Early Professionals, Inspired Careers in AgeTech (EPIC-AT) Health Research Training Platform is a collaborative effort led by researchers from universities and research hospitals across Canada. This experiential learning opportunity gives participants support in developing, implementing, and evaluating technologies including telemedicine, artificial intelligence, and more to help aging Canadians age safely and independently.

Investing in long-term care placements and education

The Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) launched the Preceptor Resource and Education Program for Long-Term Care (PREP LTC) project to address staffing needs in the sector. The program provides education and financial support for homes to host clinical student placements and develops eLearning and mentoring tools for success. Ontario CLRI at Bruyère saw exceptional uptake of the All-In Palliative Care training program with over 700 registrants this year, equipping long-term care teams with the knowledge and confidence to deliver an interprofessional palliative approach to care.

National collaboration in palliative care research

The Pan-Canadian Palliative Care Research Collaborative (PCPCRC) brings research, care, and community together to transform the landscape of palliative and end-of-life care and research. The PCPCRC is focused on impacting clinical practice and health service delivery and is funded in part this year by a $2.5 million investment from Health Canada. With many of its researchers and projects housed at the Bruyère Research Institute, the network draws on interprofessional expertise at a national scale to understand and address the challenges of the field.

Introducing the latest innovations in care

This year, in partnership with OBIO Early Access Health Network (EAHN) and AGE-WELL, we brought innovation to the bedside at our Saint-Vincent Hospital with the ALTA Platform™ pilot. The ALTA, a robotic patient transfer device, enables a single team member to reposition or transfer a patient in a safe and dignified manner.

Canada’s Top 40 Research Hospital

Bruyère once again celebrated recognition as one of Canada’s Top 40 Research Hospitals. Investment in research impacts our organization and our community in many ways, and it reflects a dedication to improving the health care sector for Canadians and our own staff, patients, residents, families, and caregivers.