A 15,000 square foot space at UHN was renovated and designated as the Centre's new home. When the doors first opened, the Centre's mandate was to "innovate, not just for us, but for the world" and housed but twenty scientists, researchers, consultants and collaborators. The Centre started with four initiatives that primarily focused on how the Internet could be used by patients and clinicians to improve arthritis management and cancer care.
Today, the Centre has grown to accommodate over 70 innovators who focus on a broad range of subjects including healthcare safety, healthcare human factors, personal health information, health equity and innovation, medical informatics and telehealth across the continuum of care and across health industries.
In-depth investigations into healthcare technologies could not be completed at the Centre without appropriate tools and resources, primarily the usability labs. The usability labs, the only one of its kind dedicated to the realm of healthcare, allow investigators to mimic real-life healthcare scenarios in the safety of a laboratory. Technologies and innovations are tried, tested and refined here, before being introduced into real-world healthcare settings.