Imagine a world in which people, regardless of who they are or where they live, use state-of-the-art information and communications technologies (ICTs) with enthusiasm, proficiency and confidence, to achieve the highest possible levels of health and to help health systems make the most efficient use of available resources.

This was the idea that inspired a diverse group of people to join forces and attempt something different.

The brainchild of Dr. Alex Jadad, the Centre was born from the collaboration of a diverse group of researchers and scientists from the University Health Network (UHN) and the University of Toronto and established through the support of a $2.2 million dollar grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

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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.

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The fast-paced world of health technologies will continue to impact care and change the way we do things. Through it all, the Centre will remain true to its original mandate and continue to question and critique technological innovations, not just for us, but for the world.