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CAHO Congratulates the Chief Health Innovation Strategist

TORONTO, September 10, 2015 – The Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) congratulates William Charnetski on his new leadership role as Ontario’s Chief Health Innovation Strategist. This appointment underscores the Government of Ontario’s commitment to collaboration and innovation across the health sector. CAHO shares this commitment and stands ready to partner with Mr. Charnetski.

“Strengthening cross-sectoral partnerships and supporting innovators leads to a healthier, wealthier, smarter Ontario,” said Executive Director of CAHO, Karen Michell. “The Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist (OCHIS) highlights the opportunity we now have to amplify Ontario’s existing innovation assets and adoption pathways, including the Adopting Research to Improve Care Program (ARTIC).”

A joint program between CAHO and Health Quality Ontario (HQO), ARTIC is a provincial resource and a key component of Ontario’s research evidence implementation pathway. The December 2014 Report issued by the Ontario Health Innovation Council (OHIC) referenced ARTIC as a model for consideration to enable and accelerate the adoption of health technology innovation at scale across the entire health care system. CAHO looks forward to working with the OCHIS to make the most of the assets we have in the Ontario health innovation system, from research discoveries to adoption into clinical care.

CAHO’s 24 research hospitals form the R&D arm of Ontario’s health care system and our members invest $1.4 billion annually in health research in the province. Our hospitals are also home to 16,400 researchers and research staff from Canada and around the world. This investment generates a total of $3.4 billion in economic output and supports 41,000 direct and indirect jobs across the province.

About CAHO

The Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) represents Ontario’s 24 research hospitals that play a unique and vital role in the province’s health care system. They provide Ontario residents with timely access to advanced patient care services, train the next generation of health care professionals and conduct cutting-edge research. CAHO hospitals are leaders in the system, and collectively we make Ontario healthier, wealthier and smarter. For more information, visit


For more information contact:

Elise Bradt
Communications Specialist
t. 416-205-1469   @CAHOhospitals