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MINISTER PETER MACKAY ANNOUNCES INVESTMENT IN CAPE BRETON HEALTH SECTOR COMPANY

NEW WATERFORD (NS) – March 26, 2012 – The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, announced today an investment from the Government of Canada for Health Outcomes Worldwide (HOW), an innovative start-up company that has developed technology to measure and improve health care outcomes.

“Our Government’s top priority is job creation and economic growth,” said Minister Peter MacKay, on behalf of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and La Francophonie. Innovation is key to economic development and this investment will help this innovative company grow, creating jobs and economic growth in Cape Breton.”

Over the past several years, HOW has developed and refined a Web-based wound care management system that allows users to track, monitor, and report on care and cost outcomes for wound management. Currently used by a number of health care providers, the how2trak® system builds on input from practitioners and provides immediate feedback to administrators on best practices, costs, preferred treatments and other related information. 

HOW will undertake further refinements to this product, including the development of a hand-held application for use with smart phone devices.  A similar application, focused on the care and treatment of diabetics, surgical site infection surveillance and chronic diseases will also be developed. Education and training modules will be generated to ensure optimal performance by end users and an overall marketing campaign will be undertaken.

The total cost of HOW’s expansion plans exceeds $1.3 million and ECBC is providing a provisionally repayable contribution of $500,000. 

“Innovative ways of marrying technology and clinical know-how will continue to play an important role in the effective delivery of health care,” said HOW CEO Corrine McIsaac. “Our company’s goal is to help health care organizations provide the best possible care to their patients in a cost-efficient manner.”

Corrine McIsaac, an Associate Professor at Cape Breton University, credits her research in wound and skin care for the idea behind HOW’s how2trak®. This Web-based tool assists health care providers improve individual patient care and increase institutional profitability. The company provides direction to health care organizations to improve patient, clinical and economic outcomes and assists in developing strategies for home care, acute care and long term care facilities through continuous quality improvement. 

Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation offers programs in support of economic development initiatives and is responsible for delivering ACOA’s programs on Cape Breton Island and in the Mulgrave area. 

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INFORMATION:

Corrine McIsaac
CEO  
902 862 8704 

D. A. Landry
ECBC Communications
902 564 3617

 

 
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