Tackling heart failure with a dose of technology: Groundbreakers S2 Ep.3 

Researchers at the University of Toronto and its partner hospitals are on a mission to bring equitable health care to Canadians – and it’s all powered by technology.

In Ep. 3 of the Groundbreakers video series, host Ainka Jess explores how researchers with Transform HF, an institutional strategic initiative formed through a partnership between U of T and the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research, are helping to save lives by getting critical heart failure tools in the hands of patients across the country, including Indigenous communities in the North.

“We know there are incredible inequities in care and there are many drivers of those inequities – things related to the digital divide, access to technology, access to broadband, digital health literacy and skin tone, which can impact the function of various wearables,” says Transform HF Co-Director Heather Ross, who is scientific lead at the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research, the head of cardiology at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, University Health Network, and a professor of medicine in U of T’s Temerty Faculty of Medicine.

“We have to elevate the care for everybody. It should not matter where you live in Canada. Everybody should have the right to access high quality care.”

In the episode, Ross is joined by Transform HF researchers Amika Shah, a PhD candidate in health services research, and Daniel Franklin, an assistant professor in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering.

Groundbreakers is a multimedia series that includes articles at U of T News and features research leaders involved with U of T’s Institutional Strategic Initiatives, whose work will transform lives.

Watch S2 Ep.3 of Groundbreakers