Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 22(3) October 2019 : 35-39.doi:10.12927/hcq.2019.26019
Special Focus on Innovation Procurement in Health Services

Case Study: Innovation Procurement for a Patient and Caregiver Support Solution in the Home

Anne W. Snowdon, Renata Axler, Melissa St. Pierre, Carol Kolga and Ryan DeForge


This case describes an innovation partnership procurement strategy by a community care health organization to procure a digital solution able to support both caregivers and older adults receiving homecare services. Vendor submissions proposed both existing technologies and new solutions that were challenging to evaluate. An existing technology was procured and first pilot tested in a laboratory setting prior to a field trial with seniors and their caregivers in the home. Recruitment of seniors to participate was unsuccessful. The importance of early engagement of seniors and greater clarity in partnership expectations were key learning outcomes of this case.



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