Active Research

Bridging In-Home Health Care Gaps in Rural Communities in Canada

University of Toronto

In Northern Ontario, accessing in-home healthcare services poses significant challenges for residents, particularly in remote and aging populations where half of Canadians experience delays of up to a few days and 1 in 10 wait about a month. In rural, geographically isolated areas with aging and at-risk populations, wait times of even 48 hours can increase hospital readmissions or prevent hospital discharge altogether – thus straining the capacity of healthcare facilities.

Reach researchers, Gotcare, and Quinte Health aim to revolutionize in-home healthcare through AI-driven innovation in response to this healthcare gap. This case study focuses on how AI-driven enhancements to patient matching service and delivery of in-home healthcare and virtual support, improve the quality of healthcare of patients in rural communities.