Solutions Program

Virtual Care Focus

Virtual care (i.e. remote medicine, digital care, tele-health) has the potential to connect patients to the care they need, when and where they need it.

Solutions Program Pathway

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Focus Area Stages

Planning stage

Current stage

Future stages

Final Stage

Important Dates: Virtual Care Focus

Results from the Solutions Virtual Care Focus Area were announced March 16, 2021. 

Upcoming opportunities for this focus area will be announced at a later date. 

2020-21 Solutions Program Opportunities

Mobilizing the research community and its partners to focus and coordinate their diverse skills and perspectives to address timely Saskatchewan health challenges.

Innovation Grant

Amount: $50,000
Term: 1-year
Objective: Support transdisciplinary teams including knowledge-users to catalyze innovative new ideas and approaches, promoting creative problem solving to address one of the focus areas named in this year’s competition.

Impact Grant

Amount: $150,000
Term: 2-years
Objective: Support transdisciplinary teams including knowledge-users to advance the translation of research into real world settings and practical applications to address one of the focus areas named in this year’s competition.

In 2020-21, four Impact and 10 Innovation Grants were awarded for an investment in over $1M in virtual care projects. 

Focus Area + Partners

Virtual care (i.e. remote medicine, digital care, tele-health) has the potential to connect patients to the care they need, when and where they need it. It may also serve to enhance coordination and quality of care. The ethical, innovative, and effective use of virtual care has many potential impacts such as: improving patient/client’s experiences and outcomes; ensuring safe and equitable access to high-quality care; enhancing efficiency and appropriateness of care and reducing costs; enhancing team based care; and improving communication and coordination between care providers and sectors - from public health promotion, to community care, acute care, and long-term care.  


To achieve these impacts, we are asked the research community and their partners to come together to understand and address questions, tackle challenges and develop evidence related to: 1) evidence-informed practice in delivering virtual care; 2) developing, validating and implementing tools and applications, including artificial intelligence, to enable virtual care; 3) issues of governance, policies and workflow; and privacy and confidentiality; 4) continuing provider education and patient empowerment;  5) individual and systemic barriers to uptake by patients and providers, as well as the implementation in the larger system.

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In 2020-21, SHRF was proud to fund two successful project with the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan to focus on dementia-related projects. Learn more about these projects here

 

Interested in partnering with SHRF on the Solutions: Addictions focus area or another focus area? Contact us today or learn more about our partnerships. 

2020-21 Solutions Program

Virtual Care Funding Recipients

Innovation Grant Recipients


Lindsey Boechler

School of Health Sciences, Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Amount: $50,000

Project: Assessing the mental health support needs for Indigenous adolescents residing in northern Saskatchewan: A community based participatory action research study exploring the potential use of virtual reality technology to promote mental health and wellbeing

Co-Principal Investigator: Terry Peckham, Mya Ruelling


Jonathan Gamble

College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

Amount: $49,739

Project: Using Implementation Science to Develop, Pilot, and Evaluate a Multidisciplinary Preoperative Assessment in Saskatchewan

Co-Principal Investigator: Jennifer O'Brien


Gary Groot

College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan    

Amount: $48,714

Project: Engaging Caregivers of Persons with Dementia in the Virtual Delivery of and Access to Health Information and Services

Co-Principal Investigator: Carrie Bourassa

Funded in Partnership with Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan 


Ramona Kyabaggu

Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina    

Amount: $50,000

Project: Engineering and Evaluating a Patient-oriented Home Care Ordering Tool to Enhance Aging in Place During the COVID Era

Co-Principal Investigator: Cheryl Camillo, Tim Maciag


Laureen McIntyre

College of Education, University of Saskatchewan

Amount: $44,173

Project: Budget Cuts, the Northern-Rural-Urban Divide, and the Pandemic Response: Exploring Speech-Language Pathologists’ and Audiologists’ Perceptions and Experiences of in Person and Telepractice Therapeutic Health and Education Services in Saskatchewan


Megan O’Connell

College of Arts and Science, University of Saskatchewan    

Amount: $50,000

Project: Culturally Safe Caregiver Support Groups for Caregivers of Indigenous Peoples Living with Dementia

Co-Principal Investigator: Gail Boehme

Funded in Partnership with Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan 


Tracie Risling    

College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan    

Amount: $43,382

Project: Using Virtual Reality to Address Persistent Chronic Kidney Care Challenges in Saskatchewan

Co-Principal Investigator: Don Leidl 


Noelle Rohatinsky

College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan    

Amount: $47,452

Project: Exploring the use of virtual care in Saskatchewan in individuals with inflammatory bowel disease and gastroenterologist care providers

Co-Principal Investigator: Juan-Nicolas Pena-Sanchez


Corey Tomczak

College of Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan    

Amount: $50,000

Project: Targeting Vascular Health with Handgrip Exercise for Adolescents and Emerging Adults with Congenital Heart Disease: A Novel Rehabilitation Intervention to Enable Effective Virtual Care

Co-Principal Investigator: T. Dylan Olver


Sabira Valianni    

College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan    

Amount: $45,771

Project: Connect-ICU: Using technology to facilitate patient and family-centered care, enhance communication, and build relationships between patients, their loved ones, and the healthcare team in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

Co-Principal Investigator: Carrie Bourassa, Jennifer O'Brien, Salima Suleman

Impact Grant Recipients

 

Tarun Reddy Katapally

Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina

Amount: $150,000

Project: CO-Away: Implementation and Evaluation of a Virtual Care Platform for Indigenous Health Decision-Making and Data Sovereignty

Co-Principal Investigator: Kelly Skinner

 

Bridget Klest

Faculty of Arts, University of Regina

Amount: $133,150

Project: Help for People Who Have Been Hurt by Healthcare: Creating and Evaluating an Online Resource

 

Stacey Lovo

College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

Amount: $149,987

Project: Empowering Northern Indigenous Communities to Ensure Equitable, Appropriate and Community-based Access to Chronic Musculoskeletal Care using Virtual Technology

Co-Principal Investigator: Brenna Bath, Scotty Butcher, Jaris Swidrovich

 

Eric Sy

College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

Amount: $150,000

Project: Evaluation of the effect of a virtual intensive care unit follow-up clinic on patient outcomes among ICU survivors that have been discharged home (Vi-DISH)

Co-Principal Investigator: Vincent Lau, Stephen Lee, Jonathan Mailman

Program Contacts

Cara Spence, Ph.D.

Acting Director of Programs and Partnerships

cspence@shrf.ca

Chelsea Cunningham, Ph.D.

Programs and Peer Review Manager

ccunningham@shrf.ca

General Inquiries

fundinginfo@shrf.ca