Connected care: lessons learned from MedTech Demo Day 2022

Alongside our partners at Calian® Group, L-SPARK celebrated the FIRST cohort of our Calian L-SPARK MedTech Accelerator on June 15.

Just a few months ago, the Calian L-SPARK MedTech Accelerator was created to help Canadian digital health startups grow their businesses and bring innovative solutions to healthcare organizations across the country.

In celebration of the successful conclusion of our inaugural cohort, the Calian L-SPARK MedTech Accelerator Demo Day showcased the following four companies and their solutions leveraging the Calian® Corolar™ platform.

Virtual Hallway

Virtual Hallway helps primary care providers save valuable time and effort by facilitating rapid specialist phone consultations. Founded by physicians who understand the value of timely specialist input for patient care, Virtual Hallway offers a streamlined process by which both primary care providers and specialists can connect and be reimbursed for consultations.

Lime Health

Lime is focused on being the leader in the digital revolution of patient empowerment through engagement and collaboration. By integrating with EHR systems, their software allows medical teams and healthcare organizations to automate the process of measuring the patient experience. Lime’s innovation helps drive continuous improvement and simplify mandatory certification processes.


Alio Health, a Calian company, specializes in the design and implementation of comprehensive patient support programs (PSPs) for complex therapies and chronic disease. The company’s transformative digital health platform automates workflow and workforce management to connect everyone in the care pathway—fostering collaboration and speeding the delivery of high-quality healthcare.

Coalese Health

Successful healthcare that prevents or delays progression of chronic disease requires patient engagement. Patients need to be conscious of their own health and have a plan for management of chronic diseases, with understanding of the implications and goals. Coalese Health’s automated software engages patients and their physicians in chronic disease best practices with a comprehensive care plan.

While the event was an opportunity to showcase incredible technology, it also featured a vibrant panel of experts in Canada’s digital health community.

The panel explored the rising expectations for convenience and choice in healthcare and the role that digital tools can play in creating a more connected and protected experience for providers and patients.

“In terms of technology, when we think of connected care, 10 years ago it was just telemedicine but now it’s really about breaking down the silos so that clinicians can actually provide better care to patients.” –Ken McVey, Director of IT, Hôpital Montfort

“Care has always been delivered in hospitals, but it’s evolving to build a better, integrated healthcare system that helps manage the transition of care into the community and home where it has the lowest cost.” –Peter Jones, Healthcare Industry Lead, Microsoft Canada.

“While we bring more data and solutions into the healthcare system, we have to be cognizant of optimizing workflows to create efficiencies. For example, we have a very large aging population, so we’re going to have to break the mould of healthcare towards a remote monitoring model in order to maintain a high level of care and better patient outcomes.” –Tazmin Leipsig, Director of Digital Solutions, Calian.

Through technical and business mentorship, as well as exclusive access to the Calian® Corolar platform, we saw the four participating companies experiment, learn and grow. Their solutions enrich the ecosystem to help deliver the future of connected healthcare. Congrats to all!

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