December 19, 2018 – Miramichi, NB
Innovation is a key driver of productivity, competitiveness and regional economic growth, and is critical to creating opportunities for business growth and well paid jobs for the middle-class and those working to join it. That is why the federal government is supporting Unum Health Inc. as it works to develop an innovative digital tool to help increase efficiency and improve service in the home care sector.
Pat Finnigan, Member of Parliament for Miramichi-Grand Lake, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), was joined by Lisa Williams, Owner of UniCare Home Care Services and Unum Health Inc., to make the announcement today.
Unum Health Inc. is poised to develop a new software application that will digitize and streamline home care services by allowing caregivers to have a hand held, easy to use tool for checking off and recording daily activity from their phone or tablet. The application will also provide extended health care teams with timely access to care plans, and serve as a master database for digitized records of caregiver activities. The Government of Canada is providing a repayable contribution of $316,800 through ACOA’s Business Development Program towards the development of this product.
This investment builds on the Government of Canada’s commitment to drive economic growth in Atlantic Canada through the Atlantic Growth Strategy, by providing strategic investments that help fuel innovation and contribute to a more vibrant, entrepreneurial, and globally competitive region where all Atlantic Canadians can thrive and prosper.
“The Government of Canada is deeply committed to helping Atlantic Canadian businesses innovate so that they can continue to create good quality jobs and generate wealth within communities. Through ACOA, we are making strategic investments in forward-thinking companies like Unum Health Inc. to help them build on their strengths, capitalize on their expertise, and fuel their local economies.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA.
“Unum Health Inc. is poised to develop technology that will be of tremendous benefit to the home care industry. Our government’s support will help this company develop software that will make a tremendous difference in the lives of caregivers and their patients. Unum Health’s vision is an example of what is possible when innovative thinking meets expertise and determination. It’s very exciting to see this kind of entrepreneurship and innovation happening in Miramichi. Our whole region stands to benefit from this success.”
– Pat Finnigan, Member of Parliament for Miramichi-Grand Lake
“Unum Health Inc. will engage care providers and patients with an easy-to-use tool that can be used in day-to-day life for tracking, getting support, and sharing best practices. It will also allow access to information for all members of extended health care teams. This real-time window into the home will provide support for everyone involved, and have a positive impact on wellness and safety for patients and caregivers.”
– Lisa Williams, Owner, Unum Health
Senior Communications Officer
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Owner – Unum Health Inc.