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The health industry is rapidly evolving. Participants are facing a wide range of challenges — changing patient populations, mounting healthcare costs, and new disruptive technologies and industry participants — not to mention the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hospitals, healthcare professionals and long-term care homes. And all these issues are adding layers of complexity and competition to an already intricate ecosystem.

Within Canada, a paradigm shift in healthcare is on the horizon, and industry players need to prepare to meet the increasing demands of an aging and expanding population in an already overburdened publicly funded healthcare system. Organizations are turning to new models of care and technologies to support and facilitate healthcare delivery, amid a deficit of funds and a national struggle to contain costs.

New methods of service delivery, including a movement towards a greater reliance on private healthcare participants outside of the government-funded system, will be necessary for industry players to face increasingly complex (and costly) healthcare issues.

These changes are bringing a wide range of considerations and legal implications for health industry participants along with new challenges relating to the digitization of healthcare, new provincial models for funding delivery, and more.

In order to help you navigate today’s evolving health ecosystem, we deliver highly strategic and innovative advice to support all facets of industry’s complex and specialized needs.

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How we can help

Our Health Industry team has a deep understanding of Canada’s legislative and regulatory environment, the new technologies that are driving change in the health industry, and the unique litigation challenges your industry faces  and can help your organization remain competitive and compliant in today’s highly regulated legislative landscape.

Leveraging the collective experience and expertise of practice groups from across our firm, we take a “one-firm” approach to legal service delivery to provide you insights into new business and operational opportunities and challenges as well as visibility into issues (you may not be aware of) that can affect the viability of your organization, today and down the road.

Osler is the only firm in Canada to offer a specialized corporate health practice in addition to specialized health industry regulatory and litigation expertise.

On the forefront of health tech

With the insight of our Emerging and High Growth Companies, Technology, and Privacy Practice Groups, we can help you mitigate risks and capitalize on opportunities that come with adopting transformative technologies and the digitization of healthcare. We are often sought out to provide guidance on novel issues emerging in the sector. Clients turn to us for strategic advice regarding the various drivers disrupting healthcare, such as digital transformation, data management, smart technologies, AI, and innovative governance and structuring frameworks that permit new ways of delivering care.

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