Forest Devices announced that it entered into a partnership with Alberta Health Services (AHS) to improve healthcare delivery for stroke patients.
Pittsburgh-based Forest Devices and Calgary, Alberta-based AHS aim to evaluate, implement and scale technologies that can improve patient outcomes and health system economics in Alberta throughout the five-year collaboration, according to a news release.
Forest Devices develops the AlphaStroke stroke diagnostic platform to support prehospital health care providers in identifying strokes in the field so they can make the best triage decisions for patients. The company won the 2019 MedTech Innovator global competition in September and was included in Medical Design & Outsourcing’s list of 20 medtech startups you need to know.
Through the Prehospital Stroke Diagnostics Project, created by AHS in 2019, a team assessed 14 technologies and ultimately determined that AlphaStroke was the most viable solution and that Forest Devices’ vision aligned most closely with AHS’ objectives.
“I want to commend Forest Devices, Inc. for choosing Alberta,” Alberta Minister of Economic Development, Trade & Tourism Tanya Fir said in a news release. “Our province has a dynamic healthcare innovation ecosystem – and being recognized for our talent and expertise is a huge win that will spur future developments across multiple sectors of the economy. This supports our government’s strategic focus to strengthen economic development through innovation, and I look forward to what’s in store for the future.”
“The partnership between AHS and FDI has created an exciting opportunity to expand and accelerate the development and deployment of our innovative stroke diagnostic technology,” Forest Devices CEO & co-founder Matt Kesigner added. “AHS has been a global leader in stroke care innovation for decades, and this collaboration represents an unparalleled opportunity to improve outcomes for patients, their families, and health systems across the world.”