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Transforming the healthcare system through innovation

1st anniversary of CEGISOV

May 9, 2024

One year ago, HEC Montréal, the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) and the Conseil de l’innovation du Québec joined forces to create the Centre d’expertise en gestion de l’innovation en santé sur la valeur (CEGISOV) [Centre of expertise in value-based healthcare innovation management], with financial support from the Bureau de l’innovation in Quebec’s Department of Health and Social Services.

Its objectives were to develop and share knowledge, skills, collaborative leadership abilities, and best practices related to value-centered innovation management, in synergy with all the stakeholders in the healthcare ecosystem to enhance system viability and promote sustainable health for populations. This unique Centre of expertise goes beyond technological innovations that are already ubiquitous in the healthcare network, to further explore managerial innovation and how these innovations can create value for patients.

The ultimate goal of CEGISOV is to transform the healthcare and social services delivery paradigm in Quebec.


3 pillars, 4 strategic projects

CEGISOV intends to meet these objectives on the basis of 3 pillars:

  • Collaborative action research
  • Knowledge transfer and provision of training to stakeholders in the healthcare and social services network
  • Living laboratories for testing concepts, practices, and strategies
Membres du CEGISOV
From left to right: Luc Sirois, Québec's Chief Innovator, Hasna Rouighi, Director of the Office of Innovation at the ministère de la Santé et des services sociaux du Québec, Patrick Cohendet , Professor, Kathy Malas, Adjunct professor, Federico Pasin, Director of HEC Montréal, Denis Chênevert, Laurent Simon and Guy Paré, Professors, Caroline Aubé, Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer at HEC Montréal and Nadia Benomar, Administrative Director and Research Support at Pôle santé HEC Montréal.

In its first year, 4 projects were selected:

  1. Innovation Master Classes – 5 half-day workshops to master the basics of managing the impact of healthcare innovation
  2. Innovation Ambassadors Program – A 10-month training program aimed at developing the necessary skills for managing the impact of healthcare innovation
  3. Value-based Procurement – Action research conducted in partnership with the Bureau de l’innovation, the Comité d’approvisionnement innovant and the Secrétariat du Conseil du trésor
  4. Public-Private Partnerships – Action research carried out with the Bureau de l’innovation


HEC Montréal, at the heart of CEGISOV

Several teams from the School are already participating in the evolution of this group, including those from Pôle santé (Health Research Centre), MOSAIC and the Research Chair in Digital Health.

Some of the faculty members who are part of CEGISOV include:


Comments from the 3 CEGISOV partners


“We are celebrating the first anniversary of this unique and unprecedented partnership between three well-established and complementary organizations, which is committed to transforming our healthcare system. The stage is set for HEC Montréal and the members of its faculty and research staff working there, to ensure that the Centre continues having a tangible impact on Quebec society. This is our sincere hope. Long live the Centre.”

Federico Pasin, Director, HEC Montréal


“Being a founding member of CEGISOV is part of our vision as a leader in healthcare, innovation, and knowledge transfer. In collaboration with HEC Montréal and the Conseil de l’innovation du Québec, which are both recognized as drivers of transformation and continuous improvement, we are pleased to play this role of expert in the application of best practices in a process of integrating innovation into care and service trajectories.”

Marie-Eve Desrosiers, President and interim Deputy Director, CHUM


“The healthcare network is facing major challenges, and one of the solutions for making it appear more human, efficient, and modern is innovation. CEGISOV will help develop the practices, knowledge, and know-how to achieve this. It is an honour to be one of the three founding partners, to have helped contribute to its creation and to be able to propel it for years to come. The collaboration on this project between the CHUM, HEC Montréal, and the Conseil de l’innovation du Québec has been one of the most promising for many years, and the pooling of our expertise and key players in the sector will yield positive benefits for all of Quebec. I would particularly like to highlight the invaluable contribution of Isabelle Vézina, Deputy General Manager of the CIQ, who played such an important part all these years in making this project a success. Bravo!”

Luc Sirois, Chief innovator and director general of the Conseil de l'innovation du Québec


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CEGISOV [in French only]