Success Story


(From left) Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI) Scientist Dr. Cesar Marquez Chin and founder and Managing Director of HandyMetrics Corporation Michael Tsang, together with TRI Institute Director Dr. Geoff Fernie and OCE Business Development Manager Jose Costa (far right), in front of the largest rehabilitation hospital in Canada.

One in every 20 patients who visit a hospital in North America will contract a hospital-acquired infection (HAI) like C. difficile (C. diff) or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The best way to prevent the spread of HAIs is through proper hand hygiene by health-care professionals. Monitoring compliance in hospitals is critical with current auditing systems cumbersome, slow and prone to human error. 

Toronto start-up HandyMetrics, in collaboration with the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI), has created an app called HandyAudit that helps hand hygiene monitors record and report data objectively, consistently and accurately. Academically and clinically validated, the tool allows for a deep, evidence-based understanding of hand hygiene practices that enables hospitals to lower costs, increase compliance rates and ultimately improve the quality of patient care.

Through our initial support of HandyMetrics through OCE’s Market Readiness program, we helped transition the company’s technology to an iPhone and Android platform allowing it to be flexible and scalable. A second Market Readiness project helped them create an automated training and support system. Additional support from CDMN, NRC-IRAP, ventureLAB and MEDEC followed. HandyMetrics is currently looking to participate in OCE’s popular TalentEdge program.

More than 100 hospital sites in Canada and abroad, including the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Children’s National in Washington, DC, are using HandyAudit. The company is in talks with prospective clients in the UK and Italy and working to create a more basic version of their tool to penetrate a larger market share.

Return on Innovation

  • Currently employs seven full-time people
  • Projects hiring up to 15 people by 2017
  • OCE Investment: $99,950

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