A University of Toronto startup (Dash MD) seeking to improve communication between patients and hospitals has received $250,000 in funding from a southern Ontario local health integration network. 

The Waterloo-Wellington LHIN said Friday the funding would be used by Dash MD to develop a local version of its smartphone app, which enables health-care providers to easily deliver detailed  instructions to patients. 

The deal represents the startup's first government-level partnership.

“We’re very excited to be partnering with Dash MD to bring real-time local health information to patients through a mobile app that will be free for them to use,” said Bruce Lauckner, the chief executive of the Waterloo Wellington LHIN, in a statement.

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