Attending University away from home, people would often ask me, “what are you studying?” and I would respond “Health Informatics, of course”. Most of the time I would either get a blank stare or a follow up question “do you mean Health Sciences?” 6 years ago the dynamic has changed and we are in the age of eHealth and Health Informatics. Currently, healthcare and technology are intersecting and with the merge of these industries, we are going to be able to achieve great things.
This brings us to our upcoming e-Health Conference in June 2016. This conference brings together people that value quality health information as well as effective integrated system solutions and the theme of this year’s conference is Digital Innovation by influencing “big thinking”, technology, people and processes that support and enable our health care systems in Canada. As someone who attended my first e-Health conference last year, I had the most wonderful experience. As a previous employee of Gevity, I was fortunate enough to attend the conference last year as a delegate and presenter. I presented an e-poster on the PAC Application, which is an electronic health record that is designed for inmates’ healthcare in BC Corrections. This was just one of the great opportunities I was able to partake in. I also got the chance to watch the Hacking Health presentations, attend the CHIA Gala, and meet wonderful professionals from many different areas of healthcare such as employees of MaRS, SIMS, COACH, and other consulting firms.
This year I am looking forward to attending the conference as a student. I decided to go back to school to do my Masters in Research of Health Informatics at the University of Toronto as part of the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation department. I am excited for the opportunity to network and meet new professionals in Vancouver this year. Remember if you are a student you can take advantage of opportunities such as discounts or volunteer at the Conference.
Please do visit me this year at the COACH Booth or the IHPME booth.