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e-Health is widely attended by delegates from the digital health industry. Our attendees include CIOs, clinicians, health authorities, emerging professionals,  students and more! Meet a few of the incredible and amazing attendees from e-Health Conference & Tradeshow. 

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Click on the images below to learn more about our delegates’ experiences and why they attend e-Health Conference & Tradeshow.  Here’s what some of our delegates had to say about their e-Health Experience:

“The e-Health conference is truly the epicenter for everything eHealth related in Canada.”Andre Pires, Product Manager

“One of the reasons I attend e-Health is the opportunity to connect with like-minded colleagues but also those who challenge my thinking – people from all sectors, from across Canada and the globe.” Lynn Nagle, PhD, RN, FAAN

Andre Pires

Andre Pires

Product Manager

My Exeprience at e-Health Conference & Tradeshow
The eHealth conference is truly the epicenter for everything eHealth related in Canada. For me, it was the first conference I attended that got me interested in the field. It is where I have made some of my strongest connections in the industry and secured valuable partnerships for my organization. It encompasses many aspects of the industry allowing for the brightest minds to come together, learn from one another, and advance the eHealth agenda for the benefit of the entire Canadian healthcare system.

Biography
As a health informatics professional Andre is driven by the potential technology has to improve the health care system. With clinical experience in both hospital and rehabilitation settings, he approaches both software development and change management from a user’s perspective. He is interested in product development, implementation, and adoption with a focus on the human side of technology. Andre currently works as a product manager for the Ontario Chiropractic Association in the development of an EHR for allied health professionals.

Andy Tran

Andy Tran

Hacking Health Enthusiast
My Experience at e-Health

 

My experience at the hackathon at e-Health 2017 was very memorable for the sheer fact that I got to meet and work with some brilliant and creative minds. I’m really glad the theme of the hackathon was on mental health in the workspace, a topic that receives so little attention yet affects so many Canadians. It was exciting to get to be in the centre of all the action too, though at times also distracting! The final presentations were fun to watch and there was great energy. Seeing the solutions that other people came up with was inspiring, and that’s a feeling I carried with me long afterwards.

Biography

Andy is a front-end developer, entrepreneur, and Hacking Health enthusiast. He began his career in health policy, but through his research in innovative health technologies, he became interested in coding in order to bring his ideas to life.

Chad Leaver

Chad Leaver

Director, Applied Research
My Experience at e-Health Conference & Tradeshow

My favourite thing about e-Health is the chance to learn about the current progress and outcomes of leading digital health initiatives across Canada. 

The real value of the conference comes from the opportunities to connect with dynamic project leads and digital health professionals, meet new innovators and take inspiration from the oral presentations and panel discussions. It’s pretty much a given that I’ll emerge from the conference with some new connections and a fresh new research concept or project to incubate over the next year. 

Biography

Chad Leaver  – Director, Applied Research Canada Health Infoway

Chad is responsible for Canada Health Infoway’s applied research and evaluation initiatives. His work measures the value of digital health investments in Canada and contributes evidence-based market intelligence to a broad spectrum of national and provincial stakeholders. Chad received his MSc in Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie and his MBA at Cornell. 

Dale Anderson

Dale Anderson

Director
My Experience at e-Health Conference & Tradeshow

The biggest benefits of attending the e-Health Conference & Tradeshow are the exceptional variety of speakers and the networking during the course of the conference. I’m always inspired hearing stories from fellow healthcare executives who are also engaged in the eHealth landscape. These learnings and interactions have helped foster my work at the HITS eHealth Office at Hamilton Health Sciences to advance our own homegrown solutions, like ClinicalConnect, a tool that’s now recognized as a strategic digital health asset by the Government of Ontario and used by tens of thousands of health service providers in our region. Attending this event each year has certainly contributed to our successes to date, and I highly recommend all digital health professionals attend this industry event.

 

Biography

Director, eHealth Health Information Technology Services (HITS)

Dale has 30 years of diverse computing experience and has held a number of senior management positions in the Acute Care, Chronic Care, Cancer Care, eHealth, outsourced management services, insurance, and government. He has directed significant multi-hospital information system and eHealth initiatives and teams covering portfolio management, stakeholder engagement, change management, accreditation, re-engineering and regional agreements. Dale has championed one of the largest HIE’s in North America, branded as “ClinicalConnect” encompassing 30% of the Province of Ontario. He has been instrumental in the attainment of multi-million dollar funding grants. He has presented at various eHealth and mHealth conferences, panels and forums. He is a Board member and Coach for a regional division of Special Olympics Alpine Skiing and former director of T.E.A.D., the Therapeutic Equestrian Association for the Disabled.

Gillian Brennan

Gillian Brennan

Director
My Experience at e-Health Conference & Tradeshow

The e-Health conference is an excellent opportunity to connect with digital health professionals across the country and learn how they are tackling the same challenges we are facing. It stimulates new thoughts and ideas. I return home feeling energized.

Biography

Gillian is the Director for Community and Long Term Care, Manitoba eHealth. She is responsible for digital health systems in the community, primary care and long term care sectors, from operations to strategy. Before joining eHealth nine years ago Gillian worked in the consulting industry. She holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo.

Gurprit K. Randhawa

Gurprit K. Randhawa

Informatics
My Experience at e-Health Conference & Tradeshow

To me, the eHealth Conference is an exciting reunion of the growing Health Informatics (HI) family – One that I eagerly look forward to every year. The conference is an excellent learning and networking opportunity for HI community members to stay current on best practices and innovation in the field, as well as to explore opportunities for local, provincial, and national collaboration with other like-minded professionals. It’s a key conference that you definitely do not want to miss!

Biography

Gurprit K. Randhawa is the Manager of Clinical Improvements & Informatics at Island Health in Victoria, British Columbia. She is a final year PhD Candidate in Health Informatics at the University of Victoria. Gurprit is also a Health Informatics Course Developer and Instructor at McMaster University.

Heather Thiessen

Heather Thiessen

Patient and Family Advisor
My Experience at e-Health Conference & Tradeshow

My experience at e-Health 2017 was enlightening.  The one overarching reason is that the voice of patients and families were front and centre and woven throughout all that was showcased.  It’s just the way they do it!!  

The benefit of attending the conference this year? well, of course, is all the different things to listen and learn about.  I guarantee when you leave you’ll be not only inspired but also motivated to keep digging deeper to find solutions to digital health issues and connect with some pretty amazing health information communities such as CIHI.

 I am also pretty sure you will learn a thing or two from an engaged patient or family member present. For patients and families are the missing links in healthcare and e-Health 2018 recognizes this and ensures our voice is present.

Biography

 

Heather Thiessen has been a patient in our healthcare system for the past 30 years.  Dealing with two chronic neurological conditions, Multiple Sclerosis and Myasthenia Gravis, she has seen the good and bad in health care.

In her 8th year as a Patient and Family Advisor in the Saskatoon Health Region, Heather has partnered in numerous improvement events and helped on many Patient & Family Advisory Councils.  Heather is currently co-chair of the Saskatoon area Steering Committee as well as one of the founding members of Patient Advisors Network and newest to her list of advisory work is that of a Patient Surveyor with Accreditation Canada.  

She finds her greatest reward and impact is sharing her stories with health sciences students, embedding the patient journey to help them see the important role they play.

Heather has been invited to speak at numerous conferences both nationally and internationally about her journey in healthcare and how the voice of the patient should be front and centre. 

Heather is a strong champion for Patient and Family Centred Care and works tirelessly to make sure the patient and family voice is not only heard but fully integrated into healthcare to improve the patient experience.

Kendall Ho

Kendall Ho

Emergency Physician & Professor
My Experience at e-Health
The e-Health Conference is a great place to network with like-minded colleagues, participate in knowledge exchange with others, and promote transdisciplinary collaboration to advance technology enabled healthcare to benefit our patients and community members.  This is what brings me back to the e-Health conference over and over again.
Biography

Dr. Kendall Ho is a practicing emergency physician at the Vancouver General Hospital, a professor in UBC Department of Emergency Medicine, and leads the Digital Emergency Medicine unit (DigEM) to research on using innovative digital technologies to improve patient care in the ED and at home. He is the principal investigator of TEC4Home, a provincial study to introduce home health monitoring to support patients’ convalescence after hospitalization. He leads the BC Emergency Medicine Network real time virtual support initiative and works with colleagues to advance virtual health in BC. His works with the BC Ministry of Health to improve digital health literacy of the general public in optimizing use of digital health tools.

Lynn Nagle

Lynn Nagle

PhD, RN, FAAN
My Experience at e-Health Tradeshow & Conference
My experience at e-Health 2017 was as usual, extremely valuable, both personally and professionally. One of the reasons I attend e-Health is the opportunity to connect with like-minded colleagues but also those who challenge my thinking – people from all sectors, from across Canada and the globe.The e-Health conference helps me learn more about current and emerging trends and issues. My favourite thing about e-Health is the atmosphere; it’s always energizing, stimulating and welcoming. The biggest benefit of attending e-Health is being in the know and interacting with those leading the way in Canadian e-Health initiatives.

Biography

Lynn Nagle, PhD, RN, FAAN has more than 30 years of healthcare experience in practice, administration, and academia and is particularly known for her extensive experience and expertise in nursing and health informatics. She has her own consulting practice in health informatics through which she works with a variety of clients locally, provincially and nationally. In addition, she is an Assistant Professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg, Faculty of Nursing and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto; and an Adjunct Faculty member at Western University. She is the Founding President of the Canadian Nursing Informatics Association, and currently the Editor-in-Chief for the <i>Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership.</i>

Marion Lyver

Marion Lyver

Physician

My Experience at e-Health Conference & Tradeshow
Every year, the e-Health Conference (sponsored and hosted by Digital Health Canada) offers the best opportunity to connect with Health Informatics Professionals from across Canada and increasingly, from around the world. Networking with colleagues, finding new collaborators and innovators and getting up to speed on the latest in digital health is what it’s all about. It also allows us to step outside our comfort zones, hear what others are doing in digital health and find connection points to our own work that we might not have been aware of. Add the great social events, prizes and one-on-ones that “just happen” and you have all the ingredients for a great event. Need more info (and a reason to attend)? Contact me at mlyver@live.ca

Biography
Dr. Marion Lyver is a well-known and well-respected physician, medical informatician and digital health and healthcare consultant, providing services in her areas of expertise to both public and private sector organizations provincially, nationally and internationally. Marion is an emergency medicine specialist with Fellowship designations from the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada. She has been active academically in undergraduate and post-graduate programs as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University since 2001. Her clinical experience encompasses pediatric and adult hospital emergency care across rural, urban and academic teaching hospitals. Currently, she has a part-time clinical practice focused on pain management. This practice is EMR-enabled and incorporates information from patient-completed questionnaires online or via iPads at the time of their appointments. Marion’s healthcare and digital health consulting experience includes roles as clinical, physician and/or business lead, working group chair, senior physician advisor, physician support lead, medical informatics expert/lead, and senior facilitator. Currently she is contracted as PT Chief Medical Officer for an early stage company in Ontario, medical advisor to a start-up company and a senior associate with two large private sector consulting firms. Her combined clinical and health/digital health consulting practices makes her a strong asset on any team or in any health-focused organization. Dr. Lyver has received a leadership award for research from a major public service organization in Ontario and a peer award nationally in recognition of her work and contributions in implementing and advancing patient care standards and EHR standards in support of improved quality of care and electronic sharing of healthcare data.

Michael Savage

Michael Savage

Business Analyst
My Experience at e-Health Conference & Tradeshow

Last year was my first opportunity to attend the e-Health Conference, and I was very glad I did. It was particularly great to experience the Conference’s ability to bring health professionals together from all parts of the larger industry, both inside and outside of digital health technology organizations. It made for some very strong insight into where these innovations are fitting (and, more importantly, NOT fitting) into broader strategies and goals for the health system. 

Biography

Michael Savage is a Business Analyst – EMR Validation, with OntarioMD’s EMR Certification Team. He comes to this position in the digital health space with a recent Masters in Health Informatics from University of Toronto.

Naima Salemohamed

Naima Salemohamed

Senior Business Analyst
My Experience at e-Health

This year I will be attending my third e-Health conference and you may be wondering why again, because it gets better every year and the wealth of knowledge imparted is invaluable. Our industry is constantly evolving and there are always new learnings. These learning’s benefit current projects and help with future ones.

My favourite part of the e-Health conference is the people and the networking that happens. Every year I connect with old friends and meet plenty of new friends. The benefit of all these connections especially for young professionals is in building a reliable network. Our world is based around technology and as we continue to work together we can continue to make changes to help our patients.

I hope you will attend this year’s e-Health conference and hope to meet with you. Challenge yourself to meet and exchange contacts with at least 10 new people and to learning 5 new ideas.

Connect with me on twitter @nsalemohamed

Biography

Naima is currently a Senior Business Analyst with TELUS Health working on their home health monitoring project. She recently completed her Masters in Science specializing in Health Informatics Research. Naima has previous experience with EMR management, qualitative research and knowledge translation. She is an active Digital Health Canada volunteer.

Sarah Hutchison

Sarah Hutchison

CEO
My Experience at e-Health Conference & Tradeshow
My experience at e-Health 2017 was excellent! OntarioMD was a first-time sponsor as well as presenter at multiple sessions and at the Product Showcase. We were able to increase the awareness of the work that we do with digital health organizations from coast to coast and be involved in some great conversations as a result.

One of the reasons I attend e-Health is to network with digital health participants from all over Canada.  I also really value spending focused time with my colleagues from Ontario. The e-Health conference gives me the opportunity to stay current on innovations in digital health and how they are advancing in various jurisdictions. It is helpful to learn firsthand about what works and what doesn’t.

My favourite thing about e-Health is being a part of this engaged community.  Given my work with OntarioMD, I appreciate the opportunity to be in involved in discussions about the evolution of EMRs in other provinces and continually assess opportunities to increase their clinical value for Ontario’s physicians.I also really enjoy the Canadian Health Informatics Awards Gala and the recognition of national digital health achievements.

The biggest benefit of attending e-Health is tied for me – between experiencing the breadth of insightful sessions and engaging with vendors.  Digital health organizations are so busy making digital health happen that it’s nice to take some time and hear that everyone’s work is making a difference to Canadian health care.

 

Shari Dworkin

Shari Dworkin

Director
My Experience at e-Health Conference & Tradeshow
Over the many years I have been attending eHealth, I never fail to leave the conference with valuable contacts, innovative ideas and a renewed passion for Digital Health in Canada.  EHealth provides me with the opportunity to truly learn about digital health initiatives and the people responsible for their success. Anyone looking to learn more about real life, implemented strategies, projects and products that are modernizing digital health in Canada should make attending eHealth a priority. ”
Biography

Shari is the Director of Data Assets at Cancer Care Ontario. In this role, Shari leads the team responsible for ensuring that data is managed as a strategic asset for the organization. She is responsible for Data Acquisition and Disclosure, Data Quality and providing Data Services across the enterprise. Previously, Shari was the Group Director of Standards and Collaboration at Canada Health Infoway and the Manager of Standard Development Coordination at the Canadian Institute for Health Information. Shari has a Masters in Environmental Studies and Bachelors of Art (Political Science).

Susan Anderson

Susan Anderson

Managing Director

My Experience at e-Health
One of the reasons that I attend the e-Health Conference is an opportunity to renew connections with my colleagues from across Canada. Internet, social media, webinars all rank second to the in person exchanges. The digital health community in Canada is growing, but not so big that it still feels like a family reunion.
Biography
Susan Anderson is the Managing Director for the Canadian Business. Susan is an accomplished e-health strategist with more than 20 years’ experience in healthcare informatics. Previously, she was the Assistant Deputy Minister and CIO for the Health Information Technology and Systems Division at Alberta Health, where she played a pivotal role in transforming Alberta’s healthcare system into one of the most digitally connected in North America. At the forefront of Alberta’s Electronic Health Record implementation, she helped steer the expansion of EHR data sources, deployment to users, integration for physicians and pharmacists, and introduced public access to EHRs.