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Opening Keynote Address 

 

Health Care and eHealth in the Age of False News and AI

Monday, May 27, 2019 | 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Speaker:

Michael B. Decter
President & Chief Executive Officer LDIC Inc.

Full Biography

Michael B. Decter, a Harvard trained economist is the President and CEO of LDIC Inc. 

He served as Deputy Minister of Health for Ontario and Cabinet Secretary in Manitoba,

Michael is a well-recognized expert on health care policy. He was the founding Chair of the Health Council of Canada. He continues to serve as the Chair of Medavie Inc. and Patients Canada.  He is also a Trustee of Auto Sector Health Care Trust and Chair of its Finance, Audit and Investment Committee.

He has authored Healing Medicare: Managing Health System Change – The Canadian Way (1994).  Four Strong Winds – Understanding the Growing Challenges to Health Care, (2000). and Navigating Canada’s Health Care, co-authored by Francesca Grosso, (2006). 

In 2004, Michael was awarded The Order of Canada.

Moderator: Gillian Sweeney
Vice President, Clinical Information Programs and Quality, Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information

Full Biography

As the Vice President, Clinical Information Programs and Quality, I currently lead the team at the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information that is responsible for providing oversight, leadership and governance of HEALTHe NL, the provincial electronic health record (EHR), eDOCSNL, the provincial electronic medical record program, and the provincial Telehealth and Telepathology programs. I have a clinician-based background with extensive management experience. With over 15 years’ experience in private industry and healthcare, I provide expertise and leadership in the areas of electronic health record management, change management, and digital health programs. Gillian also serves as Digital Health Canada Board Secretary-Treasurer 2018-2019 and Digital Health Canada Atlantic Chapter Committee Chair 2018-2019.


The Impact of Virtual Primary Care Visits on Continuity of Care, Friend or Foe?

Monday, May 27, 2019 | 12:30pm – 2:00pm 

 

Speakers:

Brett Belchetz
Co-Founder and CEO, Maple

Full Biography

Dr. Brett Belchetz is a practicing ER physician in Toronto. He is also the CEO and Co-founder at Maple (getmaple.ca), Canada’s only national telemedicine provider connecting Canadian patients and doctors for online medical visits. He is a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute and works as an on-air medical expert for CTV and Global News. Brett previously worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. He is passionate about healthcare policy, and writes editorial content for the National Post as well as several other Canadian newspapers.

Ed Brown, MD, MSM
CEO, Ontario Telehealth Network

Full Biography

Dr. Brown is a founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN), one of the largest and most active integrated telemedicine networks in the world.

Dr. Brown has won numerous awards for his work in virtual care including, most recently, a Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal for his contributions to health care in Canada. In 2010, he was chosen as one of 25 Transformational Canadians by a national media panel sponsored by the Globe and Mail, CTV and La Presse. He is a Past President of the American Telemedicine Association, which named him to its College of Fellows in 2015.

An emergency physician who studied mathematics and engineering before embarking on his medical career, Dr. Brown is a passionate advocate for virtual care as a means of improving access to care and as an enabler of health system transformation.

 

Monika Dutt
Medical Officer of Health and CEO, 

Timiskaming Health Unit

Full Biography

Monika Dutt is a Board member and Past Chair of Canadian Doctors for Medicare, an organization that promotes accessible, high-quality, publicly funded healthcare. She works as a family and public health physician in northeastern Ontario. She has been the Executive Director of Upstream, a non-profit that strives to create health and wellbeing for all through a focus on equity and justice. She has worked in primary care in rural and remote settings across Canada and India. She has been a Medical Officer of Health in Nova Scotia, northern Saskatchewan and southern Ontario. Her favourite place to be is outdoors with her seven-year-old son.

Moderator: Megan Stowe
Executive Director Virtual Health, Vancouver Coastal Health

Full Biography

Megan Stowe is the Executive Director for Virtual Health and Clinical Education at Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.  Holding previous roles such as Chief Clinical Information Officer, Clinical Director of Redevelopment and Provincial Director of Operations Megan has become passionate about transformation in healthcare.

Her interests lie at the intersection of leadership, quality improvement, education and technology. Megan has previously led the implementation of electronic documentation and is currently leading Vancouver Coastal Health’s Virtual Health transformation.

Megan is a registered nurse and has her bachelor’s degree from the University of Calgary. Her Masters of Science in Nursing Leadership in Healthcare is from King’s College, University of London (UK).


Data Analytics in Sports
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 | 8:30am – 9:30am

 

Speakers:

Dr. Sacha Bhatia
Director of the Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV), Women’s College Hospital 

Full Biography

Dr. R. Sacha Bhatia is the FM Hill Chair in Health Systems Solutions and the Founding Director of the Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV) at Women’s College Hospital. He is also the division director of cardiology at WCH and staff cardiologist at UHN. He is the national evaluation lead of the Choosing Wisely Canada campaign, a scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. He has been published in international peer reviewed journals like the New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA Internal Medicine.  He has been a commentator on Bloomberg News, CTV News and the CBC, and has been asked to give over 80 presentations internationally, nationally and regionally since 2013. 

He is a recipient of the American College of Cardiology’s Young Investigator Award, the American Society of Echocardiography’s Arthur E. Weyman Young Investigator Award. Most recently he was awarded the Goldie Award for Quality and Innovation as well as the Louise Lemieux Charles Emerging Leaders Award by the University of Toronto. He sits on the boards of the Heart and Stroke Foundation and DREAM Global REIT, a publicly traded company listed on the TSX.

Previously he worked as a clinical and research fellow in cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University. Dr. Bhatia received his medical degree and MBA at McGill University and his internal medicine and cardiology training in Toronto.

Humza Teherany
Chief Technology and Digital Officer, MLSE

Full Biography

Humza is the Chief Technology and Digital Officer at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. Humza has over 20 years of experience in driving Technology and Business Strategy, while directly contributing to both top and bottom line results. Humza's organization at MLSE is responsible for digital strategy, technology, IT, mobile apps, data science and innovation - including our esports team and initiatives, Raptors Uprising Gaming Club and Leafs Gaming League.

Prior to MLSE, Humza was at Compass Group North America where he built a technology and digital strategy company called Compass Digital Labs where he was the CEO. Compass Digital Labs helped to drive billions of dollars of incremental revenue and market differentiation across retail and hospitality sectors across the United States and Canada.

Humza has also worked at Allstream, where he led Business Transformation and IT Enterprise Architecture. He has also held various technical and management roles at Bell Canada.

A frequent keynote speaker at various North American conferences focused on technology, innovation and driving business results, Humza has built strong technology and business partnerships with top organizations around the globe. This network allows him to innovate creatively and quickly, accelerating business objectives.

Humza has an undergraduate degree from York University and holds various professional training accreditations from both the Schulich School of Business and the Niagara Institute, he also serves as the President of the CIO Association of Canada.

 

Moderator: Kathleen Morris
Vice President of Research and Analysis, CIHI

Full Biography

Kathleen Morris is the Vice President of Research and Analysis at the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), an organization that aims for Better Data, Better Decisions, Healthier Canadians.  She provides leadership for an integrated program of health services and population health initiatives, including indicator development, web-based performance reporting and analytical reports. She also has responsibility for the data standards and quality analysis that underpin CIHI’s work.

 


Artificial Intelligence in Today’s Health System
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 | 4:00pm -5:30pm

 

Speakers: 

Dr. Alexandra T. Greenhill
CEO & Chief Medical Officer, Careteam Technologies Inc.

Full Biography

Alexandra is a physician leader turned tech entrepreneur, with a 15+ years track of record massive $100m+ healthcare innovations. Cofounded award-winning tech companies, is an EIR and a TedX speaker, Top 40 under 40, Most Influential Woman in STEM, WXN Most Powerful Woman and received the Queen Elizabeth II Medal of Service.

Trevor Jamieson
CMIO St. Michael’s Hospital

Full Biography

 

Trevor Jamieson is a general internist and Medical Director of IT at St Michael’s Hospital in downtown Toronto, Medical Director of Women’s Virtual at Women’s College Hospital, Virtual Care lead at WIHV, a Medical Director of the Ontario provincial Center for Digital Health Benefits Evaluation, and assistant professor at University of Toronto. His primary focus is in clinical informatics and the intersection of quality improvement with informatics, and is thus very focused on the practical realities of technological implementations into complex clinical systems.

 

Marc Lamoureux
Manager, Digital Health at Health Canada | Santé Canada

Full Biography

Marc has worked as an evaluator for Health Canada since 2011. He is vice-chair of Canada’s Subcommittees for IEC TC62B/C (Diagnostic Imaging and Radiotherapy) and is the co-chair of the IMDRF’s Cybersecurity Working Group. He is currently the lead for Health Canada’s Building Better Access to Digital Health Technologies initiative and is now the manager of the newly created Digital Health Division at the Medical Devices Bureau of Health Canada.

Moderator: Dr. Julielynn Wong
Founder, Chairman & CEO, Medical Maker

Full Biography

Julielynn Wong is a Harvard-educated physician-scientist, innovator, pilot, and drone racer whose life’s mission is to take technology to the extreme to benefit the world. She is board certified in public health and general preventive medicine, aerospace medicine, occupational medicine, and clinical informatics, and is a graduate of and past faculty at Singularity University. She is the founding CEO of 3D4MD, a social enterprise that makes low-cost, high quality 3D printable medical supplies at home, abroad and in space. Dr. Wong is a passionate educator who founded Medical Makers, a global community of innovators, patients, and healthcare providers who use low-cost technologies to save lives, time, and money.


Closing Keynote Address 

 

From Paper to Pixels – and Beyond
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 |12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Speaker:

André Picard
Health Columnist at The Globe and Mail 

Full Biography

André Picard is the health columnist at The Globe and Mail and the author of five books, including Matters of Life and Death: Public Health Issues in Canada, and The Path to Health Care Reform: Policies and Politics. He also has a large Twitter following at @picardonhealth. 

André has received much acclaim for his writing, including the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism and the Centennial Prize of the Pan-American Health Association, awarded to the top health journalist in the Americas.  He is also an eight-time finalist for the National Newspaper Awards – Canada’s version of the Pulitzer Prize.

He is a seasoned communicator who employs a conversational style to reach his audience. He enlivens his research and commentary with personal stories to provide context for his audience, including anecdotes from patients and health professionals the front lines. 

André will enlighten and peak a sense of curiosity of audience members from all educational backgrounds. His work as one of North America’s top health journalists reflects his personality: Behind the placid exterior lies an inquisitive, perceptive and industrious scribe for whom the work only begins with the off­icial story.

André is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, and has received honourary doctorates from six universities, including the University of Toronto, UBC and the University of Manitoba.

Moderator: Shelagh Maloney
Vice President, Digital Health Engagement 
And Marketing, Canada Health Infoway