Meet the Plenary Speakers

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Opening Ceremonies Keynote Address | June 5 | 8:30am – 10:00am

Presentation: Predicting Excellence: Going for Gold in Health Care

Let’s Go for Gold in Health Care! Join us for this opening plenary session to learn about the transformative power of predictive analytics and why you can trust them to help you make evidence-based investment decisions. You’ll hear firsthand how Canadian Tire Bank, an expert in data analytics, is using its knowledge and expertise to help Own the Podium identify future Olympic and Paralympic athletes. This session will explore the winning formula used to predict future podium potential. It will look back on some of its predictive successes and forward with future predictions for upcoming Olympic Games in PyeongChang in 2018.

Read More: Interview with Ann Merklinger and Paul Robinson

Anne Merklinger
Chief Executive Officer, Own the Podium

Full Biography

An elite athlete for most of her life, Anne Merklinger was a member of Canada's national swim team from 1977–1981. Anne earned a silver medal at the 1979 World University Games in the 200‐metre breaststroke.

After a distinguished swimming career, Anne focused on curling and since the early 1980's she competed with distinction at every major event she entered. She was consistently ranked as one of Canada's foremost curlers, winning the Ontario Women’s Curling Championships in 1993, 1994, 1998 and 2000. She has twice led her team to the final of the Scott Tournament of Hearts (1998 and 2000).

A passionate, creative, and inspiring leader, Anne has more than 20 years of management experience with national sport organizations. Prior to becoming CEO Anne held the position of Director, Summer Sports with Own the Podium. She previously worked with CanoeKayak in the role of Director General, and has also worked with the Commission for Inclusion of Athletes with a Disability and the Canadian Federation of Sport Organization for the Disabled.

Anne’s life‐long experience in sport as an athlete and professional is complemented by extensive volunteer experience with a number of organizations including the Sandra Schmirler Foundation, Women’s Tour of Curling, CAAWS, and Special Olympics Canada

Paul Robinson
AVP, Credit Risk, Canadian Tire Bank

Full Biography

Paul Robinson is Associate Vice President of Credit Risk Management at Canadian Tire Bank. He is responsible for the oversight of sound risk management strategies and covers the entire credit lifecycle, including account origination, management, collections and fraud. Paul’s mandate also includes showcasing how Canadian Tire Corporation’s deep experience in data analytics extends to sports by helping Own the Podium identify future Olympic and Paralympic medallists.

Since joining Canadian Tire Bank in 1999, Paul held a number of progressively senior roles within various departments, including credit risk management, mortgage underwriting, modelling and fraud. Prior to his current role, Paul spent three years as an analyst with Dun & Bradstreet Canada where he was responsible for creating custom credit models.

Paul holds a Master’s degree in Business Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University and an Honours degree in Business Economics from Brock University. Paul also holds a Certified Credit Professional designation from the Credit Institute of Canada.

Monday Afternoon Plenary | June 5 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Presentation: International Perspectives Panel


Jeremy Theal, MD FRCPC
Chief Medical Information Officer, North York General Hospital

Full Biography

Dr. Theal is the Chief Medical Information Officer and a staff Gastroenterologist at North York General Hospital (NYGH) in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Theal is the physician lead for the eCare hospital information system enhancement project at NYGH, which has won six national awards for innovation, quality and safety of patient care since 2010, and enabled NYGH to reach Stage 6 on the HIMSS Analytics EMRAM in 2011. eCare also won the prestigious HIMSS Nicolas E. Davies Enterprise Award of Excellence in 2016, the pinnacle award in healthcare IT for substantially improving patient outcomes and value.

As a recognized expert in the design and implementation of advanced hospital information systems to improve patient care, Dr. Theal has given invited presentations to clinicians, administrators and policy makers in 11 different countries. He has also served as an advisor to more than 80 hospitals, as well as several public health authorities and private companies in Canada and internationally. He is the physician lead of the newly formed Ontario Hospital Information System Adoption and Benefits Team. In 2015 he was the recipient of the Minister’s Medal Honouring Excellence in Health Quality and Safety, and in 2010 he received the national COACH Community-Based Physician Leader/Innovator of the Year award. Dr. Theal holds an MD from the University of Toronto, with fellowships in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, and Therapeutic Endoscopy. He completed an internship in Health Informatics at Harvard University.


Richard Corbridge
Chief Executive Officer, eHealth Ireland


Full Biography

Richard Corbridge is a globally recognised expert in healthcare strategy and technology, with over 20 years experience in the Health and Clinical Research Information sectors. Richard has a passion for business change and benefits management in health and very much insists on a focus on engagement and benefits being brought to technology implementation.

Since December 2014, Richard has been the Chief Information Officer for the Health Service Executive in Ireland and Chief Executive Officer for eHealth Ireland. In these two years, Richard has implemented a unique identifier for health, fully digitized the referral process, put in place Irelands first clinical information officers council, began the first epilepsy genomic sequencing programme globally, started the implementation of a national lab system and a national maternity EHR. He has also brought a focus to the delivery of a number of key strategic programmes including the beginning of ePharmacy for Ireland, digital cancer care and a cloud first strategy. He has also managed a reform of the Irish healthcare technology system that has seen a plethora of awards and recognitions for the team. All of this with a budget of just 1.2% of the Irish spend on healthcare.

Before that, Richard led the delivery of a wide range of systems and processes in the NHS with a focus to aid the provision of healthcare and clinical research. These ranged from the first primary care messaging system in the NHS, to the modernisation of the information systems’ infrastructure for the delivery of clinical research throughout England.

For the last three years Richard has been named in the top ten most influential CIOs in Europe list by CIO magazine. He was listed by Computer Weekly as the rising star of the IT Industry at the end of 2015 and in 2016 he was named ‘Person of the year’ by Ireland’s Tech Excellence magazine. In 2016 he was listed in the top 25 in the global HIT100 list, as well as being listed in the top 100 global influencers for digital health by Hot Topics magazine.

Richard was named by the Huffington Post as one of the most ‘Social CIOs’. You can see the daily ins and outs of his work and life by following him on twitter at: @R1chardatron

Lucien Engelen
Director REshape Centre for Health(care) Innovation

Full Biography

It is at the intersection of technology and patient empowerment, which is where Lucien Engelen (1962), director of the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre REshape Center and advisor to the Board of Directors feels most at home. The two worlds combined into the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre and Singularity University in Silicon Valley & the Netherlands and in the Nordics he's modus operandi is always challenging, sometimes provocative but always techno-realistic. The objective is to keep Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre at the forefront of innovation and to have a soft landing in the future meanwhile creating a sustainable global health(care) for all .

Motto : "Stop talking, dare to fail … but start acting."
To empower patients and their family with technology as an enabler and transformation tool is my personal motto, keeping in mind the ethical aspects of the "what if we could do everything" question. 

A documentary about our work that aired on National TV "The patient in the lead" 
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David Hay, MBChB, Medicine
Product Strategist, Orion Health
New Zealand

Full Biography

David is a Product Strategist for Orion Health. He is also active in the international standards community as the chair emeritus of HL7â New Zealand and is a co-chair of the FHIRâ Management Group, charged with guidance and development of the latest HL7 standard. David graduated from medical school, then moved into the Health IT sector. He started a company developing Practice Management Software to GP's (GPDat). This was the first such program in New Zealand to receive electronic laboratory results.

Leaving the vendor space, David worked at EDS as a Solutions Architect, before returning to health IT working as an Architect (Solutions and Enterprise) for the Auckland based services management organization 'healthAlliance' producing a number of innovative solutions: an internal eReferrals application, a community based Case Management solution, plus an application to track and report on clinical tasks within the hospital. All of these applications remain in current use today. While there, he also participated in a number of national programs, including the medical records transfer project GP2GP, ePrescribing, and was one of the authors of the Interoperability Reference Architecture that governs information flow within the health sector.

He currently serves on the Health Information Standards Organization (HISO) committee, which provides technical advice on standards to the New Zealand Digital Advisory Board. He has provided outstanding leadership towards helping to create and evangelize the innovative FHIR standard, and frequently writes about FHIR on his blog and has developed a range of open source tools widely used to educate and assist the developers of FHIR

David is a true champion of the New Zealand IT healthcare sector, he has spent many years both professionally and personally designing, educating, and advising on health informatics. In recognition of this David has been awarded the Excellence in Health Informatics award 2016 by ITx New Zealand.

His ongoing commitment to FHIR has helped to provide the momentum needed for international adoption. FHIR represents a major standards upgrade that will boost access to health information, which will improve the access to a patients health information globally.

Fatima Paruk, MD MPH 
Chief Medical Officer, Allscripts Analytics
United States

Full Biography

Fatima Paruk joined Allscripts Analytics as Chief Medical Officer in 2015 and brings with her experience as a practicing physician, leader in international health systems, researcher, health policy expert and EHR implementation strategist.  Located in Denver, CO, Fatima currently provides medical leadership to a world-class team of data scientists, demonstrating the power of big data in improving health outcomes.  

Utilizing longitudinal data from more than 50 million lives, her team uses AI and machine learning in the development of predictive models to improve population health.  Her work has facilitated early identification of chronic diseases and strives to quantify the impacts of social determinants of health.   

Prior to her work at Allscripts, Dr. Paruk completed her fellowship in Health Systems and International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  At Johns Hopkins, Fatima led strategic programs to improve trauma care in low-income countries.  She spearheaded groundbreaking initiatives and established the first mobile, electronic injury surveillance system in Africa to characterize the burden injury and identify gaps across the spectrum of care.  This research has contributed to defining minimum standards for emergency patient care, and operationalizing access to emergency medical services for Kenya’s 40 million citizens. 

Dr. Paruk was nominated as technical advisor to champion a national EMS policy for Kenya by Kenya’s Ministry of Health, centered around the right to emergency care, facilitating the establishment of a national toll-free emergency line, development of ambulance requirements, standardized training curriculums for emergency medical personnel and provisioned for data driven quality improvement. 

Dr. Paruk was recently recognized as one of the Most Powerful Women in Health IT by Ernst & Young and named as one of Microsoft’s Women to Watch in Healthcare IT.  In addition to her executive role, Fatima lectures on utilizing predictive models in health care and public health, and has authored numerous academic articles. She remains actively involved in global disaster response and non-profits dedicated to improvement of health care in the United States and abroad.  


Tuesday Morning Plenary | June 6 |  8:30am – 9:30am

Julielynn Wong, MD, MPH
Founder, Chairman, & C.E.O., 3D4MD

Presentation: From Fax Machines to 3D Printing – Digital Health at Warp Speed

With 3D printing, physical objects – like medical supplies – can be stored as digital files. Discover how 3D printing and crowdsourcing a digital library of quality-tested, 3D printable medical devices can save lives, time, and money for over 1 billion patients at home, abroad and in space!

Read More: Interview with Dr. Wong

Full Biography

Dr. Julielynn Wong is a brilliant, captivating, and unforgettable speaker who infuses powerful storytelling with a playful personality. She brings an unrivaled passion for ideas that inspires audiences to embrace innovation and engage technology to solve big challenges. Following medical school at Queen’s University, Dr. Wong received a Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship to complete her Masters of Public Health degree studies at Harvard University. She is board-certified in public health and general preventive medicine, has authored over 35 scientific and technical publications and has filed 6 patents for medical devices. She is a passionate educator who has taught courses and workshops for thousands of grade school, university, and postgraduate students. Additionally, Dr. Wong is an avid pilot and drone racer, has flown as a microgravity researcher with NASA’s parabolic flight program, and served as an analog astronaut for NASA’s Human Exploration Research Analog IX and the Mars Desert Research Station Crew 145 mission simulations. Dr. Wong is a highly sought-out dynamic speaker and has spoken at the UN, Google Canada, Smithsonian, multiple TEDx’s and leading international conferences. She is a contributor for ABC World News, Forbes and the Huffington Post, and has appeared on CNN, ABC News, CTV, CBC News, Global National TV, CP24, Discovery and Space Channel.

Lunch Closing Keynote Address | June 7 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Joseph C. Kvedar, MD
Vice President, Connected Health at Partners Healthcare
United States

Presentation: Harnessing the Internet of Healthy Things

By 2020, experts predict that more than 20 billion everyday objects will be able to capture, receive and share data via a vast, interconnected global network linked together by inexpensive sensors, GPS and ‘the cloud.’ Dr. Kvedar will describe some of the most promising health innovations in the field, including advances made since publishing The Internet of Healthy Things in 2015, as well as technologies that are already changing care delivery.

Dr. Kvedar is hosting a book signing following the Lunch Closing Keynote Address on “Harnessing the Internet of Healthy Things”. There will be onsite book selling available with a special 10% discount for e-Health 2017 delegates!

Read More: Interview with Dr. Kvedar

Full Biography

Joseph C. Kvedar, MD, Vice President, Connected Health at Partners HealthCare, is creating a new model of healthcare delivery, developing innovative strategies to move care from the hospital or doctor’s office into the day-to-day lives of patients. He is the author of a new book, The Internet of Healthy Things, in which he describes how everyday objects will capture and use real-time biometric data to learn more about the impact of lifestyle on chronic diseases and wellness, and ultimately change behavior to improve our health.

At Partners Connected Health, Dr. Kvedar is leveraging information technology – cell phones, computers, networked devices and remote health monitoring tools – to improve care delivery. Partners connected health programs are also helping providers and patients better manage chronic conditions, maintain health and wellness and improve adherence, engagement and clinical outcomes. Based on the technology platform developed at Partners, a personalized health technology company was launched and later acquired by a leading insurance company to support its program encouraging healthy behavior and wellness education among employee populations. In 2013, Dr. Kvedar launched Wellocracy, a leading source of impartial, easy-tounderstand information on new personal “self-health” technologies like activity trackers, wireless devices and mobile apps to empower people to get and stay healthy.

He is internationally recognized for his leadership and vision in the field of connected health, and has authored over 100 publications on the subject; his popular cHealth Blog provides his insights and vision for connected health. Dr. Kvedar serves as a strategic advisor at Qualcomm Life, Puretech Ventures and BD Technologies, and is a mentor at Blueprint Health, providing guidance and insight to developing companies. Dr. Kvedar is also a mentor at the Harvard Innovation Lab and serves as a judge for its President's Challenge for Entrepreneurship.

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