Sponsor Symposia

Monday, May 28 | 3:00pm – 4:00pm

ECD Collaborative: Understanding What Is Essential Documentation Within the EHR

As EHR use, technologies, regulatory requirements and clinical practice have evolved in the healthcare industry, there has been limited rigor established to govern clinical content of nursing documentation within the EHR.  This session focuses on the work that Cerner and the Essential Clinical Data Set client collaborative have completed to reduce the noise with Cerner’s Model system and define the essential clinical dataset (ECD) for nursing via practice based evidence.

Speaker: Darinda Sutton MSN, RN-BC
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Location: Burrard Room, Conference Level

Enabling Agile Delivery in Digital Health: Experiences and Perspectives

Healthcare organizations are under constant pressure to innovate in the delivery of services and to implement or improve the IT solutions underpinning their operations.  Agile methodologies and frameworks – such as agile architecture, agile environment deployment and agile governance – are being used to support faster delivery of better solutions at comparable or reduced costs across a wide range of industries.  However, healthcare organizations across Canada struggle to adopt agile practices – from initial investment decisions through design and development to user onboarding.  The symposium will feature a panel of speakers who will share their experiences in leveraging agile approaches from three unique but complementary perspectives.

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Location: Cambie Room, Conference Level

Healthcare Transformation in the AI Era

Some say that AI has the potential to radically change healthcare. And they’re right. Except for the fact that AI technology — cognitive systems that use data to understand, reason, learn and predict — has already begun to drive profound changes throughout the healthcare industry both on the administrative side as well as in medical research and in terms of patient care. 

Through its capacity to collect, combine and analyze vast amounts of data, including data found in medical journals, digital images, clinical notes, or generated from sensored medical devices, AI is driving transformation in a growing number of healthcare areas.  Join us for this informative session to hear about some of the current uses of AI in healthcare as well as the opportunities it presents to reduce healthcare costs, better manage and improve patient outcomes, as well as support vital medical research and drug discoveries.


  • Ian Fish, M. SC. (Community Health Sciences), Partner & Canadian Healthcare Services Leader, IBM Global Business Services View Full Biography
  • Dr. Tim O’Connell, Emergency/Trauma Radiologist & CEO, Emtelligent, M.D., BSc., M.En View Full Biography
  • Philip Barker, Vice President, Planning, Informatics and Analytics, Fraser Health
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Location: Fairview V Room, Conference Level

An Innovative Model for Postoperative Remote Automated Monitoring and Virtual Care

Although surgery has the potential to improve quality and duration of life, it can also precipitate major complications. Current systems for monitoring patients after surgery, both on surgical wards and after transition to home, are not adequate. In operating rooms and intensive/post anesthetic care units, there is continuous hemodynamic surveillance. Yet, when patients are transferred to surgical wards, most will have their vital signs evaluated only every 4 to 12 hours. This scenario leads to thousands of cases of undetected hemodynamic compromise, associated with poor clinical outcomes. This talk will focus on implementation and user testing of innovative Philips technology to improve postoperative monitoring and hospital to home recovery support for patients. Methods used in an international clinical trial, underway, to examine health system outcomes will also be shared.

Speaker: Michael McGillion RN PhD, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean (Research), McMaster University

Location: Fairview III Room, Conference Level

The Future of Healthcare: A Unified Patient Platform

Expectations of the healthcare industry in Canada continue to increase from all stakeholders, forcing us to rethink how we use technology to transform our service delivery. Imagine connecting the patient, family & caregiver journeys, from initial diagnosis, throughout treatment, to home care and follow-up on an agile, intelligent, and scalable platform that brings people and systems together. Join Salesforce’s Chief Medical Officer, Joshua Newman MD MSHS, as we share how healthcare industry trailblazers invested in cloud, mobile, and social technology to transform collaboration, personalize engagement, and empower patients, families and healthcare professionals throughout the care journey.

Speaker: Joshua Newman, Chief Medical Officer Salesforce

Location: Fairview IV Room, Conference Level

Tuesday, May 29 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Every Day Intelligent Applications in Digital Health

To address the mounting pressures of providing sufficient access, maintaining quality and reducing health care costs, health systems, hospitals and clinical departments are racing to unlock the value of health data.   How can care delivery organizations embed digital capabilities into their every day workflow and operations in order to improve efficiencies, quality, patient experience and staff satisfaction?  How can data serve as a catalyst for iterative innovation, evidence-based change and culture change?   How can intelligent machines support care delivery using Artificial Intelligence?   Come learn how GE Healthcare is harnessing data across hardware, software and biotech to connect and enable care providers, and how we are making exciting strides towards the goal of precision medicine.  During this session, we will take you on a journey that explores every day practical applications of intelligent machines, digital departments, connected care pathways and healthcare command centres. 


  • Zahava Uddin, Director Consulting, GE Healthcare Partners Canada
  • Matt Collingridge, Senior Director, Digital Operations, GE Healthcare

Location: Fairview V Room, Conference Level

Can We Beat the Opioid Epidemic With AI?

The opioid crisis in Canada is putting increasing pressure on the country’s health care systems. In fact, new data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) shows that the number of emergency department visits and hospitalizations in Canada continues to rise at an alarming rate contributing to an average of 16 hospitalizations a day in Canada in 2016–2017 — a 19% increase over the year before– with Western Canada, and B.C., especially hard hit.

While the public has long assumed that opioid addiction is concentrated in areas of high poverty and among teenagers and young adults, the troubling reality is that non-medical prescription drug usage and overdose rates in developed countries are proving to be the highest among the middle class. And while the rate of hospitalizations is certainly growing the fastest among those aged 15 to 24, the highest hospitalization rates over the past 10 years in Canada has in fact been among adults age 45 to 64 and seniors age 65 and older.

Given the devastating impact that this crisis is having across all socio-economic strata, it’s clear that this epidemic is both tragic and complex and one which will demand focused effort, resources and collaboration among government, healthcare practitioners, and the communities they serve.

It’s also becoming clear that technology has an increasingly important role to play. Join this session to hear about the role that technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning have begun to play in combating today’s opioid crisis.

Speaker: Dr. Lisa Latts, Deputy Chief Health Officer for IBM Watson Health
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Location: Cambie Room, Conference Level


Aligning your EHR Implementation with HIMSS Stage 7

The process of earning HIMSS Stage 7 recognition can be overwhelming for many hospitals. However, there are also considerable benefits to developing an EHR implementation that aligns with Stage 7 strategies – including improved physician productivity, patient engagement, and outcomes. During this session, we will discuss the ways in which HIMSS Stage 7 standards can serve as a roadmap to achieving specific quality goals — such as decreased infection rates and more efficient processes for your care teams. We’ll share the key measures and metrics that are essential to achieving Stage 7, as well as the EHR functionalities that can help your hospital to reach its fullest potential as a paperless provider. You’ll also learn how Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences and other large, multi-site healthcare organizations have successfully used these guidelines to improve both the provider and patient experience.

Learning Objectives:

How to appropriately frame EHR project goals around HIMSS Stage 7 objectives.

How to establish realistic project plans and timelines.

How to confront common challenges and discover new opportunities.

Speaker: Karen Shearing, Project Director, Navin, Haffty & Associates
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Location: Fairview III Room, Conference Level

The 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s Hospital: E3

The 3D Innovation Lab is an opportunity. In our Pediatric Radiology practice at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital the combination of Technologist talent coupled with Radiologist expertise and Clinician response to new avenues of diagnosis have exploded into growing our Lab and expanding the realm of diagnostic utility of image post-processing.  This combination has led us to more precise diagnosis, expanded our drive to develop research, and generated income opportunities. Virtual 3D, other image post-processing including Spectral imaging, and 3D printing are vital to our clinical and research programs. 

Speaker: Dianna M. E. Bardo, MD, FSCCT, FNASCI, Director of Body MR & Co-Director of the 3D Innovation Lab, Phoenix Children’s Hospital Professor,  University of Arizona 

Location: Fairview IV Room, Conference Level