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Artificial Intelligence in Health Panel at e-Health 2024

The e-Health 2024 May 28 Opening Plenary Panel will examine the transformative potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in healthcare and explore the ethical and regulatory accountabilities in leveraging AI for public health data and the critical importance of security measures in safeguarding health-related information.

Titled ‘Artificial Intelligence in Health and Public Health Data: Balancing Possibilities and Accountabilities in a Secure Environment’, the panel features speakers

  • Dr. Kimberlyn McGrail, Professor + Scientific Director and CEO, University of British Columbia + Health Data Research Network Canada. Dr. McGrail is a Professor in the UBC School of Population and Public Health and Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, and Scientific Director of Population Data BC and Health Data Research Network Canada. Her research interests are quantitative policy evaluation and all aspects of population data science. In 2019-2020 she participated as a member of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Task Force on AI4Health and from 2020-2022 she was a member of the Expert Working Group for the Pan-Canadian Health Data Strategy. She is currently a Canadian representative to with the Global Partnership for AI as part of the data governance working group, and sits on a number of other data-related advisory committees. She holds a PhD in Health Care and Epidemiology from the University of British Columbia, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan.
  • Dr. Khaled El Emam, Canada Research Chair in Medical AI, University of Ottawa; Co-founder and CEO of Replica Analytics. Dr. Khaled El Emam is the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Medical AI at the University of Ottawa, where he is a Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health. He is also a Senior Scientist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute and Director of the multi-disciplinary Electronic Health Information Laboratory, conducting research on privacy enhancing technologies to enable the sharing of health data for secondary purposes, including synthetic data generation and de-identification methods. Khaled has founded or co-founded six product and services companies involved with data management and data analytics, with some having successful exits. Prior to his academic roles, he was a Senior Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada. He also served as the head of the Quantitative Methods Group at the Fraunhofer Institute in Kaiserslautern, Germany. He participates in a number of committees, including the European Medicines Agency Technical Anonymization Group, the Panel on Research Ethics advising on the TCPS, the Strategic Advisory Council of the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, and also is co-editor-in-chief of the JMIR AI journal. In 2003 and 2004, he was ranked as the top systems and software engineering scholar worldwide by the Journal of Systems and Software based on his research on measurement and quality evaluation and improvement. He held the Canada Research Chair in Electronic Health Information at the University of Ottawa from 2005 to 2015. Khaled has a PhD from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, King’s College, at the University of London, England.
  • Dr. Devin Singh, Physician & Lead Clinical AI & Machine Learning in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, SickKids. Dr. Devin Singh is a practicing Paediatric Emergency Medicine Physician from the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Western in medical sciences and went to work for the Ontario Provincial Government as a business analyst. Afterwards, he attended medical school at the University of Sydney, Australia with his paediatric residency and emergency medicine subspecialty training at SickKids Hospital. This was followed by a clinical fellowship in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. He is passionate about improving the care for children across communities and his research focuses on the use of machine learning to achieve this at scale. He is the Physician Lead for Clinical Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at SickKids for the Division of Emergency Medicine and has completed a Masters of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. Most recently he founded Hero AI, an innovative healthcare technology company dedicated to empowering patients and healthcare providers with AI.
  • Sue Robins, Author and Patient Engagement Consultant, Bird Comm. Sue Robins is a health care activist, speaker and author. Her latest book, Ducks in a Row: Health Care Reimagined, is a scrappy challenge to the established health care world.  Her first book, Bird’s Eye View: Stories of a life lived in health care is a poignant memoir of her experience as a caregiver and cancer patient. Sue has written for The New York TimesCanadian Medical Association Journal and The Globe and Mail. She has spoken at countless national and international health conferences about storytelling, the patient experience and best practice in patient engagement. Sue’s work experience includes paid family leadership positions with the B.C. Children’s Hospital and the Stollery Children’s Hospital. She is a senior partner with Bird Comm, a health communications company. She lives with her husband and youngest son on a mountain outside of Vancouver.  More about Sue can be found at www.suerobins.com.

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Mohamed Alarakhia, CEO and Managing Director, eHealth Centre of Excellence. Dr. Alarakhia is a practicing Family Physician at the Centre for Family Medicine Family Health Team and the CEO of the eHealth Centre of Excellence. He is the Faculty Digital Health and Innovation Lead at McMaster University, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine (Waterloo Campus) and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Alarakhia was awarded the Digital Health Executive of the Year Award in 2019 and the College of Family Physicians of Canada Award of Excellence in 2018 and 2022. Dr. Alarakhia and the eHealth Centre of Excellence won the Innovation Award in 2022 from the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce. The eHealth Centre of Excellence received a Canadian Medical Association Joule Innovation Grant and an AFHTO Team Award in 2020, as well as a Patient Care Innovation Team Award at the 2019 Canadian Health Informatics Awards and a 2019 Ingenious Award from Information Technology Association of Canada. The eHealth Centre of Excellence is recognized as one of the Best Workplaces in Canada.

Join us on May 28 at 8AM for the e-Health 2024 Plenary Panel Discussion sponsored by Salesforce.

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