Round 2 of the e-Health 2024 Program Committee vote

Additional excellent suggestions were put forward for plenary and keynote speakers for the upcoming conference. Please cast your vote to help narrow down the options. Review the list below for details and submit your choices by completing the voting form by the end of day on Friday, December 22. Thank you for your input.

Healthcare Human Resources

What physicians and healthcare providers need to make their jobs easier and manage physician burnout, technology, the administrative burden of ehealth and the impact on human resources.

Keynote option:

  • Dr. Eric Topol, Executive VP, Scripps Research; Professor, Molecular Medicine, Scripps Research; Director & Founder, Scripps Research Translational Institute; Senior Consultant, Scripps Clinic, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases; Department of Molecular Medicine. He authored three bestseller books on the future of medicine: The Creative Destruction of Medicine, The Patient Will See You Now, and Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again

Panel options:

  • Leigh Chapman, Chief Nursing Officer for Canada, to share the vision around health resources and the path towards digital technologies
  • Dr. Alika Lafontaine, past president, Canadian Medical Association

AI in Health/Public Health Data (panel; choose up to four speakers)

Opportunity to showcase the possibilities and accountabilities needed in this space and talk about security.

Panel options:

  • Dr. Khaled El Emam, Canada Research Chair in Medical AI, University of Ottawa; Co-founder and CEO of Replica Analytics. Well known leading-edge thinker in AI and health data analytics. This angle would be about innovation from an AI and data use perspective and how to manage and understand the privacy considerations.
  • Mary-Jane Dykeman, Managing Partner at INQ Law. Focused on data governance and regulatory perspective
  • Josephine Yam – CEO & Co-Founder, Privacy & AI Lawyer, and AI Ethicist, Skills4Good AI focused on the ethics and a responsible AI approach.
  • Dr. Demis Hassabi – Following his early work in AlphaGo (Documentary) to the founding/acquisition of Google DeepMind to the revolutionary founding of AlphaFold (a programthat depicts protein structures), Demis has continued to push the boundaries of artificial general intelligence to compliment human discoveries. Key ideas to look forward to from Google DeepMind, AlphaFold, and his work: Greater emphasis of Responsible AI (safety and ethics) – although AI has the potential to accelerate discovery, it has just as much (or more) potential to be misused. The new era of “Digital Biology” – Google DeepMind has tapped into Isomorphic Labs to build on the proof of concepts of AlphaFold and reimagine drug discovery. The AlphaFold models are being replicated to create impact in areas of neglected diseases, plastic pollution, and structural biology. AlphaFold 3 is on the horizon. In response to the evolving nature of AI and life sciences, Demis emphasized that “we shouldn’t go fast and break things.”
  • Dr. Anna Goldenberg – Research Scientist: Dr. Goldenberg obtained her PhD at Carnegie Mellon University in Machine Learning and did her post doctoral training at Penn Centre for Bioinformatics and then the Donnelly Centre. She is the first Varma Family Chair in Biomedical Informatics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) Research Institute, where she also co-leads the AI in Medicine for Kids (AIM) initiative. She is a CIFAR AI Chair and a fellow of CIFAR’s Child and Brain Development group. Additionally, she is the research theme co-lead at the Temerty Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research and Education in Medicine (T-CAIREM) where she helps foster innovation in AI in Medicine research.
  • Dr. Clyde Mataza – Associate Chief of Perioperative Services for Bioinformatics and Pediatric Anesthesia, SickKids
  • Dr. Devon Singh – Pediatric ED, SickKids: Assessment of Machine Learning–Based Medical Directives to Expedite Care in Pediatric Emergency Medicine article.
  • Dr. Mohammad Mundami, Vice President – Data Science and Advanced Analytics at Unity Health Toronto, for AI
  • Dr. Mjaye L. Mazwi – Pediatric Critical Care,SickKids: Making machine learning matter to clinicians: model actionability in medical decision-making article.
  • Timothy Caulfield – Professor of Health Law and Science Policy focused on the myths and assumptions about innovation in the health sector
  • Andre Kushniruk – Director School of Health Information Science U of Victoria
  • Elizabeth Borycki – Professor School of Health Information Science U of Victoria
  • Kimberlyn McGrail – Professor in the UBC School of Population and Public Health and Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, Director of Research for UBC Health, and Scientific Director of Population Data BC and Health Data Research Network Canada.
  • Karen Hay, Digital Health Transformation Lead, Global Public Sector, Salesforce
  • Health Canada Speaker TBD to address the regulatory hurdles for innovators

Salesforce Sponsor Suggestion

Health’s Digital Sky: Harnessing the Power of the Cloud for Patient-Centered Excellence in Canadian Healthcare (panel; choose up to three speakers)

In the rapidly evolving landscape of healthcare, digital technologies are propelling us toward a future of patient-centered excellence, none more so than cloud-enabled technology. This session will explore digital enablers that are shaping the landscape of Canadian healthcare, with a focus on the power of solutions on the cloud to enhance patient and provider experiences and foster sustainability. Join Canadian digital health leaders coast to coast for a dynamic discussion that explores current initiatives, future trends, and digital challenges driving the evolution of healthcare in Canada.

  • Shannon Malovec, Executive Vice President, Provincial Digital Health & Information Services, PHSA
  • Jerome Foster, Executive Director, Innovation and e-Health, New Brunswick Ministry of Health
  • Sean Kennedy  VP/GM, Health | Strategy & Solutions, Salesforce
  • Amit Khanna, SVP & GM, Health & Life Sciences, Salesforce
  • Karen Hay, Digital Health Transformation Lead, Global Public Sector, Salesforce (moderator)

Inspirational Closing Keynote (choose one)

  • Avis Favaro, Veteran CTV News broadcast journalist and one of the longest-serving health journalists in Canada, having started the beat at Global Television News in the 1980s. Over the past 3 decades, she has reported on emerging diseases and new therapies. She has deep knowledge of Canada’s health care systems, and her network of connections across the country and passion for telling important stories would make her a great speaker to close off the conference around highlighting the need for data, digital technologies in advancing health care and the public good. Cohosts a number of podcasts around health issues and data for CIHI as well
  • Farah Alibay, Canadian aerospace engineer at NASA exploring space with robots. AI and space travel as it relates to healthcare
  • Sébastien Sasseville – An author, speaker, and athlete, Sébastien Sasseville is a frequent guest on radio & TV shows and he has been featured in countless newspapers and magazines. Sébastien Sasseville is a world class communicator, well known for his inspiring stories, humor and dynamic speeches. Some of his achievements include reaching to top of mount Everest, running across Canada and completing the toughest race on earth, the mythical Race Across America. Sebastien lives with Type 1 diabetes, making his accomplishments even more impressive.

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