e-Health 2023 Monday Plenary Panel

Working together to advance a modernized health system

Monday, May 29 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm ET.
Presented by e-Health hosts Canada Health Infoway, Canadian Institute for Health Information, and Digital Health Canada. 

Recent events have drastically changed Canadians’ expectations around health data and the ability to use it for clinical care and health system decision-making. The status quo isn’t good enough. Patients and clinicians require health data to make informed decisions about care. Health policy- and decision-makers need access to data to ensure that our health systems function efficiently and with the right resources. Canada needs demonstrable leadership around the big issues in the health data landscape, such as modern data governance, data sharing across organizations and jurisdictions, and approaches to better partner with industry. The acceleration and progression of this imperative require skilled resources, coordination, strategic partnerships and a collective commitment to a modernized future for digital health and data interoperability in Canada.

This session will highlight the efforts of three national organizations—Canada Health Infoway, Canadian Institute for Health Information, and Digital Health Canada—that are collaborating with one another and with federal, provincial, and territorial governments and other key stakeholders to advance the vision of a modern health system based on a foundation of interoperable health data.


    Cassie Frazer is a Senior Director at Canada Health Infoway, and President and Chair of the Board for Digital Health Canada. She,has spent over 25 years shaping the future of healthcare through progressive career roles including more than a decade providing healthcare directly, with a focus on innovation and transformation through digital health.  As a certified health informatics professional, Cassie is a highly motivated senior leader, change agent and integrative thinker, passionate about ‘connecting the dots’ and cultivating ideas that create strategic pathways.


    Anne Forsyth, Manager, Data Standards Canadian Institute for Health Information, has 15 years of experience in the Digital Health field across government, hospital and community organizations. Her expertise is in the areas of data standards, information privacy and program development.

    Anne is currently the Manager of Data Standards at the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), where she is responsible for establishing and operationalizing a corporate centre of excellence for data standards within the organization. Prior to this role, she led the expansion and modernization efforts of CIHI’s largest data holdings, DAD and NACRS, which collect data from acute, ambulatory and emergency departments. She successfully increased pan-Canadian emergency department data coverage from 65% to 85% and led key initiatives such as increasing the timeliness of opioid overdose data in Ontario and planning for the next generation of data collection systems that will serve the data needs of one of Canada’s biggest and busiest health sectors. Anne has also worked in crown agencies such as eHealth Ontario and Cancer Care Ontario, where she cultivated a passion for advancing digital health solutions to support clinical and operational workflows.

    Anne volunteers with Digital Health Canada and HIMSS Ontario on various committees, as a faculty member, and as a mentor. She has also held Board positions, including at a community mental health centre that provides services anchored in an anti-racist, anti-Black racism and anti-oppression framework. Anne holds CPHIMS-CA and CIPP/C certifications and has a Bachelor of Health Science degree in Health Studies and Management Studies from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Health Science in Health Administration from the University of Toronto.


    Mark Casselman is Chief Executive Officer of Digital Health Canada, the national association that connects, inspires, and empowers the digital health professionals creating the future of health in Canada. Digital Health Canada members are a diverse community of accomplished, influential digital health professionals who work passionately to make a difference in advancing healthcare through information, technology, and data management. Mark is a health executive and advisor with 20 years of experience working with executives, entrepreneurs, and clinical leaders across sectors within the Canadian health ecosystem. He has led large-scale transformation initiatives and has been recognized as an innovator in the field of digital health. Mark has a proven track record of working with public sector, private sector, and government stakeholders and integrating both shared and different perspectives to achieve success.


    Abhi Kalra is an Executive Vice-President at Canada Health Infoway. Abhi Kalra is a health care technology leader with extensive experience in designing and delivering large-scale, complex, multi-year digital transformational programs across North America, Europe and Asia. In his current role with Infoway, he leads the strategy to advance and drive the adoption of pan-Canadian digital health interoperability and the standardization of health data, with the goal of improving the patient and provider experience. In his previous role, he played a key role in defining, designing and delivering the first phase of Infoway’s national e-prescribing service called PrescribeIT®.

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