Meet Board Candidate Jonathan Choy

Name: Jonathan Choy
Title: Senior Provincial Medical Director, Virtual Health
Organization: Alberta Health Services
Province: Alberta

How long have you been a member of Digital Health Canada?
4 years.

Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors at this point in your career?
During my first term on the Digital Health Canada Board I provided integral input into the Finance and Audit Committee as well as to the overall strategic plan during the Covid pandemic. As we learn through digitization and virtualization, I would like to leverage the experience we have gained in the largest public health authority in Canada to further develop a national strategy to Digital Health.

How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?
As the Provincial Medical Director for Virtual Health in Alberta Health Services, our team is responsible for the modernization, harmonization, coordination and transformation of care delivery in a complex, multi-disciplinary environment. Along with the knowledge that I gained during my first term on the board, we can continue to explore clinical care gaps, and how digital health can be leveraged to fill those gaps for patients.

What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?
In addition to being a physician with front line clinical experience in both in-person and virtual care, I have an executive MBA in Healthcare from the Sauder School of Business, UBC. This has allowed me to better serve the organization to ensure fiscal sustainability, as well as understand the relationship and role that patients needs intersect with public and private technology solutions.

Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)?
I practice clinical cardiology at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, and also am a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Alberta

What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent?
Executives/CIOs; Telehealth; Clinicians; Leaders; Academic & Research; Healthcare Institutions; National eHealth Organizations

With which Digital Health Canada committees, task groups or activities have you volunteered in past five years? Describe your most significant contributions to Digital Health Canada’s mission.
I have been on the board of directors for the past 2 years as well as on the finance and audit committee.

What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?
Canadian Cardiovascular Society Executive Board Member 2015-2018; Associate Dean, Clinical Faculty, University of Alberta 2017 – present

Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.
I provide a unique contribution to the organization with a clinical practice, administrative leadership experience, and a financial background to further the advancement of our organization during this rapidly evolving world where healthcare needs and technology intersect.

Do you currently hold the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems – Canada (CPHIMS-CA) credential?

What is your educational background? Please list all degrees and designations.
BSc (Hons) 1988 MD 1992 FRCPC 1999 EMBA 2015

Please include a brief biography including highlights of experience and expertise in health informatics/digital health. 
Dr. Jonathan Choy is the Provincial Medical Director for Virtual Health, Alberta Health Services, and is promoting the concept of delivering “High quality healthcare, anytime, anywhere” to all Albertans. His team facilitates the modernization, harmonization, coordination and transformation of virtual service integration into clinical programs within the organization. The team collaborates with different Strategic Clinical Networks as well as stakeholders in Alberta Health in exploring new care delivery models. In addition, he was involved with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta in developing practice advice for virtual care delivery. He was also a working group member for the Canadian Medical Association Task force on Virtual Care in 2020. He practices as a clinical cardiologist at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, and also serves as the Associate Dean for Clinical Faculty at the University of Alberta.

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