Meet Board Candidate Martin Ducharme

Name: Martin Ducharme
Title: Director, Strategy and Business Development
Organization: AlayaCare
Region: Ontario

How long have you been a member of Digital Health Canada?
Since 2021.

Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors at this point in your career?
I have split my career between improving health systems and healthcare standards, and bringing innovative technologies to healthcare. I see in Digital Health Canada an opportunity to be an advocate for modernization nationwide. I am interested in contributing to education, innovation and adoption of technology across the continuum of care. With 87 members in Quebec out of 2500+, I also would like to lead the way to help Digital Health Canada gain recognition and importance in the province.

How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?
My experience combines both healthcare and technology perspectives, which helps to better understand all aspects (and challenges) of digitalizing healthcare. I also bring a breadth of experience, having worked with hospital and health systems in 32 countries and in projects with 20+ of the top technology companies in North America (Telus Health, IBM Watson, Siemens Healthineers, McKesson, Edwards Lifescience, Fresenius, Amgen, LivaNova). I was also involved with four digital health innovation hubs (J&J Labs, TMCx, UPMC and Cedars-Sinai Accelerator), which lead me to work with 30+ startups to develop initial prototypes and MVPs. I have been a guest speaker at healthcare conferences in Europe, Asia and the Middle East as well as in Canada. In my current role, I work directly with Canadian provinces to modernize home care and push for the adoption of virtual care and remote patient monitoring. I am confident that the breadth of my experience at home and internationally can contribute to rich conversations on the board and that I can be a key contributor for content, representation and advocacy in the country.

What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?
Having worked with startups, innovation accelerators and major tech players gives me a comprehensive understanding of the trends and movements in the digital health industry. There is an opportunity also to learn from the innovation done in Quebec and I can bring these insights to the board and help with the current underrepresentation in the province. There are great things to learn from other countries as well and I think my international experience and network could help bring insights into what we do in Canada. I feel I bring complementary angles to the impressive expertise we have on the board and would love to leverage my network to help Digital Health Canada grow, gain in influence and expand its collaboration with national and global organizations.

Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)?
I do not have professional direct patient care experience as a clinician. My experience of care lies primarily in caring for a wife battling 4 cancers for the last 9 years.

What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent?
Emerging Professionals; Telehealth; Vendors; Leaders; Healthcare Institutions; National eHealth Organizations; Digital Health Entrepreneurs

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 not yet volunteered with any committees. I look forward to the opportunity to be considered this year.

What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?
I have been the executive lead for Accreditation Canada International, where I represented Canada with international organizations like ISQua or with national healthcare improvement bodies in Belgium, Qatar, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and Philippines. In technology, my involvement was in advisory roles with technology accelerators and events (e.g., HLTH, TMCx). None of these assignments or role were board appointments.

Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.
I am a motivated advocate for modernization of healthcare and the adoption of technology to improve the clinician, the patient and the family experience. I bring firsthand experience in healthcare and technology in all 10 provinces, with the First Nations and Inuit, and with several other countries. I believe I can be a great representative of emerging leaders, while being able to contribute to the growth of Digital Health Canada in Quebec and support the work of committees and specialists with my broader but less specialized experience of the industry.

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.
MBA – International Business (Simon Fraser University) BBA – Marketing and International Business (HEC Montreal)

Please include a brief biography including highlights of experience and expertise in health informatics/digital health. 
Working with the global teams at Macadamian, we brought to life new health digital technologies through our work in software development. I was involved in product developments tied to EHRs, digital therapeutics, mobile applications, voice-enabled technologies, data science and machine learning, remote patient monitoring, medical devices and clinical systems. I also worked with numerous health incubators and accelerators to help startups go from napkin sketch to actual product. By association, it became a necessity to train in health IT regulations (HIPAA, FDA, PHIPA, GDPR, CE, ONC and HL7/FHIR) to be able to navigate product development decisions with client organizations. Internationally, I worked with hospitals and health systems on improving system design, quality of care and patient safety. It has always been a personal crusade to champion and advocate for the adoption of technology to enable smarter care processes and better patient pathways. Nowadays, I dedicate my efforts to collaborate with organizations like CanHealthNetwork, Infoway, Medteq, Techno Montreal, CIRTES and with the provincial governments to promote the adoption of technology in home care. This sector lags behind acute and long term care in terms of digitalization and there is still a lot of work to do to educate on the solutions available, the benefits and ROI, as well as how provinces can lead large initiatives effectively.

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