Digital Health Canada Board members are elected for a two-year term and are then eligible for re-election for up to three additional terms. Board members attend approximately four face-to-face Board meetings per year (April, June, October, January); participate in teleconferences as necessary (usually two to three per year; chair or act as liaison to one of the standing Committees of the Board or a task force; participate in strategic planning; actively participate in Digital Health Canada activities; make a contribution to the industry.

The Digital Health Canada Board is a strategic board the CEO and National Office team provide operational support. In return for sitting on the Board, members are able to actively contribute to and influence the development and advancement of the Canadian digital health industry by ensuring that Digital Health Canada remains a strong and respected organization.

2020-2021 Digital Health Canada Board

Dalhousie University
Alberta Health Services
Alberta Health Services
Toronto Public Library
Canada Health Infoway
Altum Health, UHN
eHealth Ontario

Dr. Raza Abidi

Dalhousie University

 

Dr. Syed Sibte Raza Abidi, Director of Health Informatics, Professor of Computer Science and Medicine, Dalhousie University

 

Dr. Syed Sibte Raza Abidi is Director of Health Informatics, Professor of Computer Science and Medicine at Dalhousie University, Halifax. He holds a PhD and Masters in computer science. He has been involved with digital health academics, innovation, advocacy and policy-making for over 20 years. Dr. Abidi is the scientific director of the NICHE (kNowledge Intensive Computing for Healthcare Enterprises) research group, and leads R&D activities that have led to a range of innovative digital health solutions. He is a digital health innovator, who has developed and deployed a range of innovative digital health systems in healthcare organization both within Canada and globally. His has expertise in ‘big’ health data analytics for health system optimization, precision medicine, personalized health, clinical decision support, patient empowerment, and mobile health.

 

Dr. Abidi is the recipient of the CHIA’s leadership in health informatics award (2016), the prestigious International Award for Innovation in Medical Informatics (awarded at World Expo in Hannover, Germany), Research Excellence Award and six (6) best paper awards. Dr. Abidi is an experienced digital health academic and practitioner who has trained over 700 health informaticians, published over 220 scientific papers, supervised over 75 graduate theses, secured scientific research grants over $16 million from government and industry, delivered over 80 invited talks and developed over 40 innovative digital health systems and technologies. He has extensive international digital health experience and has collaboratively developed several digital health systems in different countries. He provides expert consultation regarding digital health project review, planning, implementation and policy, both within Canada and globally. He is regularly invited to speak about digital health vision and innovations, role of digital health in healthcare systems, and capacity building programs for digital health.

Karla Avery

Alberta Health Services

eCritical Alberta Operations Manager

 

As the eCritical Operations Manager at Alberta Health Services, I manage the eCritical Alberta program which includes a provincial CIS and robust data warehouse implemented across pediatric, adult, and a number of neonatal critical care units. We are unique in that we have a team of clinicians that customizes the application, a technical team, a front line support team, in addition to quality assurance analysts, and data access and analytics (Business intelligence and Extract, Transform, Load) analysts. Previously, I was the Millennium integration manager with responsibility for ADT and lab interfaces in the Calgary zone and Provincial Laboratory for Public Health. I have spent 20 years working in Healthcare Information Technology with progressive leadership positions during that time. I am passionate about leadership and collaboratively finding ways to ensure that our technology meets the needs of our clinicians and care providers and in turn provides better outcomes for our patients. I am passionate about collecting data, ensuring the quality of that data and then enabling clinicians and researchers access to that data to make meaningful change in care of patients. I hold a Master’s in Leadership degree from Royal Roads University and am Project Management Professional Certified.

Jonathan Choy

Alberta Health Services

Provincial Medical Director, Virtual 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.  He and his team facilitate the integration of virtual services into clinical programs within the organization, and collaborates with different Strategic Clinical Networks as well as stakeholders in Alberta Health in exploring new care delivery models.  He is promoting the organization to leverage digital technology to improve access and reduce costs by delivering equitable quality healthcare closer to patients’ homes.  In addition, he is involved with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta in developing practice advice for virtual care delivery.

He has a diverse leadership background, serving as the President of the Section of Cardiology, Alberta Medical Association (2012-2015) and developed a keen interest in physician compensation reform.  He is currently serving as the physician representative on the Provinical Physician Compensation Committee.  He also has served as an executive board member for the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, and chaired their Continuing Professional Development Committee for 4 years.  In 2014 he completed an executive MBA from the Sauder School of Business, UBC in healthcare management with the goals of combining clinical expertise and administrative leadership to promote a more sustainable publically funded healthcare system in Canada.

He practices as a clinical cardiologist at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, and also serves as the Associate Dean of Clinical Faculty in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta.

In his spare time, he enjoys playing classical chamber music with his wife and three children, skiing in the winter, and golfing and cycling in the summer.

Angela Copeland

Toronto Public Library

 

Angela Copeland, Director, Digital Strategy & CIO Digital Services & Emerging Technologies, Toronto Public Library

 

Angela is the Director, Digital Strategy & CIO Digital Services & Emerging Technologies, Toronto Public Library  |  tpl.ca. Angela comes from previous roles as Director, Data & Analytics Strategic Initiatives & Governance at Cancer Care Ontario and Chief Information Officer & Privacy Officer at Runnymede Healthcare Centre where she spearheaded change and cultural transformation through the development and tactical implementation of a strategic plan that led to the modernization of a newly-built 200-bed hospital. Other key roles have included the Director, Information Technology at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)and instructor of Health Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. Angela has a Masters of Education (M.Ed.) with a focus in Adult Education and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS).

Cassie Frazer

Canada Health Infoway

 

Program Director, Consumer Health & Innovation, Canada Health Infoway

 

Cassie Frazer has 20 years of health care experience working in numerous roles, including 12 years as a front-line Respiratory Therapist. She has a Bachelor of Science from Queens University and a Masters in Heath Administration from the University of Toronto. She was a co-founder of the Pan-Canadian Change Management Network, a leading contributor to the National Change Management Framework and is a certified health informatics professional. Cassie currently works for Canada Health Infoway as the Program Director for Consumer Health & Innovation. Within the broad portfolio of digital health initiatives she manages, she is able to leverage her experience and interests in change management, health informatics and innovation.

Shiran Isaacksz

Altum Health, UHN

 

Shiran Isaacksz, Vice President, Altum Health & Business Development at University Health Network

 

Shiran is Vice President, Altum Health & Business Development at University Health Network – one of the largest public sector health information management technology service delivery organizations in Canada. With more than 19 years of healthcare experience, Shiran’s expertise lies in leading complex and large-scale transformational projects and overseeing established regional programs. Through these experiences Shiran possesses a comprehensive view of the complex health care system with a focus on improving patient care and patient outcomes throughout the continuum of care. Shiran finds great satisfaction in tackling challenging and previously unsolvable industry issues. His collaborative approach also extends to development of unique industry partnerships, beyond the typical client-vendor role. In doing so, he assembles strong, inter-disciplinary teams with a broad range of skills, and applies a holistic approach to problem solving that results in new products and programs to support care delivery and patient experience. Shiran chose a career in healthcare as he felt an innate drive for working in a sector that aligns with his values and enables him to give back to the community at large. “All of the great work we do at UHN is patient-centric. With every decision made, we ask how we are improving the patient experience, and improving care outcomes”. Shiran believes that the patient voice must guide all healthcare activities, whether it be at the policy level in his role as President and Board Member with Digital Health Canada (Canada’s Health Informatics Association) or when planning and implementing programs at the regional and provincial level in Ontario. Shiran also enjoys supporting the digital health community through his role as an Adjunct Lecturer at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

Angela Lianos

eHealth Ontario

 

Director, Account Management, Provincial Accounts, eHealth Ontario
Angela Lianos has spent over 25 years working in healthcare including acute care facilities and healthcare policy organizations. 16 of those have been spent working in healthcare IT across the country for hospitals, software vendors as well as the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and eHealth Ontario, leading process and system optimization initiatives. Since January 2011, Angela was the Director of the Diagnostic Imaging (DI) Program which includes funding, governance, and oversight of Ontario’s four DI Repository Projects, the DI Common Service Initiative, the Independent Health Facilities integration, and the Emergency Neuro Image Transfer System. In October 2015, her responsibilities were expanded to include the Ontario Laboratories Information System (OLIS). She is currently the Director of the Provincial Accounts portfolio and also Acting Director of the Southwestern Accounts portfolio.

Shannon Malovec

PHSA

 

Shannon Malovec, Chief Digital Health Officer, Provincial Health Services Authority (British Columbia)

 

Shannon is a highly skilled health informatics leader, passionate about transforming healthcare through patient engagement and experienced in strategic planning, portfolio/program management, and systems implementation. Shannon is Chief Digital Innovation Officer for BC Provincial Health Services Authority. In her role Shannon works through with the Ministry of Health and the BC Health Authorities to drive digital health advancements in the Province. Prior to PHSA, Shannon served as Principal, Patient Engagement at TELUS Health. In her role Shannon led the strategy development, product management, delivery management, and operations of TELUS Health’s patient facing applications, including Personal Health Record, Home Health Monitoring, and EMR Portals. She also led the execution of major health transformation initiatives and was responsible for the delivery of consulting services. Shannon has also worked with a health management consulting company in Canada and in the United States and was engaged in strategic planning, project management and implementation initiatives. Shannon spent time working with various healthcare organizations, hospitals and private sector IT companies in Toronto, New York and Illinois where she was involved in the planning and implementation of a variety of clinical solutions.

Mary Sanagan

Deloitte

 

Mary Sanagan, Partner, Deloitte (Ontario)

 

Mary is a Partner in Deloitte’s Health Transformation practice and has over 20 years of large technology-enabled transformation experience in the Canadian and US health markets. Mary is a certified project management professional, and leads strategic/advisory engagements focused solely in the digital health space. Mary retains extensive knowledge of Hospital Information Systems, Electronic Health Records and departmental clinical system design and implementations. She has executed large program management, including governance establishment, resource planning, and risk management. She has a strong knowledge of hospital operationally and clinical workflows. Mary is an active presenter at national conferences, and is a published author.

Blair White

NLCHI

 

Blair White, EMR Program Director, Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information

 

My experience are cross functional in digital health. Operationally I lead the building of the first NLCHI Operational unit, from hiring staff, to implementing operational processes, as well as required tools. My role as Director of Information Protection enabled me with a vast array of experience leading privacy and security teams. Then my last seven years leading the implementation of the original Electronic Health Record (EHR) and the provincial Electronic Medical Record have given me a deep understanding of our industry, as well as many presentations provincially and nationally. When not at work I spend time outside doing various fitness activities, I also travel to see the world while hiking a mountain range, or attending a yoga retreat.  I have also spent the past 15 years coaching youth basketball locally and nationally. I have a deep passion for sport.