Health Canada Board of Directors election 2019-2020

Four 2019 – 2021 Board of Directors positions are open for election. Nominations closed March 1, 2019, and an online election will take place between April 8 – 19, 2019. All Digital Health Canada members in good standing will be notified of the election via email. Those who have been elected to the Board of Directors will be notified by April 29, 2019.

Election Update

In June 2014, Digital Health Canada updated its by-laws to comply with Canada Not for Profit Corporations Act.

In accordance with our by-laws and Articles of Continuance, Digital Health Canada can have from seven to 12 Board members, to be determined by resolution of the board. There are currently nine Digital Health Canada Board members: one President, one Vice-President, one Secretary-Treasurer, and six Directors, plus one non-voting Board Member.

In order to be a voting Director, you must be elected to the Board by the membership. Four Board Director positions are available to be filled in the 2019 election.

Board of Directors serve for two years. Board members currently fulfilling year two of their two-year terms are Dr. Raza Abidi, Helene ClementKeltie Jamieson, Shannon Malovec, Mary Sanagan, and Leon Salvail (non-voting).

Board members with two-year terms ending this year:

  • Angela Copeland, Board Vice-President (Vice President is a one-year term). Angela is running in this election.
  • Shiran Isaacksz, Board President (President is a two-year term). Shiran is in the middle of his term as President and is running in this election.
  • Ted Scott, Board Director, is running in this election
  • Gillian Sweeney, Board Secretary-Treasurer (S-T is a one-year term). Gillian is not running in this election.

Contact info@digitalhealthcanada.com if you have questions about the election, or have not received your voting link for the online election ending April 19, 2019.

Meet the 2019-2020 Candidates

Karla Avery

eCritical Alberta Operations Manager
Alberta Health Services

 

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

10 years. 

Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors?

I have been with AHS for over 20 years in progressive leadership roles and would like to contribute outside of my organization on a larger scale. I am interested in understanding challenges across Canada and learning from others. 

How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?

I recently completed my Master’s Degree in Leadership and have been using the tools learned to create a safe, engaging and inclusive environment on my team and within other teams. I enjoy collaboration and discussion about issues concerning health and health outcomes using technology and best practice. I manage teams that support critical care at the bedside as well as the complementary informatics group that has been instrumental in creating meaningful change to critical care clinical practice in Alberta. 

What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?

The eCritical team that I manage is a truly provincial program with a provincial CIS implemented across pediatric, adult, and a number of NICU 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, data access and analytics (Business intelligence and Extract, Transform, Load) analysts. I have a view into each of these very different types of services and how they need to work together closely for success. I am a collaborative leader that believes that everyone has a role to play and all perspectives should be considered when making decisions. Alberta is currently implementing Connect Care a new provincial CIS that will replace the bedside application in eCritical. I am a sub-chair on the Critical Care Area Council so am well in tuned with clinicians concerns and issues through change. In addition, when completing my Master’s degree, I chose to study how we could transform our MetaVision application transfer summary report to be easier to understand and use to aid in successful transitions when patient transferred from the ICU to medical or surgical units. Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)? No, my backgroud is Healthcare IT. While I have had lots of experience working with clinicians, I have not provided direct patient care. 

What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent?

IM/IT Practitioners; Leaders; Academic & Research. 

With which Digital Health Canada committees, task groups or activities have you volunteered in past five years?

I have not volunteered in the past five years but have attended the last two winter ANHIX sessions in Calgary and other events over the years. 

What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?

I have not had any board appointments. In the past five years I have been an Integration Manager for a lab system in Alberta and most recently working as the eCritical Operations Manager while taking my Master’s in Leadership at Royal Roads University. I also own and manage a private on-line retail sales company.

Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.

I have a passion for healthcare information technology and have worked in this area for the last 20 years in varying roles. I am willing to learn, to contribute and have a strong desire to make a difference. With my background as described above, I believe I can make meaningful contributions within Digital Health Canada. 

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

No. 

Educational Background

Master’s Degree in Leadership from Royal Roads, Certified Project Management Professional

Biography

I am currently the eCritical Operations Manager at Alberta Health Services. In this role, 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.

David Chou

VP, Principal Healthcare Analyst
Constellation Research

 

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

1 year.

Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors?

Looking to contribute to the healthcare ecosystem in Canada.

How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?

I am confident that my extensive corporate experience and leadership skills in the healthcare industry, coupled with my passion for working with entities that value the patient relationship, make me a very strong candidate for this position. I am currently based in the United States of America with experience as the Chief Information Officer and Chief Digital Officer for hospital systems over the last eighteen years, I have had the honor of working in various healthcare organizations, both national and international. This multifaceted experience has not only given me the opportunity to witness the evolvement of the healthcare industry on a global basis, but it has also given me the ability to adapt to new working environments and overcome any potential challenges, while achieving the strategic goals of each respective organization.

What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?

Enterprise Digital Business Strategy; Turnaround & Crisis Management; Social technology influencer with a focus on mobile first, cloud technology, iOT, AR/VR; Financial Management & Cost Optimization; Mergers and Acquisition Experience; Academic Medical Center Experience; Enterprise Information Systems Management; Vendor Management

Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)?

No.

What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent?

Executives/CIOs; Leaders; Academic & Research; Healthcare Institutions; Digital Health Entrepreneurs

With which Digital Health Canada committees, task groups or activities have you volunteered in past five years?

CHIEF participation as a keynote speaker

What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?

CHIME Board of Directors; Imprivata Customer Advisory Board; Microsoft Health Industry Advisory Council; NetApp CxO Advisory Board

Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.

I believe that my experience working in the academic medical centers, industry leading non-profit systems, pediatric specialty hospital, and for-profit health systems clearly evidences my ability to meet the criteria of a board member candidate. In addition to my career record of achievement at each organization with which I was and am employed, my experience also demonstrates: my ability to use sound judgment in guiding Digital Health Canada’s strategic direction; my understanding of corporate governance and commitment to public service; my ability to adapt to different work cultures and work with people from different backgrounds; my strong communication and management skills; and my in-depth knowledge of the healthcare technology industry. Finally, I also believe that my experience, as outlined also substantiate my skills and experience in the following: Operational Productivity; People Leadership; Digital/Technology Transformation; and Patient Staff and Consumer Engagement.

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

No. Committed to achieving my CPHIMS-CA.

Educational Background

Harvard Business School, MA Managing Healthcare Delivery; Cal State University, Masters in Healthcare Management; Cal State University, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Biography

David Chou has the expertise in the intersection of the healthcare systems’ stringent processes and regulations and the transformational power of technology. With nearly 20 years of experience as a senior IT executive across various health systems, David brings a CIO’s practicality to his leadership role on emerging technologies and disruptive innovation. He offers guidance to healthcare institutions and practitioners navigating digital mega trends and how to strategically apply them to hospital operations to maximize their technology investments. David’s expertise is helping a health system transition toward becoming a digital enterprise in the healthcare setting. He has worked on building a digital hospital from the ground up to turning around financially distressed health systems to profitability with the use of technology.

Jonathan Choy

Provincial Medical Director, Virtual Health
Alberta Health Services

 

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

Since 2016

Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors?

I aim to contribute wearing both clinical and administrative lenses within a provincial healthcare organization, applying my leadership skills and clinical knowledge to guide the Digital Heath Canada’s Strategic Plan at a national level.

How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?

As Provincial Medical Director of Virtual Health in Alberta Health Services, I lead the team to develop strategy and consultative co-design to transform clinical care delivery and integrate virtual health into everyday practice.  As part of this work, we are closely working with the implementation and integration of virtual care with Connect Care (Epic), the provincial EMR being launched in November 2019, which will be one of the largest deployments in North America to date.  Our team also works closely with the Innovation Assessment Team in AHS to evaluate new technologies and determine clinical suitability for integration into our provincial healthcare system.  As the clinical world moves increasingly into digital formats, my experience leading Continuing Professional Development at the national level for the Canadian Cardiovascular Society can be leveraged for knowledge translation.

What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?

I have had significant leadership experience in professional organizations.  I have had the privilege of working with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta to develop recommendations to the profession pertaining to virtual care delivery.  I have also served on numerous committees with the Alberta Medical Association examining aspects of physician compensation and modernization of the fee schedule.  With my provincial role as Medical Director for Virtual Health I have had the opportunity to craft the vision to guide virtual care integration into regular clinical care, and contribute to regular discussions with Alberta Health regarding virtual health strategy in the province.   As a practicing clinical cardiologist I also have real life experience in implementing virtual health into daily practice.

Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)?

I have been practicing as a clinical cardiologist for 20 years at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, a Tertiary Care University Based Centre.  Part of my work includes innovative models of care delivery leveraging virtual technology in caring for patients in remote, rural locations both as out-patients and in-patients.

What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent?

Executives/CIOs; Emerging Professionals; Telehealth; Clinicians; Leaders; Academic & Research; Healthcare Institutions

With which Digital Health Canada committees, task groups or activities have you volunteered in past five years?

I currently have not been on any national task groups, but have significant board experience in provincial and national organizations.

What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?

Board of Directors, Canadian Cardiovascular Society (2015-2018), Canadian Society of Echocardiography (2013-2015),  President, Section of Cardiology, Alberta Medical Association (2012-2015), Associate Dean, Clinical Faculty, Faculty of Medicine Executive Committee, University of Alberta (current), Vice-chair (non-profit), Health Arts Society of Alberta (current).

Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.

I bring a blend of clinical, administrative and leadership experience, in particular in the area of virtual health. I have a reputation of being approachable, collaborative, fair, transparent, principled and visionary. My vision of a seamless patient journey through the healthcare system is immersed in innovation in the digital and virtual care environment.

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

Not currently certified. Committed to seek certification.

Educational Background

BSc (Hons) (1998), MD (1992), MBA (2014), FRCPC (Internal Medicine 1997, Cardiology 1999), FCCS, FACC, FASE

Biography

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.

Davin Church

Vice President – Programs & Technology
eHealth Saskatchewan

 

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

6 years.

Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors?

I pride myself on my strategic outlook, and system level thinking. In a time of challenges never before faced by our healthcare system and a national focus on healthcare reform. I would be a great asset to the board in helping to resolve some of these challenges by bringing a strategic outlook to problem resolution that goes beyond simply addressing symptoms. With my knowledge and experience, I could help create plans to accelerate the use of Digital Health or Health Information & Communication Technologies (Health ICT) across Canada. Furthermore, as a member of the Digital Health Canada board, I would bring this same perspective and value and also have a forum to advocate for Digital Health nationally, as well as locally.

How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?

Since 2009, I have successfully advocated, and have been a vocal leader, for the use of Health Information & Communication Technologies, the practice of clinical Informatics and clinical workflow automation in Saskatchewan’s health care system. I have led many provincial programs and large transformational initiatives in the spaces of Electronic Medical Records (EMR), a rapid provincial deployment of Panorama, the development of the provincial Electronic Health Record (EHR) and the consolidation of acute care clinical systems, among others. Currently, I am accountable for the strategy, delivery, sustainability and maintenance of all provincial Health Information & Communication Technologies, services and infrastructure for Saskatchewan. My experience at the political level, as well as front line and citizen engagement, has positioned me to support the achievement Digital Health Canada’s vision and strategic objectives. Additionally, my organization is striving to achieve many of the same objectives regarding engagement, increasing value to our partners, empowering people, building a digital strategy for citizens, as well as brand strategy and awareness, which will enable me to bring real time learnings back to Digital Health Canada and help expedite its success.

What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?

Strategic systems thinker, pragmatic, politically astute, the lens of provincial accountability scaled to a national level.

Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)?

No.

What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent?

Executives/CIOs; Emerging Professionals; Telehealth; IM/IT Practitioners; Leaders; National eHealth Organizations

With which Digital Health Canada committees, task groups or activities have you volunteered in past five years?

N/A

What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?

Senior executive accountable for Saskatchewan’s Health Information & Communication Technologies ecosystem. Chair of many provincial committees that have been established to drive health improvements, member of the Canada Health Infoway CIO forum, member of the Health Information Management Program Advisory Committee for Saskatchewan Polytechnic and most recently a contributor to the Infoway virtual care advisory group.

Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.

I am a strong advocate for the health industry—for the health care professionals who work hard each and every day and for the future it can have to improve the lives of everyday citizens. I consistently look to innovate on what other jurisdictions have done, support my provincial counterparts in moving their strategies forward and passionate about what digital health can do for me, my friends and my family. I will bring this same mindset to the Digital Health Canada board, work to accelerate the achievement of each of the 5 Strategic objectives and never compromise on obtaining the vision that has been set. I will support the organization whole heartedly both as a Digital Health Canada board member and through my role with eHealth Saskatchewan.

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

No.

Educational Background

Bachelor of Business, Certificate of Economics, Certified in the Saskatchewan Healthcare Management System, Prosci/ADKAR Certified

Biography

As the Vice President of Programs & Technology for eHealth Saskatchewan (eHealth), I work closely with health system partners to strategize, plan, deliver, support and optimize all technology operations, transformational initiatives and operational clinical systems that will improve health information sharing and patient care. I am also responsible and accountable for the Provincial Electronic Health Record (EHR), Citizen Health Portal and all partner and customer delivered services and operations. I am always looking for new opportunities that will improve information access for providers and the quality of care for patients and families. Throughout my six years at eHealth, I have managed the community and primary health care, as well as integrated EHR programs. One of my biggest achievements was developing and leading the provincial EHR strategy and delivery. I also led the development and implementation of the Chronic Disease Management Quality Improvement Program initiative, as well as multiple provincial system consolidation initiatives. Before joining eHealth, I was the Program Lead for the Saskatchewan Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Program with the Saskatchewan Medical Association. I also worked in private sector IT in business development and relationship management.

Angela Copeland

Director, Data & Analytics Strategy, Projects & Governance
Cancer Care Ontario

 

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

15+ years.

Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors?

As current VP and Board Member I am seeking re-election because I believe in the mission and vision of Digital Health Canada and I am committed to its’ success. I have provided significant contribution  to the current strategic directions of the organization and it is important to me to see the continued advancement articulated in the next strategic plan. I am proud of how Digital Health Canada has evolved in the past 2 years, its’ accomplishments and the increase membership and interest. I am excited about the potential impact an association can have and would like to be accountable to ensure that this  materializes over the nest 2 years.

How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?

I have spent 20+ years in working in health care in the areas of data, information and technology. I have had experience working with various stakeholders including vendors, healthcare providers, and government. In particular, I have extensive expertise is the development and execution of strategic plans.

What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?

My current focus on data management and analytics have allowed me to influence the broadening of the understanding of “digital” to not just be about technology. It is a mindset that take into consideration data, information, and technology and most importantly the use by patients, consumers, caregivers, etc. I also like to think out-of-the-box and challenge norms. I believe that this has led to active debate to make the current Board very successful in ensuring we are making the right decisions.

Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)?

No.

What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent?

Executives/CIOs; IM/IT Practitioners; Leaders; Healthcare Institutions

With which Digital Health Canada committees, task groups or activities have you volunteered in past five years?

In the past I have been active with the Emerging Professionals Group. Recently, I have been part of the CHIEF Advisory Board. I also led the publication of a CHIEF white paper: A before B: A Canadian Perspective of AI in Healthcare. I am currently on the Board of Directors and as elected VP leading the development of the next strategic plan.

What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?

I have been an active Board member of Digital Health Canada for 2 years. For the last year I was elected as Vice President.

Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.

I am passionate about enabling better health outcomes through digital solutions. I am also a life-long learner who is committed to building strong relationships within the digital health community. I believe that transformation has to be driven from different perspectives. An association is an opportunity to drive change through individuals who share a common interest. I think given the current environment that this approach is critical to ensure the sustainability, improvement and growth of our healthcare system. As a re-elected member of the Board of Directors, I will ensure that Digital Health Canada continues to be the go-to organization to connect our valued community and that we as a collective have a positive impact on the future of healthcare.

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

Yes

Educational Background

Master of Education

Biography

Angela is an innovation-focused change driver with a track record of leading large-scale, complex, transformational projects. She brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in healthcare informatics to her role as the Director, Data & Analytics Strategy, Projects & Governance at Cancer Care Ontario (CCO). She is responsible for the implementation and management of the action plan to realize CCO’s Data & Analytics Strategy. She is also responsible for the execution of an integrated enterprise-wide governance framework that incorporates policy and procedure setting, risk identification and mitigation, stewardship, compliance, quality and privacy/legal applications of data management and analytics. Previously, Angela was the Chief Information Officer & Privacy Officer at Runnymede Healthcare Centre whereby she spearheaded the IT build of a new 200-bed complex continuing care hospital. As the Director, Information Technology at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), she successfully evolved the IT portfolio through a post-merger, Y2K and a multi-year site redevelopment plan. 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). She is currently the elected Vice President on the Board of Directors at Digital Health Canada. She is a passionate individual who has dedicated her career to making a difference by advancing healthcare quality and performance through IM/IT initiatives.
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Gunther Ha

Pharmacist, Application Specialist
St Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

 

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

I have been a member since 2018.

Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors?

There is no better time in my career than now to join Digital Health Canada Board of Directors. Growing up we were a family of early adopters so technology in our household was common place. From the Commodore 64 to getting an early email account in the early 90s to using the Encarta on CD-ROM when encyclopedia Britannica was still fashionable, I was always ahead of the curve. The next stage in my digital evolution was learning to program calculators to crunch common problems in school which eventually led to developing excel macros to calculate the amount of electrolytes to compound into total parenteral nutrition for hospital patients. My interests in life had always been with science & technology, however, I wanted to be in the healthcare industry to have a more direct impact in people’s lives. Having come full circle, my role as a Pharmacist has led me into clinical informatics which has given me the opportunity to design and build an Electronic Medical Record to best assist front-line clinicians in the service of thousands of patients. Joining the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors would allow me to share my knowledge and build more experiences to continue to push the boundaries of digital transformation in healthcare.

How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?

In order to meet the ever changing needs of healthcare, the adoption of innovation and technological strategies is critical. Making the connection between the healthcare provider and the technology providers is important but all too often the needs of each party are misunderstood or miscommunicated. Consequently, the importance of individuals with experience in both areas to bridge this gap is paramount. As a pharmacist working in clinical informatics, I have been involved in the successful go-live of an EPIC EMR system, transforming St Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton from a HIMSS level 1.2 to 6 on December 2nd 2017. On a personal note, I am in the process of raising my line-of-sight by completing an executive MBA at McMaster in Digital Transformation. My personal mission has been the merging healthcare and technology to improve the patient and provider experience.

What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?

Currently, the board of directors do not have pharmacist representation. I would be an asset to the group that would provide a unique perspective from the pharmacy lens in addition to informatics.

Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)?

Yes, I am a registered pharmacist in Ontario with experience as a community pharmacist and a clinical hospital pharmacist with specialization in orthopedics and internal medicine.

What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent?

Emerging Professionals; Clinicians; IM/IT Practitioners; Healthcare Institutions

With which Digital Health Canada committees, task groups or activities have you volunteered in past five years?

Regretfully I have not had the opportunity to serve on any Digital Health Canada committees or task groups as of yet.

What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?

I have not had any direct experience in a board appointment but have served as a secretary for a local executive for OPSEU and was on the bargaining team for negotiating the collective agreement. As a pharmacist I am involved in process improvement committees such as Pharmacy Operations Council, Pharmacy Quality Council and Medication Management Council, as well as several councils with goals for process improvement in the hospital setting. In the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists I act as chair of the local region and am also the national chair of the Pharmaceutical Specialties Network specifically in Pharmacy Informatics.

Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.

I have lived through clinical transformation and have been a driving force of innovation towards the digital space. My goals very much align with those of Digital Health Canada and my unique perspectives will provide valuable insight for the organization.

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

No. Committed to achieving my CPHIMS-CA.

Educational Background

MBA (candidate 2019) in Digital Transformation, B.Sc. Chem/Math, B.Sc. Pharmacy, RPh

Biography

I went to Dalhousie University graduating with a B.Sc. In Chemistry and subsequently a B.Sc. In Pharmacy. I worked as a clinical hospital pharmacist at Kingston General Hospital for 8 years and am currently at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton in the department of clinical informatics supporting the Epic EMR and pharmacy automation products. I am also in the process of completing my MBA at McMaster in Digital Transformation.

Robyn Henderson

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
The Uncomplicated Family

 

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

I became aware of Digital Health Canada a few months ago, and joined immediately. I was very excited to learn there is a well-formed, strategic organization that has been advancing health care computing in Canada since 1975; primarily because I have been seeking this community since entering the digital health sector in 2006. I recently attended the 7th Annual Digital Health Canada/ANHIX Calgary Winter Conference in Calgary on February 5, 2019. I was inspired by the group of visionaries, evidence-based thinkers, entrepreneurial catalysts, and people who (like me) believe that Canada, can achieve inclusive, integrated, and outcomes-driven health care through partnership and advocacy. I left the conference believing that I have a place with Digital Health Canada. In particular, I have the relationships, experience, vision, and energy to help advance its mandate and strategic goals. Canada’s vast geography, diversity, growing digital infrastructure, and robust network of people both nationally and internationally presents enormous opportunities for all Canadians committed to working at the intersections of clinical services, research, technology, and advocacy.

Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors?

I hope to be on the board as I believe that Canada, of any country in the world, has the resources, relationships, research, and expertise to be a world leader in the Digital Health space. My entry into the sector is grounded based both on my personal and professional passions and experiences. I am a mother of children with disabilities (Autism and Fibular Hemimelia), clinician, social entrepreneur, and advocate. With more than a billion people living with disabilities around the world, affordable, accessible, and easy-to-use digital health solutions are critical for us to live the Canadian values of patient-centred care and health equity. Since 2006, our combined clinical services and technology teams have been living Digital Health Canada’s mandate. I believe that my focus and energy will be best served working in partnership with other Directors and stakeholders to advance the organization’s goals. I am actively connecting a large, integrated professional network of people with talents to support digital health within Canada. I am involved in multiple partnerships, including leading Canada’s first EUREKA cluster project across three continents, along with leading an international consortium of 18 developers from seven countries working to jump-start the medical health gaming industry through the Panacea Gaming Platform. I have also represented Canada on several trade missions focused on digital health, along with actively sharing my “pull no punches” story and path as a social digital health entrepreneur. I am standing at the intersection of clinical expertise, client-centred services, and technology with a personal mandate to get better outcomes for families with disabilities. My goals have been to help put Canadian digital healthcare on the map in the process. I believe that Digital Health Canada will benefit from my network, experiences, ideas, and credibility, along with informing my learning as we grow.

How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?

My work and ambitions align with Digital Health Canada’s vision to seek out people who share it, especially those with the skills, knowledge, and resources to support it. The most important aspect of my experience is that I am an example of a Canadian who saw the potential of digital health, and have worked tirelessly over the past decade to create something credible, recognized, and well-established from nothing. I have experienced every aspect of what it takes to succeed in advancing digital health ideas in Canada and other jurisdictions. I have come to understand the risks, the regulatory systems, the research, the clinical expertise, and the urgent need for integrated health services and systems. I am passionate about the importance of keeping patients at the centre of the experience, the technological opportunities and limitations, and so much more. I also understand the challenge of integrating health care (historically, a highly traditional, institutionalized, risk-focused sector) with the wildly new, exciting, and emerging frontiers of technology (Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Block Chain etc) . To be more specific, my experience aligns with Digital Health Canada’s strategic plan and mandate in the following ways: I am engaged in partnerships, research contracts, service contracts, and exploratory conversations with governments, hospitals, schools, academic institutions, Indigenous communities, allied health professionals, physicians, and technology leaders across Canada and the world. My role in these partnerships has been as a clinical expert and innovation partner to assist these stakeholders in “getting connected” in the digital health movement and network. My company, Kids Uncomplicated, serves diverse, hard to reach, and, sometimes, disenfranchised populations, including isolated communities, Indigenous communities, and children and families with disabilities. We have a thirteen year track record of building trust, getting positive outcomes, and demonstrating more efficient and effective ways of working within these communities.  I am a natural connector, proponent of lifelong learning, and strong advocate for social entrepreneurs, women, children and families with disabilities, along with evidence-informed research. I am an invited member of (and mentor in) Entrepreneur Organization (EO). I was EY’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year for the Prairie Provinces for 2016. I have represented Canada on trade missions to Belgium (2016) and South Korea (2018), and converted both opportunities into prestigious, international business partnerships (i.e., The Panacea Gaming Platform; medical virtual reality hardware and software commercialization). I am the thought leader and catalyst for the highly-engaged team at The Uncomplicated Family Corporate Group, a team that has made digital platforms the base of our operations. We understand how to assess and adopt technology platforms, as well as the processes, practices, and change management emphasis required to see a digital platform effectively and efficiently support an organization’s business goals. I am a natural storyteller, brand builder, and strategist. The Uncomplicated Family Corporate Group, like Digital Health Canada, has multiple audiences and offerings. I recognize and understand the importance of highly engaging, consistent, and business-focused differentiators, and the supporting brand power that amplifies them.

What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?

While not a conventional starting point for this type of position, I am proud to report that I am a co-parent to five children, two with disabilities, above all else. I truly believe that my role as a mother has energizes me to advocate for better outcomes for vulnerable, under-served, and fringe populations. In particular, I am referring to: people in rural areas without access to specialized health services; minority populations where focused- research on their demographic is lacking; clinical practitioners requiring increased access to resources and mentorship; and populations where cost is a great barrier to health services. I believe digital health applications have the potential to be an equalizer for all these populations if we stay focused on affordable, accessible, and easy to use solutions. I hope to bring this perspective as well as a proven path of innovation and commercialization to the Board and its Members. As a board member for Digital Health Canada, I will also bring a frontline health service provider perspective, which I believe is critical in assisting all stakeholders to stay grounded in what we do, how we do it, and why we do it. This year, I am celebrating my 20th year as a Registered Speech-Language Pathologist, and I still actively serve Kids Uncomplicated’s clients when an extra clinician is required. I plan to provide insights in the form of a vision for the future, along with evidence-based thinking, which will assist the Board in plotting its next three-year strategy. I want to contribute my insights to the Board to ensure that it is grounded in what is possible, realistic, and aligned with the best interests of the network’s members, potential members, and stakeholders. My evidence-based approach to decision-making stems from clinical practice as much as my Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology and three years as a Provisional PhD Candidate in Rehabilitation Medicine. I will bring multiple examples of ways that Canada can lead digital health advancements while benefitting from a combination of national and international opportunities. Within Canada, I am: Creating digital health jobs; Sharing new models of funding, new ways of working, clinical expertise, and a path forward toward commercialization for other entrepreneurs • Partnering with Canadian innovation groups and digital infrastructure leaders to support commercialization and wide-spread distribution; Partnering with researchers who can validate and support the benefits of technology solutions in getting more equitable health outcomes for Canadians; Sharing our story as one example of a homegrown digital health success story for Alberta and Canada; Delivering digital health solutions in hospitals (e.g., a pilot study at the Stollery Children’s Hospital Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit), Indigenous communities (e.g., Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council), and rural areas in Alberta and British Columbia (i.e., families served by Kids Uncomplicated and Teleroo™) Internationally, I have been working to elevate Canada’s visibility in the digital health space by leading one of its first cluster projects to catalyze industry-driven, near to market, and pre-competitive research and development as part of the highly prestigious EUREKA cluster; Demonstrating and speaking at conferences, trade missions, and potential partners that a nation grounded in public healthcare can challenge traditional timelines, funding models, partnerships, and service delivery models to get faster, cheaper, and better outcomes, especially for under-served populations; Providing Canadian digital health solutions to companies with local distribution channels to support healthcare delivery in overseas hospitals (e.g., South Korea) and schools (e.g., United States) I will also bring the unique perspective of a small business owner who transformed our clinical services company into a Canadian technology company. Where others see closed doors, I see multiple pathways for growth. Where others see unsurmountable obstacles and competitive threats, I see the value of partnerships. My teams have lived the path of innovation, demonstrated outcomes, and are in the midst of commercialization. I believe that our story, fortitude, and ability to get unprecedented outcomes have given me a unique perspective to support Digital Health Canada to achieve the same.

Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)?

Absolutely! I am celebrating my 20th year as a Registered Speech-Language Pathologist. I have provided speech & language services directly to children and families since 1999. In 2006, I created an integrated health services company, where I provided my services, along with other allied health professionals, directly to children and families living with disabilities and severe complex needs. The company, Kids Uncomplicated, has now expanded into The Uncomplicated Family Corporate Group and includes, Teleroo™, a low-cost, video-based collaboration software. Even as I lead The Uncomplicated Family Corporate Group, I continue to stand in and serve families when it helps my teams manage their workloads. I believe in a workplace where all participants stand together, with leaders that can understand and integrate all facets of their business. It’s important for me to stay grounded in the clinical supports needed to improve quality of life for children with disabilities and their families.

What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent?

Executives/CIOs; Emerging Professionals; Telehealth; Clinicians; Vendors; Leaders; Academic & Research; Healthcare Institutions; Digital Health Entrepreneurs

With which Digital Health Canada committees, task groups or activities have you volunteered in past five years?

As a new member of the Digital Health Canada family, I haven’t yet volunteered as part of committees, task groups, or activities. (I only recently learned about Digital Health Canada). However, the reason that I am applying to be part of the Board of Directors is that I see 100 percent alignment between the work that I have been doing with The Uncomplicated Family Corporate Group and the mandate and goals of Digital Health Canada. I have strengths as a catalyst, connector, achiever, network builder, and change management specialist. I am the CEO and Founder of a combined services and technology company that has a values-based culture; a mission focused on enhancing Canada’s reputation as a digital health leader; and experience bringing new ways of working, thinking, and partnering into our clinical practice.

What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?

My predominant focus has been on building Canada’s foremost disability services company. In this role, I am leading: A team of more than 35 Allied Health professionals (OTs, PTs, SLPS, Psychologists etc); Canada’s first EUREKA cluster project, involving more than 9 partners in 5 countries across three continents ; The Panacea Gaming Platform, an international consortium of game developers, researchers and clinicians from Canada, Belgium, Turkey, South Korea and Slovenia working to develop digital health tools to help people with cognitive disabilities; The creation of Canada’s first digital health disability services advisory board.

Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.

Six years ago, I had a vision of how to inform Canada’s approach to providing disability services. My ideas were grounded in social innovation and noble intentions, but I did not know how to bring them to life. Similarly, when speaking with entrepreneurs, researchers, clinical experts, and community activators, I hear a lot of really amazing ideas that are coupled with heart and spirit. There are so many people that are passionate about getting better health outcomes for Canadians. However, many ideas fade away because many don’t know how to bring them from the incubator out into the world. There are many challenges to overcome. Some of the challenges we have experienced are in understanding clinical science, the regulatory environments, the politics, the funding models, the path to innovation, the markets and technology commercialization, to name a few. When I read about Digital Health Canada’s origins, it clicked for me: Our teams have survived on our own and also thrived in partnership with other digital health visionaries and supporters. We are all working on fledgling ideas with huge potential, and our success stories are born out of exploration, sharing emerging best practices, and enabling others to put our ideas, services, and products to use. I want to help shape, support, and advance our joint initiatives, and hope to help see Canada overcome some of our natural limitations (e.g., geography, distance, infrastructure, availability of specialists) while bolstering our current strengths and resources.

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

No. Committed to achieving my CPHIMS-CA.

Educational Background

I am a Registered Speech-Language Pathologist and social entrepreneur. My formal degrees include: • Bachelor of Arts with Distinction, including a major in linguistics and a minor psychology, from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta • Master of Arts, Communication Sciences, from Temple University in Philadelphia, USA. • Provisional PhD Candidate, Rehabilitation Medicine, from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta I have also received accolades and positive recognition for my entrepreneurial spirit and success, including: • Canadian Delegate and Subject Matter Expert, supported by the National Research Council of Canada-IRAP program and Global Affairs Canada (2018) • Alberta Business Awards of Distinction: Women Entrepreneur Award of Distinction (2017) • Ernst and Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Prairie Provinces Award (2016) • Alberta Women Entrepreneurs’ Upsurge Award (2015) • Canadian Delegate and Subject Matter Expert for Software Innovation (Belgium) (2015) • Alberta Export Award Nominee: Emerging Exporter and Leadership (2015) • Alberta Women Entrepreneurs: Icon of Alberta (2015) • Celebration of Achievement Award Nominee: Recognizing Entrepreneurial Excellence (2014) I am a member in good standing with: • Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists • Alberta Women Entrepreneurs • Entrepreneur’s Organization (Invitation only organization)

Biography

Robyn Henderson is a digital health entrepreneur with the vision, expertise, and proprietary technology to enhance quality of life for the more than one billion people affected by disabilities worldwide. Working at the intersections of clinical expertise, capacity-building, and technology, Robyn has reshaped local and global disability support services with Teleroo™, a low-cost, video-based collaboration software. As the CEO/Founder of The Uncomplicated Family corporate group, her current foci are: • Expanding clinicians’ use of Teleroo™ through video modelling and virtual reality training modules, and, • Supporting governments around the world with a fiscally responsible and clinically validated platform to meet the needs of children, families, and clinical communities in rural and isolated areas. Robyn’s combined emphasis on building long-term relationships, providing leadership support and removing all barriers to access, has positioned TUF as both a home-grown Albertan and international leader in getting the best outcomes for communities in need. Robyn is a Registered Speech-Language Pathologist and, above all else in her career, an entrepreneur with a commitment to serving children and families. Robyn lives in Calgary, Alberta with her husband, Brandon Woods. Together, they are co-parents to five amazing young people.

Dr. Chris Hobson

Chief Medical Officer
Orion Health

 

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

I have been a member of Digital Health Canada for six years.

Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors?

The Health Informatics community in Canada has been an invaluable resource to me over the last two decades, and joining the Board is one of many ways I aim to give back to this community. Over the span of my career, I’ve accumulated extensive experience in all areas of healthcare IT, from business strategy through product design and development, sales and marketing, implementation and patient safety. I’m particularly committed to giving a voice to clinicians and patients as they adjust to the brave new world of ubiquitous technology in healthcare. At this point in my career, joining the Digital Health Canada Board is the most effective avenue I have available to advance the cause of health informatics in Canada.

How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?

Digital Health Canada’s mandate and strategic plan prioritizes health system performance and innovation, advocates for technology as a key enabler, and focuses on care that is patient-centred, high quality, efficient, and continuous. My experience in health informatics over the last three decades is both deep and broad in exactly these areas and so I believe I am well-suited to support Digital Health Canada. For example, my diverse experience across multiple countries and healthcare landscapes equips me with a wealth of knowledge that I can bring to the Canadian scene. Together, these translate into practical proven achievements. I am constantly looking for how health IT fits within the current healthcare landscape and am a passionate advocate for Canada and comparisons, including how our health informatics community can do better. My approach is informed by an ethical leadership style and a solid network of HIT experts formed through my work with Orion Health and its partners. I am focused on the importance of key areas in health IT, specifically improving healthcare value and efficiency through primary care and technology, and incubating knowledge in patient-centric care coordination. These experiences demonstrate I am well-equipped to support and advance Digital Health Canada’s strategic plan and mandate.

What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?

As a health informatics executive and physician with over 20 years of global health IT experience, I bring unique value to the table with broad and deep clinical knowledge as well as a focus on clinical governance and adoption of health IT. In addition, I have a track record of highly successful global HIT experience. I have worked with numerous vendors as well as healthcare organizations, payers, providers and governments. Also, I have a proven ability to inspire others because of my dedication to the cause of health informatics. I bring extensive experience in developing and deploying shared EHRs, care coordination and population health software in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. With this international experience, I have developed a breadth of connections and strengthened my understanding of how to set strategic directions for organizations.

Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)?

Yes, I have over 15 years as a hospital-based physician and community based primary care physician. I see primary care renewal as a key step if we are to ever achieve a high performing health system and constantly refer to concepts such as the patient centered medical home (PCMH) in the strategic development of our software. In addition, I have been responsible for most of the clinical functionality and resolution of clinical issues, globally, at Orion Health since 2005. Addressing such issues requires strong ethical leadership grounded in our clinical duty to do the best by our patients.

What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent?

Clinicians; Vendors; Leaders; Digital Health Entrepreneurs

With which Digital Health Canada committees, task groups or activities have you volunteered in past five years?

Starting in 2002, I have presented papers, panels, e-posters and rapid-fire presentations at annual e-Health conferences. I have also acted as a judge for the last four e-Health Canada hackathon events. For the last three years, I have mentored several new start-up ventures who were successful hackathon participants. I am the Digital Health Canada lead on the Community of Action on e-Safety and serve on the exam item review committee for Digital Health Canada.

What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?

I have a long history of relevant strategic leadership experience over my career. In the early 2000s this included serving as the founding chairman of HL7 in New Zealand, and I was a founding board member of the first major primary care network in New Zealand, known as Procare. At Procare, I pioneered the development of risk sharing contracts with the Ministry of Health for over 600 primary care physicians. As a C level executive of Orion Health, I constantly interact with leaders of major government and private organizations across North America, especially Ministries of Health implementing provincial EHRs in Canada, and CEOs of HIEs in the US. I am currently leading the Digital Health Canada Community of Action on e–Safety workgroup which recently presented to the Federal government of Canada in Ottawa. I am on the advisory board of several start-ups and provide leadership to some 20 clinicians at Orion Health.

Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.

I have the necessary knowledge and expertise plus the experience and vision to advocate strongly for the cause of health informatics in Canada. I have had many years of building and delivering successful solutions that are being used on a daily basis by clinicians across Canada. This combination of strategic insight that brings results, coupled with front-line medical experience uniquely situates me to help Digital Health Canada grow from strength to strength.

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

Yes.

Educational Background

CPHIMSS, CPHIMSS-CA, MBA, BMedSci (Clinical Biochemistry), MBChB (Medicine), Dip HI (Health Informatics), MBA, and FRNZCGP (General Practice/Family Medicine).

Biography

Dr. Hobson has 16 years’ experience as a physician working in primary and secondary care including 10 years’ experience in Family Medicine. While working as a primary care practitioner he was instrumental in establishing the largest primary care network in New Zealand, Procare, which pioneered value-based contracting with the New Zealand Ministry of Health. During this time, he helped develop and use an EMR with full functionality including integration of electronic lab results, radiology, CPOE and e-prescribing in day-to-day practice. Subsequently Dr. Hobson worked in senior management at South Auckland Health where he oversaw the development of several integrated care and Information Technology projects such as electronic discharge letters, chronic disease management and the national immunization register for New Zealand. He worked closely with technology vendor Orion Health during that time and decided to join the company because of the important role he saw technology play in driving health system change. Since joining Orion Health, Dr. Hobson has worked globally as Chief Medical Officer in most areas of Healthcare IT, from population level health strategy through product design and development; sales marketing and implementation. Dr. Hobson has advised and made significant contributions to multiple projects and programs on both the client and vendor side as well as both payers and providers in the US. His key interests are in interoperability, technology strategy and population health with a major focus on Health Information Exchange, (aka Electronic Health Records in Canada.) He is also an expert on the evolving topic of e Safety. His significant international experience spanning Canada, New Zealand, Australia, UK, USA Spain and the Middle East enables Dr. Hobson to bring a great perspective for comparison of different health systems, including strategies that have worked well at other sites. Globally Dr. Hobson has participated and advised more than 25 Health Information Exchanges along with a significant number of chronic disease management, population health and care coordination projects. At Orion Health, Dr. Hobson leads an active team of clinicians spread across the globe and coordinates their input into products projects and other topics including e Safety. He has also served as Chief Privacy Officer for two years recently. He is an active public speaker and presenter at conferences such as eHealth Canada, HIMSS, and e Health Initiative in Washington DC.

Shiran Isaacksz

University Health Network
Senior Director – Connected Care

 

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

13 years.

Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors?

I have had the privilege of serving on the Digital Health Canada Board for the past 4 years. In those 4 years, I have served as Vice-President for 2 years and as President for the past year. In my time on this board, I have had the opportunity to work with digital health leaders from across Canada to help to grow this community. I want to join the board for an additional term to continue to build on the great momentum we have established through our new brand and establishment of unique partnerships (e. g. Hacking Health) and collaboration opportunities (e.g. Atlantic Chapter formation). As well, I want to help support the development of the new 3 year strategy to position Digital Health Canada for continued growth and success in the coming years.

How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?

For that past 20 years I have been an active member and promoter of the digital health community. Through this time, I have gained a deep understanding of many sectors in health care, having worked for both large academic teaching hospitals as well as home and community care organizations. I have also had the opportunity to collaborate with digital innovators to help tackle some our health care system issues from a different vantage point. Both my past and current work experiences strongly align with the strategic plan and mandate of Digital Health Canada. Specifically, through my work over the past decade, I have been a strong advocate for this industry by leading the development and implementation of large digital health programs across many healthcare organizations in the province. Through the creation of results driven teams and strong public private partnerships, I have been able to drive innovation at the regional, provincial and consumer level as well as helping to drive policy change at the provincial level (e.g. Centre of Excellence for Digital Health Delivery, ConnectingOntario, Project SPARK.)

What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?

My direct experience and knowledge of the various sectors of healthcare combined with my regional and provincial perspective will allow me to provide a key contribution to the Board. I understand the needs of Digital Health Canada members, who like myself, are committed to the advancement of the health informatics in Canada. Additionally, my extensive experience on the development and implementation of organizational and regional digital health strategies will continue to support the association’s goal of strengthening association capacity and membership engagement, products and services. My focus on outcomes and delivery has been supported by my investment in the creation and ongoing support of strong governance structures to ensure the success of large-scale initiatives. These experiences will be valuable in the growth and diversification of our membership while strengthening association capacity.

Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)?

I do not have direct patient care experience, but I work directly with health service providers across the continuum of care. From primary care physicians, tertiary care specialists, allied health, nursing professionals and care coordinators, I have worked in collaboration with all of these providers to delivery digital health innovation at scale.

What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent?

Executives/CIOs; IM/IT Practitioners; Leaders; Academic & Research; Healthcare Institutions; Digital Health Entrepreneurs

With which Digital Health Canada committees, task groups or activities have you volunteered in past five years?

Current Digital Health Canada Board Director (2015-2019) Current President, Digital Health Canada Board of Directors (2018-present) Vice-President, Digital Health Canada Board of Directors (2016-2017) Current Digital Health Canada CHIEF member (2013-2019) eHealth Conference Planning Committee Member (2017-2019) eHealth Conference Presenter (2007-2018) eHealth Ambassador 2016 Health Informatics Professional Task Group (HIP@work) My most significant contribution to Digital Health Canada’s mission has been the development of our current 3 year strategic plan which also included the evolution of our brand from COACH to Digital Health Canada. This evolution has positioned our association well to be a national advocate for digital health on behalf of our members as well help to broaden our community to more non-traditional entrants in the digital health space.

What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?

As an Adjunct Lecturer, Digital Health in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, I have had an opportunity to engage digital health enthusiasts from diverse perspectives and experiences, who are at different points in their career path. This ongoing engagement has helped me to better understand the needs of the digital health community as this industry and the healthcare system as a whole continues to go through significant change. I have also been a member of several executive committees at the local, regional and provincial levels (SPARK Executive Advisory, UHN Primary Care Executive Committee, Toronto Central LHIN Digital Health Advisory Council). Through my participation in these various governing bodies, I have provided strategic advice and direction, highlighted challenges faced by our providers and the patients they serve, and identified opportunities to support these challenges. These experiences have helped me to grow my network of collaborators across the health system.

Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.

I am a passionate, outcomes-focused patient and provider advocate within the digital health community. I have an established track record for strong engagement and execution on complex cross-sector, public private partnerships while supporting an enthusiastic team of individuals who are committed to the common goal of improving engagement and collaboration in our industry across Canada. As the Senior Director for the Connected Care Portfolio at University Health Network and as an Adjunct Lecturer on Digital Health at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, I have been an active contributor to the digital health knowledge base. I also understand the strengths and areas of focus for the digital health community in the coming years. Using my experiences as Digital Health Board Director, Vice President and President, I am excited to continue to build and showcase the value of what we do as well as continue to develop the next generation of digital health professionals that will drive innovation in the Canadian health system.

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

No.

Educational Background

BSc (Honours Biology); BA (Honours Psychology); MHSc (Health Administration); Rotman Advance Health Leadership Program; LEAN (Green Belt) Certification; Prosci Change Management Certification; ituational Leadership

Biography

Shiran is the Senior Director of the Connected Care Portfolio at the University Health Network. In this role, he facilitates the identification, planning and implementation of health system integration initiatives undertaken by UHN. Some of the initiatives that he has led include: Project SPARK, the ConnectingGTA Program, the GTA West Diagnostic Imaging Repository Program and the Resource Matching & Referral Program. Shiran is also an Adjunct Lecturer, Digital Health, for the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. In this role he supports the Master of Health Administration and Master of Health Informatics Programs. He also spent five years on the Senior Management team at the Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre and was responsible for the development and execution of the Information Management Strategy to support the needs of the home and community care sector in downtown Toronto. Shiran was previously the Director of Information Management, Rehabilitation, Complex and Continuing Care for St. John’s Rehab Hospital, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and West Park Healthcare Centre.

Dr. Francis Nwakire

 

Director
Think Research

 

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

1 year.

Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors?

I’m a physician who is dedicated to helping my fellow healthcare professionals and healthcare organizations provide the highest quality care to patients.I firmly believe that data-driven insight is the key to transforming our sector and have pushed for innovation and change at every level of my career. From serving in rural hospitals in under-resourced countries, to my role as the first CIO at an urban center, leading digital transformation across the entire continuum of health is a cause I’m most passionate about. I am keen to share insights and knowledge from my diverse experience, and to also learn from the wisdom that the Digital Health Canada community.

How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?

With broad experience as both a clinical practitioner and digital health evangelist, I am able to bridge the gap between the clinical and the technical. Through my professional experience, network of contacts, advocacy and relationship-building skills, I am confident in my goal to drive membership for Digital Health Canada.

What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?

Peers have long commented on my combined clinical and technology savviness. I also take pride in being helping to drive culture change and “outside the box” thinking required to enhance care delivery through technology.

Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)?

Yes. 11 years.

What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent?

Executives/CIOs; Telehealth; Clinicians; Vendors; Leaders; Academic & Research; 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?

While I have not volunteered directly with Digital Health Canada, I have contributed to digital health leadership in other ways: within my current organisation, I lead the internal Innovation Lab for example. I’m also a member of an academic program advisory board on health informatics and I’ve spent my entire career supporting healthcare organizations across North America and Africa along their technology journey.

What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?

I am on the Program Advisory Board for Health Informatics at George Brown College, sit on a community association governance board and lead the internal Innovation Lab at Think Research. I am also a founding Partner at Chart Synergy (a lean EMR Startup). I was the CIO and Medical Services Director at POSH Health Consortium.

Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.

My breadth of experience across the care delivery continuum has ignited a deep passion to drive the culture shift that is necessary to sway providers from traditional delivery models to more efficient, adaptive patient-centred care. This pivotal change would not be possible without technology, and I’m committed to helping my community leverage the vast technological resources available, including data analytics, artificial intelligence, robotics, machine learning and more.

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

Committed to achieving my CPHIMS-CA.

Educational Background

MD, MBA

Biography

Francis is a Physician, Clinical Informaticist and Digital Health Consultant with a laser focus on driving innovation and technology adoption in healthcare. Earlier years of his medical career were spent delivering healthcare to under-resourced and war-torn countries. He later served as the CIO and Medical Services Director at the POSH Health Consortium for several years. Francis now spends his time driving innovation and initiatives that facilitate efficient delivery of care and improved patient outcomes. He is currently a Director at Think Research, a leading healthcare technology company.

Emily O’Sullivan

Senior Manager
KPMG

 

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

Multiple years.

Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors?

I have seen the benefits of digital enablement of health care first-hand and want to assist in continuing to promote these benefits, especially better patient outcomes and the safer delivery of patient care across Canada. I envision Digital Health Canada playing a key role in achieving this success by connecting professionals from different communities in the industry and incubating knowledge, experience, and innovative ideas. Digital health will be a key enabler to the transformation of healthcare, and I believe I can assist Digital Health Canada help provide a platform to incubate, activate and connect the resources in the industry to achieve a successful transformation.

How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?

I started my career as a Registered Nurse and have real-world front-line experience delivering patient care, and first-hand knowledge about the challenges. This, combined with my IT diploma gives me a unique perspective that aligns and supports the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate. Throughout my career I actively promote the modernization of the EHR and IT in general to support Healthcare. I believe in building national capacity through my channels and networks. I believe in bringing people and sectors together. My experience and passion for this work is a solid fit at Digital Health Canada.

What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?

I have over 17 years of experience in the healthcare setting with a strong focus in leading large scale clinical transformations and delivering digital/cognitive strategies to healthcare organizations around the world. I bring a unique and international experience of delivering care as a Registered Nurse, and leading and implementing transformation initiatives in various managerial positions at hospitals, for vendors, provincial agencies and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)?

Yes – I started my career as a Registered Nurse. I did my diploma in Canada, my degree in Australia, then I practiced in the UK at Hammersmith Hospital, specializing in both cardiovascular surgery and then Recovery Room (PACU). When I moved back to Canada to do an IT diploma, I worked part time as an RN at UHN on a surgical cardiac unit. When I graduated from IT school I knocked at the door of SIMS explaining why they should hire me. It was my first transition point into Health IT.

What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent?

Executives/CIOs; Emerging Professionals; Clinicians; Vendors; IM/IT Practitioners; 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?

I have been working at member firms for Digital Health Canada for many years. All of my work aligns with the Mission and Vision of Digital Health Canada. I support Lydia Lee with organizing the Women in Health IT events that are organic social events held quarterly. I have run Clinical groups in two previous organizations with the goal of bridging the gap between Clinical and IT in my industry. I have contributed to materials presented at previous COACH/Digital Health Canada conferences (e.g., presentations delivered by Judy Murphy, CNO for Global IBM).

What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?

I belong to the Board of Directors for Peel Senior’s Link, in addition to sitting on the Quality Committee for this Board. I have been a member for the past 2 years.

Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.

You will gain an energetic and enthusiastic Board member, with relevant skills and expertise to help empower professional development. I will also help enhance value for the members by identifying opportunities to bring together industry professionals across different communities. I will help spread the knowledge of Digital Health Canada’s work through my network, and help drive the national strategy forward. Further, I will be a strong advocate for Digital Health Canada, and empower others to do the same.

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

No.

Educational Background

RN, BScN, MBA, PMP, IT diploma, Ambulatory Epic certification

Biography

I have over 17 years of experience in the healthcare setting with a strong focus in leading large scale clinical transformations and delivering digital/cognitive strategies to healthcare organizations around the world. Currently at KPMG Canada I continue this work. I bring a unique and international experience of delivering care as a Registered Nurse, and leading and implementing transformation initiatives in various managerial positions at hospitals, for vendors, provincial agencies and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. In addition to being a Registered Nurse, PMP, MBA, with an IT diploma, and hold an Epic Ambulatory certification. I have also worked on many Cerner projects, including large-scale multi-site implementations. Other than my experience on the vendor and hospital side, I led projects at the MOHLTC rolling out initiatives like Emergency Department Process Improvement Project (ED PIP). Further, I have also worked for agencies like Cancer Care Ontario (CCO), rolling out Oncology Provider-Order-Entry System (OPIS) province-wide. I have led various digital/technology system implementations during my stint at Eclipsys (now Allscripts) across Canada and the US. At IBM I adopted/optimized technology and knowledge-based solutions for healthcare organizations focusing on Clinical Transformations including Digital and Cognitive solutions to manage issues like Length of Stay (LOS), Avoidable Re-Admissions, Access and Flow.

Bhavana Patel

 

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

13 years.

Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors?

Digital Health Canada is a critical catalyst to ensure digital health is a key enabler to support safer, faster and better healthcare delivery. I believe in Digital Health Canada’s vision and the collaborative approach to support healthcare transformation. I am extremely excited at the prospect of joining Digital Health Canada’s Board of Directors.  I feel my 20 years of clinical experience, combined with my extensive experience as a strategic and transformational health care leader would bring great value in supporting the evolution of Digital Health Canada’s Strategic Plan.

How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?

Here are some highlights of my work/volunteer experiences that specifically align with Digital Health Canada’s strategic objectives and mandate.

Strategic Objective # 1: Enhance Membership Value Through Network Growth and Connections: At Canada Health Infoway (Infoway), I led a team to grow and expand our membership. Our team, in collaboration with the Canadian digital health community grew membership by over 30% within a year, setting a record for the highest annual number of members. We exceeded the overall growth target by 25% despite a very uncertain marketplace, and increased membership within the health service delivery sector by over 50%, and private sector by over 25%.

Strategic Objective #3: Connect Communities (Digital and Physical)/ Strategic Objective # 4: Implement Digital Business Platform: As the Change Management Lead for The SickKids Epic Health Information System Project, I led the creation and operationalization of the Change Readiness and Benefits Realization strategies/plans in collaboration with the Senior Executive Team, Clinical, Technical, Business, and People Leaders across SickKids. This was the largest clinical transformational project in the history of SickKids. We implemented a new integrated and connected health information system (including a patient/caregiver portal) on June 2, 2018 in partnership with The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and Epic Systems.

Strategic Objective # 3: Empower Professional Development and Advocacy: Since 2006, I’ve supported this strategic objective in the following ways: 1) supported the development of Canadian Health Informatics Association (COACH) Health Informatics Professional Career Matrix; 2) received my CPHIMS-CA certification in 2011 and continue to champion the the value of achieving the certification with the digital health community; 3) support capacity building by being a Digital Health Canada Educational Instructor; and 4) continue to support professional development for emerging professionals and entrepreneurs. Most recently, I was a mentor for the Fall 2018 Digital Health Canada Speed Networking MeetUp event.

What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?

The unique skills, perspectives and contributions that I would bring to the Board is as follows: 1. Front-Line Clinical Experience: Being a member of interdisciplinary clinical teams across the continuum of care and settings (both in a paper based and digitally enabled environments); 2. National and International Strategic Experience: Leading the planning and operationalization of large-scale digital health strategies, governance models, programs, and services. These experiences involved collaborating or partnering with external organizations to facilitate the adoption of digital health solutions. Examples include: establishing pan-Canadian governance structures to support adoption of health information standards; co-chairing Infoway Standards Collaborative National Clinical Advisory Committee; and representing Infoway or Canada at international events/committees/meetings (e.g. ISO Technical Committee [TC] 215-Health Informatics, International Health Terminology Standards Development Organization [IHTSDO], and Health Level Seven [HL7]); 3. Conference/Event Planning: Leading or supporting the planning of international and national digital health conferences/events. Examples include: ISO TC 215 Global Summit III-Connecting with Clinicians; Infoway’s Partnership Conferences and COACH e-health events; 4. Education and Capacity Building: Providing ongoing education and guidance to support digital health capacity building and professional development. Examples include: being a George Brown College Health Informatics Program Advisory Committee Member; speaking at academic institutions and events (e.g. McMaster University, Ontario MD Physician Peer Leader Retreat, Canadian Nursing Informatics Association, eHealth/Infoway Partnership Conferences); conducting Digital Health workshops (e.g. Managing e Health Change, Evaluate to Accelerate); publishing articles (e.g. Healthcare Information Management Communications & Canada, COACH Central); and supporting national digital health hackathons; 5. Consumer & Patient Engagement: Engaging consumers/patients/caregivers in a meaningful way with the planning and implementation of provincial or local healthcare transformation initiatives. Examples include: planning and implementation of SickKids new health information system, and creation of Health Quality Ontario’s inaugural Health Equity Strategic Plan.

Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)?

Yes. I have worked as a front line clinician within interdisciplinary teams across the continuum of care and settings (both in Ontario and in the UK). I am also a Child Life Specialist volunteer at SickKids Hospital and rotate amongst various clinical areas.

What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent?

Clinicians, Leaders, Digital Health Entrepreneurs, National e health organizations, Healthcare Institutions, Telehealth

With which Digital Health Canada committees, task groups or activities have you volunteered in past five years?

In the past 5 years, my volunteer experience within Digital Health Canada includes the following: 1) Canada’s Health Informatics Association (COACH) Clinical Advisory Committee Member (2010-2015); 2) Digital Health Canada Educational Instructor for CPHIMS-CA Certification Preparation: Change Management/Clinical Health Sciences/Health Informatics Leadership (2013-Present); and, 3) Emerging Professionals and Entrepreneurs Mentor (2011-Present). Most recently, I was as a mentor for Digital Health Canada’s MeetUp Speed Networking Event in the Fall 2018.

What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?

COACH Clinical Advisory Committee (2010-2015): Provided clinical leadership guidance to advance COACH’s vision and mission; Health Quality Ontario (2015-2017): Prepared and presented to the Board of Directors to seek their advice and approval on HQO’s inaugural Health Equity Strategic Plan. Other (2014-2019): Chaired and/or participated as a member of provincial and local governance committees supporting large-scale health care transformational initiatives (e.g. HQO Health Equity External Advisory Committee, SickKids Epic Change Readiness Committee, Cancer Care Ontario Data & Analytics Operational Readiness Committee).

Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.

There are 5 reasons why Digital Health Canada members should consider voting for me: 1. Champion of Digital Health: I have the passion and the depth of experience to help Digital Health Canada achieve its vision and support the evolution of the current plan; 2. Clinical Voice: In 2005, I transitioned from being a front line clinician to a change leader within the digital health sector. I wanted to ensure the clinical perspective was incorporated with the planning and implementation of digital health solutions; 3. Change Leader: Since 2006, I continue to pursue digital health transformational roles that support the benefits realization of digitization within the healthcare sector (nationally, provincially and locally); 4. Commitment to Digital Health Canada’s Mandate: Since 2006, I have been an active member of COACH/Digital Health Canada. I continue to give back to the digital health community, and support the mandate through volunteering as shared above (e.g. committee participation, educational instruction, mentorship, etc.); 5. Collaborative Leader & Connector: Not only will I bring my digital health experiences and learning’s (both at a system and at a local level), I will also bring my collaborative leadership style and ability to connect with people. This will enable me to have a positive impact and help make a difference.

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

Yes. I’ve had my certification since 2011.

Educational Background

1. Ontario Hospital Association Lean Healthcare Green Belt (2016-Present); 2. Prosci® Change Management Certified (2013-Present); 3. Certified Professional in Health Information and Management Systems, CPHIMS, CPHIMS-CA (2011-Present); 4. Health Informatics Certificate Program, George Brown College (2005-2006); 5. Bachelor’s of Health Sciences (Post Graduate Degree), Physiotherapy 1996-1998; 6. Bachelor’s of Science, Kinesiology (Major), Gerontology (Minor), University of Waterloo 1992-1996

Biography

Bhavana Patel is a strategic change leader with over 20 years of progressive health care experience, including working as a front-line physiotherapist across the continuum of care, both in Ontario and the UK. She has held transformational leadership roles at Canada Health Infoway, Health Quality Ontario, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and Cancer Care Ontario. She is a member of the Pan-Canadian Digital Health Change Management Network, and is certified in CPHIMS-CA, PROSCI ® Change Management, and Lean HealthCare (Green Belt). She has led and supported large-scale complex health care transformational initiatives by leveraging her clinical, strategic, partnership, and quality improvement experiences. Recently, as a Change Management Lead, she provided change and benefits realization leadership for the largest and most complex clinical transformational project to date at SickKids. This multi-year project successfully implemented a new integrated health information system on June 2, 2018 in partnership with The Children’s Hospital for Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and Epic Systems. She also gives back to the community by volunteering as a Digital Health Canada Educational Instructor, and as a SickKids Child Life Specialist volunteer.

 

Rishma Pradhan

Portfolio Manager
Local Health Integrated Networks

 

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

Since 2014 (5 years)

Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors?

I have spent the last several years working within Ontario’s health sector as the Digital Health Portfolio Manager for the Central Ontario Cluster Local Health Integrated Networks (LHINs).  Reporting directly to the Regional CIO, I am responsible for the oversight of digital health initiatives for multiple stakeholders (e.g. hospitals, community care, primary care, long term care, mental health and addictions). I entered the healthcare sector after 10 years in the private sector and specialize in portfolio management, strategic planning, process improvement, change management and team leadership. This is a perfect time in my career to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors as I have a deep appreciation for the challenges and opportunities we face in the healthcare sector and see digital health as a significant enabler of positive change. My hope would be to bring both my private and public sector knowledge and skill set to help advance co-design in healthcare and what better time than now when the current government has announced an intention to significantly transform Ontario’s health system.

How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?

Throughout my career I have enjoyed being involved with committees and organizations that can help foster growth in individuals. Currently, I am an active member of the PAN LHIN Projects Community of Practice where I bring knowledge from PMI to roundtable discussions on efficiently running projects and successful change management tactics. I also run a Harvard Manage Mentor training club where we meet quarterly to discuss modules such as career management, influencing others, and leadership. Additionally, as a past volunteer for a young professional’s organization, I have helped to enhance professional development via leadership seminars, mentoring and speaker events. I would bring my experience and passion for digital health to foster ideas to enhance membership value such as additional online resources, innovation labs and promotion of co-design from the onset of projects. Continuing to help increase knowledge of digital health advancements to enhance patient experiences such as new virtual care tools, patient portals and secure messaging. Furthermore, I would love to explore ways to assist with professional development by creating mentorship relationships and offering skill development workshops.

What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?

I possess a deep understanding and respect for the fundamentals of change management and the need to engage stakeholders from the outset in order to achieve tangible and sustainable results.  Combined with my portfolio management skills and my ability to mobilize efforts to affect broad system change, I would welcome the opportunity to partner with others to direct the important work that Digital Health Canada performs. Furthermore, I value relationships and ensure that I build and nurture relationships in order to gain knowledge and collaborate together to achieve shared goals. I would be an engaged Board member and would seek to make a significant contribution.  

Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)?

While I do not have formal direct patient care experience, I have had a lot of experience within the system. Unfortunately, my most compelling experience was as a primary caregiver to my father, following a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Dealing with hospitals, oncologist surgeons, nurses and eventually palliative care teams provided an intensive immersion into the complexities of patient care. The fact that even in recent years, we still needed to cart around a bulky binder to deal with health professionals working in disparate silos was an eye opener. Whether it was navigating acute care or home care, the provision and sharing of clinical information across various service delivery partners was a challenge and a risk; for accurate and timely information was and is critical to all those who interact with the patient. My experience led me to reconsider my professional career path and resulted in me leaving the oil and gas industry in the hopes that I may contribute to the improvement of information management and digital health within Ontario’s healthcare system. As the years have passed since my fathers passing, the lack of integration with Digital Health assets is still prevalent. I would welcome the opportunity to work with others on the Board to advance integration, improve access and leverage digital health as a significant enabler in the quest to improve healthcare in nationally.

What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent?

Emerging Professionals; IM/IT Practitioners; Healthcare Institutions

With which Digital Health Canada committees, task groups or activities have you volunteered in past five years?

While I have not formally volunteered on Digital Health Canada committees within the last 5 years, I am an active promoter of Digital Health Canada. I regularly attend the Webinar Wednesdays and have attended numerous events. More importantly I routinely promote and advocate for the association. As I am a shared resource for multiple LHINs and run the Digital Health Enterprise Portfolio Management Office, I ensure my team is aware of the resources offered by Digital Health Canada; I share events and actively encourage participation. My most significant contribution is the use of the knowledge and tools available via the Association. I consider myself an “Ambassador” as I integrate my learnings into my work, encourage the engagement of others and support the organization’s mission to connect, inspire and educate digital health professionals.

What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?

As the Portfolio Manager for the Central Ontario Cluster of LHINs, I have built and manage the Enterprise Portfolio Management Office which is responsible for the planning and monitoring of digital health technology/systems for multiple sectors (e.g. hospitals, community care, primary care, long term care, mental health and addictions). Working with multiple LHINs, I lead the fiscal planning for digital health working with multiple stakeholders such as the Ministry of Health, Ontario MD, eHealth Ontario and Ontario Telemedicine Network. I also participated on various working groups in which collaboration and co-design are the most necessary assets to ensure progress towards a goal or mission; similar to that of a board. From 2009 to 2014, I was the president and chair of a non-profit young professionals association with a mandate to build the knowledge, skills and research capabilities of young professionals to aid career advancement and leadership. I led a 10 person and achieved the following: Significantly improved programming via leadership development, mentorship, and events; Strategically designed and implemented new organization structure to increase functionality and growth; Utilized exceptional communication and diplomacy skills to resolve conflicts amongst board members.

Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.

In my time with the Central Ontario Cluster LHINs, I have established a broad knowledge of provincial, local and regional projects in the areas of referral management, Hospital Information System integration, hospital report manager, eConsult, eNotification, telehomecare, registries, health links and care coordination tools. I am also very fortunate to have developed strong and healthy relationships with provincial delivery partners such as Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN), Ontario MD, eHealth Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Our collaborative work has garnered shared successes while creating a foundation upon which more lasting change can be built. I believe that Digital Health Canada members should vote for me because I would bring the regional Local Health Integration perspective. As the Toronto Star wrote; Ontario is embarking on the “biggest change” in Ontario’s health system since Medicare was created half a century ago. I believe that it will be important for Digital Health Canada to have a member of the board that can balance strategic visioning with the realities of “on the ground” opportunities and challenges within Ontario, something which the rest of Canada will be paying close attention to. Furthermore, I have proven skills and success in bringing people together to address a shared vision as well as a reputation for integrity in addressing challenges. I am solutions focused and believe that digital health is a critical success factor in addressing the challenges and complexities of Ontario’s health care system. Being a part of the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors will allow me to apply my passion to an organization that brings together industry leaders, creates and nurtures an environment for learning and helps to advance digital health at all aspects of the healthcare system.

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

Committed to achieving my CPHIMS-CA

Educational Background

Master of Business Administration in Strategy and Nonprofit Management & Leadership; Schulich School of Business; MBA exchange: ESSEC International School of Management; Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction, Major: Information Systems; Minor: Marketing; McGill University; Diplôme d’études Collégiales, Health Science Cegep Vanier

Biography

Accomplished professional having multifaceted experience across both private and public sectors with a specialization in portfolio management, ehealth, strategic planning and team leadership. Currently report directly to the CIO for the Central Ontario Cluster LHINs (Central West LHIN, Mississauga Halton LHIN, Central East LHIN, North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN). Built and manage the Enterprise Portfolio Management Office responsible for the strategic planning and monitoring of digital health technology/systems for multiple sectors (e.g. hospitals, community care, primary care, long term care, mental health and addictions). Practical knowledge of provincial, regional and hospital Digital Health systems with experience in digital health systems across sectors. Established a broad knowledge of provincial, cluster, and local projects in the areas of Referral Management, Hospital Information System Integration, Hospital Report Manager, eConsult, eNotification, Telehomecare, Registries, Health Links, and Care Coordination tools. Enjoy collaborative relationships with leaders in the field such as Ontario Telemedicine Network, Ontario MD, eHealth Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to contribute to a shared vision of improving and enhancing patient care.

Kyle Schilke

National Account Manager
Amazon Web Services

 

How long have you been a member of Digital Health Canada?”

5 years.

Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors?

I’ve seen IT solutions create a difference in clinical care and in the life of patients. I know my daily actions in healthcare can make a difference to those around me.

How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?

After supporting the Healthcare industry for 18 years I’ve created the connections and now educate our new customers on solutions from my employer and partners that inspire innovation and the need to tackle some of our biggest HC challenges.

What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?

I have a broad understanding of IT and healthcare acumen, my perspective and resonsibility to Amazon is national. While working for the fastest growing IT services company in history I have brought and will continue to bring great resources that can provide a global perspective on the world’s healthcare issues and how we can work together to solve them.

Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)?

Been a patient yes, worked as a clinician no.

What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent?

Executives/CIOs; Emerging Professionals; Telehealth; Vendors; IM/IT Practitioners; 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?

CHIEF, CHIEF advisory committee, Several White papers and now on Emerging Technology committee

What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?

ITAC HC Board last 4 years. National Sales Lead at Dell for Dell Services, National in Leadership at VMware and now at Amazon Web Services

Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.

I would encourage Digital Health Canada members to vote for me for my passion for CHIEF, Digital Health Canada and voice in partnerships. No other association in Canada brings together the level or resources and teams that we have in the last few years. Unfortunately our secret is too safe and many healthcare organizations need to be encourage and sold on the value of Digital Health Canada and CHIEF. In my day to day activities visiting Federal, Provincial, Genomic, LifeSciences and Hospital Providers I make mention of the value that DHC and CHIEF bring to myself and my AWS team daily. As a member of the board one of my goals is to make sure we are truly national and encourage membership and involvement for the improvement and new partnerships that we need to create.

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

No. Committed to achieving my CPHIMS-CA.

Educational Background

Hns. History and Minor Political Science, WLU.

Biography

An Account Executive with proven a background and experience. I lead teams that create innovative solutions and services to solve customer challenges. My sales background is coupled with extensive solutions selling and business development by utilizing technical, marketing and operations teams. My background includes 19 years devoted to the Canadian public sector in Canada including healthcare, education, federal, provincial and local governments. I have also developed extension relationships with healthcare strategists and senior sales leaders in the United States from my experience at Dell and VMware. I am currently responsible for Amazon Web Service’s (AWS) relationships within the Ontario Healthcare market. In my direct role I also serve as a healthcare lead within AWS Canada. I also am an active participant with Digital Health Canada (formerly COACH – Canada’s Health Informatics Association) as well as continued involvement with CHIEF (Canadian Health Informatics Executive Forum). Proven executive with testimonial case studies addressing customers unique needs and challenges. Some of my proudest case studies include: Halton Healthcare, Women’s College Hospital, Group Health Centre, Lakeridge Health, Queen’s University Applied Sciences and Engineering and the Scarborugh Hospital

Ted Scott

Vice President Research & Chief Innovation Officer
Hamilton Health Sciences

 

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

9 years.

Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors?

I would like to contribute to the renewal of the Digital Health Canada strategy. I am most interested in the opportunity to support digital health interventions engaging consumers, clinicians and industry professionals in new ways.

How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?

My work has aligned very closely with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate. I have a great deal of experience in building communities and value creation. As a co-founder of Apps for Health, I was able to develop new relationships between academic, industry and clinical leaders. Further, I have been successful in starting new research and innovation initiatives using many of the skills that will be needed at the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors.

What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?

Providing leadership and expertise in the delivery of virtual care research projects with a view to spreading the research projects into adjacent care pathways and sustaining them as innovative clinical services. Active areas of development address perioperative care using remote automated monitoring technology and patient self-management tools. Related work is underway to develop capacity for clinical informatics and bioinformatics research leveraging AI and machine learning methods. Further, my work at HHS includes a refresh of the governance for HHS research and streamlining of research services.

Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)?

I worked a an MRT and Diagnostic Sonographer in small and large teaching hospitals from 1988-1999

What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent?

Executives/CIOs; Telehealth; Clinicians; Vendors; Leaders; Academic & Research; 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?

I have contributed towards the Digital Health Canada events as a panelist at numerous events over the past 5 years. I have also reviewed presentation abstracts for the annual conference.

What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?

I am Chair of the Synapse Life Sciences Consortium and member of the Canadian Academic Hospitals of Ontario, Innovation Committe and Research Committee

Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.

I have more than 30 years of experience in Digital Health stemming from a transition from film-based imaging to digital imaging in the 80’s and 90’s and expanding to a body of work encompassing standards development and innovation in clinical workflows. I am also highly committed to the deployment of new applications of digital tools in healthcare, specifically within clinical care pathways. I am a strong advocate for digital health innovation in the engagement and empowerment of citizens in our community.

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

Yes

Educational Background

PhD, MAppSc, CPHIMS-CA

Biography

Dr. Scott is an expert digital health strategist and has a wealth of experience in industry relations and procurement, as well as in innovation policy. He has been instrumental in stewarding industry relationships, providing leadership for numerous, public-private, multi-million-dollar projects. Prior to his work at HHS, he was inaugural Chief Innovation Officer at Mohawk College and led the development of the college’s applied research and innovation programs. In this role, he facilitated the development of large scale, digital health solutions in Canada, Africa and South Asia. In recognition of his achievements, Ted has received the Distinguished Fellow- Adjunct Professor award in 2016 from Mohawk College and the Alumni of Distinction Award in 2007. Ted has also been recognized for his excellence in education and industry partnerships by the Hamilton Industry Education Council and his research has been recognized through several awards. Ted holds a Masters of Applied Science in Medical Ultrasound and a PhD in Diagnostic Imaging from Charles Sturt University of Australia.

Paul Sulkers

Director
PRS Consulting

 

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

25 + years – with Digital Health Canada and COACH, beginning with attendance at the first COACH Conference in 1976.

Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors?

My goal in joining the Board is to assist DHC in advocating for key enablers and policy change, particularly related to scalability and a Canadian health IT economy, supporting “jobs for our kids”. Our industry is at an inflection point, with informatics being more critical than ever in the enablement of health transformation. I believe passionately in the growth of Canadian intellectual property within our health IT private sector, as well as the critical need to scale healthcare innovation rapidly across populations. I also wish to contribute my 40+ years in health IT, providing guidance and insights supporting future DHC plans, related to both education of our clinical and IT workforce, including education for our students, as well as shaping and advocating strategic DHC points of view. I believe that I will bring value to the DHC Board by sharing my unique blend of both private and public sector background, as well as a deep understanding of emerging technologies so critical for healthcare transformation.

How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?

As an independent, I am able to relate to the DHC members, representing a balanced view across their varied interests, having worked within public sector health organizations as well as the health IT vendor and consulting community. I will bring my knowledge of health transformation globally, gained through my years at IBM, specifically related to value-based care, population health management, digital health, AI and clinical process orchestration. My experience offers a breadth and depth in the critical enabling technologies that are key to health care transformation, specifically digital health, security, consumer engagement, advanced analytics, as well as the emergence of AI and Blockchain. I will assist DHC to connect communities, advocate for policy change, and guide the incubation of knowledge by supporting cross-sector working groups and developing of education content.

What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?

I believe that my unique perspective, blending both private sector and public sector, including roles in large scale system integration projects, clinical software development, strategic consulting as well as business acumen, will allow me to provide guidance within the DHC Board. Through my exposure to IBM Research and emerging technologies, I will assist DHC to shape key offerings and advocate for policy evolution. I believe that I am uniquely positioned to relate to DHC members and offer a balance in priorities or ideas. One of our industries greatest challenges is the need to rapidly scale health innovation across entire populations, and my many years within IBM allows me to bring perspectives on large scale integration and scalability – I will bring this knowledge to DHC both at a Board level, but also in shaping DHC offerings. I also bring my view of global research and technology via my exposure to IBM Research and US software vendors, which I am able to combine with my engagements with Canadian health IT start-ups, in order to support DHC’s advocacy role related to an emerging Canadian health IT economy.

Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)?

No, I have never had any direct patient care experience. However, I have the privilege of being mentored by Canada’s leading clinical and health administration executives who have paved the way for ehealth from the mid-70’s.

What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent?

Executives/CIOs; Emerging Professionals; Clinicians; Vendors; IM/IT Practitioners; Leaders; Academic & Research; 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?

I have not had the opportunity to contribute in the past 5 years due to my business interests. I have contributed to COACH over the years, and did serve on the COACH Board for 3 years in the early 80’s.

What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?

I have held Board positions – Saint Elizabeth (SE) Healthcare Board (2005-2009); COACH Board (1982-1985). I am currently leading the advanced technology team at Compugen, designing the digital platform for the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital. I hold an Adjunct Lecturer appointment with the Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the U of Toronto, teaching within the Master in Health Informatics Program. I led the IBM Health team for Ontario and was a member of the IBM National Health team (2004-2018), with a focus on consumer engagement, analytics and process enablement.

Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.

As an independent, I am able to represent all members objectively – both public sector as well as the vendor and consulting community. I understand your diverse interests, pressures and priorities and will be able to assist DHC to develop strategies and offerings that best reflect a balanced view. I am passionate about enabling real healthcare transformation for the Canadian population, while growing “jobs for our kids” via a vibrant Canadian Health IT economy.  Our industry is a ‘team sport’, and I have great ability to lead teams, advocate for key policies, and gain consensus, both with my fellow DHC Board members, as well as in working groups with the DHC membership. I believe that I can offer sound strategic advice to the DHC Board in terms of the types of education, support programs, certification tools as well as DHC investments in developing key content and working groups. My years in IBM also provides a strong business background to ensure strategies have a strong economic and value proposition.

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

No. I am committed to achieving my CPHIMS-CA in 2019.

Educational Background

M.Sc in Computing Science – University of Alberta (1972-74); B.Sc in Computing Science – University of Alberta (1967-71)

Biography

Extensive experience with digital health, excelling at solution strategies to transform healthcare, building consensus among clinicians and health executives, and shaping a vision for transformation that is exciting, innovative, and achievable. Recognized for his ability to lead teams, gain buy-in from all stakeholders, infuse IT enablers, and communicate effectively at all levels of an organization. Excels at forming creative solutions for complex challenges. Executive management of clinical system implementation founded upon effective information management and system integration principles. Consistently led ‘first of a kind’ initiatives to apply IT enablers to transform healthcare. Leadership roles based on a deep understanding of the healthcare industry and emerging technologies. Adjunct Lecturer at U of Toronto’s IHPME. Expertise in developing solution strategies; Foundation in IM and IT service delivery; Value-based care frameworks; Care delivery transformation; Digital Hospitals; Consumer engagement; Population health management; Regional clinical information systems; Research data commons; HIMSS’7 EMR roadmaps; Design Thinking and agility; Mobility and IOT; AI and advanced analytics; Blockchain in healthcare; Process orchestration; Health IT Blueprints; System integration competencies; Private and public Cloud Employment History 2018- Present Managing Director, PRS Consulting 2007-2018; Ontario Industry Executive, IBM Canada Healthcare 2005-2007 CIO, Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network 1998-2005 Health Associate Partner, IBM Australia 1996-1998; Health Solutions Executive, IBM Canada 1992-1996; Managing Director, Health Technology Management 1991-1992; Vice-President, Baxter Healthcare (IBAX) 1985-1991; National Services Manager & Project Executive, Baxter Health 1980-1985; Manager Systems Development, British Columbia Health Association 1974-1980; Health Industry Specialist, IBM Canada.

Blair White

EMR Program Director
Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information

 

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

10 years.

Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors?

Currently, I lead the team responsible for implementing the electronic medical record (EMR) in Newfoundland and Labrador. This has been a very rewarding experience which has allowed me to see firsthand the benefits of eHealth. This, coupled with my past experiences in health care technology has fostered my passion for digital health. My deep passion for this industry has become my personal hobby. I feel confident in my knowledge of the industry and would like to lend my knowledge and experience to help set national direction for Digital Health Canada.

How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?

My experiences in the digital health industry are well-aligned with Digital Health Canada’s mandate and strategic plan. I have extensive experience connecting healthcare organizations and have worked across multiple healthcare organizations to deliver clinical solutions to frontline healthcare. In particular, my experiences include leading the implementation of the original electronic health record (EHR) blueprint in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) and currently, the implementation of the electronic medical record (EMR) program in NL, both of which are aligning health organizations within our community. These projects have allowed me to gain insight and experience in ‘promoting the effective use of technology in health’ and the importance of information sharing and collaboration in the implementation of new technology and systems as well as to inform health decision-making. I have also been involved with and continue to be involved with several healthcare innovation projects such as Digital Health Community of Action on Innovation, as well as leading a Community of Action for the Atlantic branch of digital health which are ‘connecting, inspiring and educating digital health professionals who are creating the future of health in Canada.’

What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?

I bring the unique perspective of leading the implementation of front line clinical software. These experiences have allowed me to see the value of collaboration and education and equipped me with the skills required to work across multiple governance organizations as well as incorporate the operational elements to deliver one common solution. I also bring experience in the governance of healthcare data. My experience on the EMR implementation has exposed me to the legal framework required for sharing data as a complex custodianship model. Through my execution and operational experiences of both an EHR and EMR, I bring a wealth of vendor management experience. I also understand vendor thinking and potential pain points in our industry. Further, I bring perspectives learned from working with the provincial Health Ministry, along with federal oversight and funding organizations. Overall, I have a broad knowledge of the many stakeholders involved in digital health in Canada. I understand the various strategic visions involved and where the similarities and differences lie in those visions. I am passionate about digital health in Canada and believe that my tangible experiences in Newfoundland and Labrador would benefit the Digital Health Canada Board.

Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)?

My experiences to date involve working with frontline clinics and health care providers who deliver patient care using technology that allows them to enhance levels of patient care. While I have not been involved in direct patient care, I feel that I have gained considerable knowledge and experience from the clinicians who have been part of the EHR and EMR implementation processes.

What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent?

Executives/CIOs; Telehealth; IM/IT Practitioners; Leaders; Healthcare Institutions; National eHealth Organizations

With which Digital Health Canada committees, task groups or activities have you volunteered in past five years?

Presently I am a member of the Enterprise Innovation CoA. I am also leading a CoA for the Atlantic chapter. I have also been a team member for the eSafety Guidelines, as well as the HIP work. The eSafety work would be my most significant contribution thus far. I anticipate the lead role for the Atlantic chapter will be a significant role also.

What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?

My experience leading the EMR program in Newfoundland and Labrador has provided me with significant experience in multi-organizational governed programs. This experience has fostered my ability to collaborate at a high level and across a number of groups. As Digital Health Canada is focused on collaborating across the healthcare industry of Canada, I believe that my leadership experience will allow me to make a valuable contribution. I have been chair of the NLCHI leadership committee, I participate in monthly NLCHI Board committees, and lead the NL provincial EMR Governance Committee

Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.

I am passionate about digital health care in Canada and have seen firsthand the valuable benefits that new technology can bring to patient care. I also understand the value of collaboration in the development and implementation of healthcare technology. Connecting with others in the industry inspires new ideas, allows us to share information across provinces and supports the growth of digital health. It also further strengthens patient care. Digital Health Canada is focused on advocating for professionals and the industry, connecting communities and incubating knowledge. I believe that my experiences in the successful implementation of healthcare technologies in Newfoundland and Labrador have provided me with the knowledge and skills necessary to collaborate with others across the country to further the strategic priorities of Digital Health Canada and to connect care, leading to improved health outcomes.

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

Yes.

Educational Background

Degrees; 1. Bachelor of Computer Science, St. Francis Xavier University – 1994 2. Bachelor of Information Systems, St. Francis Xavier University – 1995 3. mini-MBA, McGill University – presently completing Designations; 1. Public Sector Leadership Program, Memorial University of NL-2013 2. CPHIMS-CA – 2011 3. ITIL foundations – 2007 4. Project Management Professional (PMP)- 2006 5. Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) – 2005 6. IBM – Unix Specialists – 2000 7. Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MSCE) – 1998 8. Certified Level III National Sport Coach – 2013

Biography

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.