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Atlantic Chapter Regional Conference

September 24

Digital Pathways to Optimizing Patient Flow

Digital Health Canada’s inaugural Atlantic Chapter Regional Conference will take in Halifax on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. The one-day conference offers networking and learning for digital health professionals from across the Atlantic Region. To register using Digital Health Canada Member rates, join today.

Conference Agenda for Tuesday, September 24

Time Event
8AM Networking Breakfast
8:30AM Welcome Remarks
8:45AM Opening Keynote
9:45AM International Panel and Presentation: How Lessons Learned in the Tonga Healthcare System Align with Improving Patient Flow in Canada
Walter Hurrell, Chief Information Officer, Health ICT and Data Management, Corporate Services, Ministry of Health, Kingdom of Tonga; Pamela Wyatt, Principal Public Management Specialist (Governance), Asian Development Bank; Chris Nickerson, Management Consultant, Gevity
Gevity has been working on building an RFP in Tonga to implement a national health information system with the goal of improving continuity of care and the flow of patients through the Tongan health care system by creating a national health identifier; creating a single, unified health record; and supporting improved lab/DI ordering and referral workflows.
How is this relevant to the Canadian context? Lessons learned from the Tonga initiative are highly relevant in our provincial healthcare context. Many Canadian provinces are in the process of integrating their patient records to streamline and improve patient flow and continuity of care. This session focuses on the goals and outcomes of the Tonga initiative, focusing on how a single patient identifier and a unified health record helps achieve both organizational efficiencies and a better, safer patient experience.
10:30AM Networking Break and Showcase
11AM Panel Discussion
12PM Networking Lunch
1PM Presentation and Panel Discussion: Collaborating on Innovation
Sandra Cascadden, Associate Deputy Minister, Health and Wellness, Government of Nova ScotiaShawn Porter, Director, Public Sector Innovation GarageMatthew So, Eastern Health NL
2PM Networking Break and Atlantic Health Datapolooza Showcase
2:30PM Presentation: Development of a Bed Board to Improve Patient Flow at Health PEI 
Heather Diamond, Manager Patient Flow & System Utilization, HPEI; Barb Stewart, IT Consultant with the Clinical Information System, ITSS, Government of PEI
3PM Rapid Fire Presentations – Atlantic Health Datapolooza: Information – Ideas – Innovation
3:30PM Closing Presentation
4:15PM Spotlight on the Digital Health Canada Atlantic Regional’s Chapter
4:30PM Closing Remarks



  • Early Bird Rate (for Digital Health Canada Members): $129 (until August 9, 2019)
  • Regular Rate (for Digital Health Canada Members): $179 (after August 9, 2019)
  • Non-Member Rate: $229
  • Student Rate: $50 (limited availability)
  • Special 10-ticket bundle registration: $1250
  • Special 25 ticket bundle: $2900


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Four Points by Sheraton Halifax
1496 Hollis Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3Z1 Canada
+1 902-423-4444


Digital Health Canada
(647) 775-8555