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6th Annual Calgary Winter Digital Health Canada/ANHIX Conference
February 6 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm MST
6th Annual Digital Health Canada/ANHIX Calgary Winter Conference
Enabling Effective Community Healthcare
In order to address the combination of increasing healthcare delivery costs, an aging population, and a higher level of acuity in the community caseload, the trend towards moving healthcare delivery outside the walls of traditional hospitals and institutions must be accelerated—and community care providers must be included as an equal partner within the patient’s circle of care. Patient encounters and clinical interventions must be shared with the circle of care regardless of where they occur.
Attendees at the Digital Health Canada/ANHIX Calgary Winter Conference explored effective care delivery issues and opportunities, examined current Alberta initiatives that are impacting this area, and looked at the technology innovations that are making this possible.
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FeaturingKeynote Speaker Marc Pelletier, CEO, Institute for Health System Transformation and Sustainability
Marc Pelletier has had extensive leadership experience in Canadian Health Care, spanning strategic consulting, government, and large, complex health care delivery organizations. Marc is currently the CEO of Institute for Health System Transformation and Sustainability based in British Columbia. Prior to this role, Marc was a Senior Strategic Advisor with BC’s Ministry of Health, developing a Virtual Care Strategy for BC. In his 20-year career with Fraser Health Authority in British Columbia and its predecessor organizations, Marc lead a very broad range of clinical and support services. His responsibilities as a Vice President included clinical services such as Home Health, Mental Health, Public Health, Cardiac Services, End of Life Care; Diagnostic Imaging, Pharmacy Services, and Laboratory Medicine. He also spent many years leading corporate functions such as IT/IM, Strategic and Program Planning, Quality Improvement and Clinical and Business Analytics. Marc has two master’s degrees, one in Criminology and one in Health Administration, both from the University of Toronto.
Susan Anderson is the Managing Director for the Canadian Business. Susan is an accomplished e-health strategist with more than 20 years’ experience in healthcare informatics. Most recently, she was the Assistant Deputy Minister and CIO for the Health Information Technology and Systems Division at Alberta Health, where she played a pivotal role in transforming Alberta’s healthcare system into one of the most digitally connected in North America. At the forefront of Alberta’s Electronic Health Record implementation, she helped steer the expansion of EHR data sources, deployment to users, integration for physicians and pharmacists, and introduced public access to EHRs. Susan is a Director on the board of Digital Health Canada, and the Chair for National Community of Action for EHR Governance.
Rohit Joshi is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Brightsquid Secure Communications Corp. For the past 25 years, he has held senior executive positions with life science and technology companies in the USA and Canada, with a focus on using technology for effective communication. Rohit is passionate about bringing tools required for care coordination to patients. It is his belief that communication tools will do more for patient health in Canada than any single medical device, pharmaceutical or other technology.
Dr. Hamid Najafi is a seasoned technology executive with about 30 years of experience in developing advanced technologies in wireless, telecommunications, and sensors. He has been an entrepreneur for almost his entire professional life and has been involved, at an early stage, in many emerging technologies and products, including cellular phones, GPS, and motion sensors. Keeping with this trait, he co-founded Sensoplex in 2013 to focus on advance technologies driving the emerging and fast growing Digital Health market.
He received a Ph.D. EE from Stanford University in 1983 and has numerous patents in wireless and related technologies. He is currently the CEO of Sensoplex, and Sensoplex Canada.
Barb Kathol, a Registered Nurse, has spent most of her career in operations leading clinical teams. Now as the Senior Program Officer for Connect Care, Alberta Health Services, Barb is the Operations leader supporting the transformation of care using the implementation of a Clinical Information System as the catalyst.
Tim Murphy has more than 25 years of senior executive leadership experience in the health care sector. Prior to joining Alberta Innovates Health Solutions as the Vice President, Provincial Platforms and SPOR, Tim established an independent consulting practice and worked with clients such as: the CHILD Foundation, the Institute for Health System Transformation and Sustainability, and the Movember Foundation. Prior to establishing his consulting role, Tim was the inaugural Senior Vice President at the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR)‐ a provincial research organization based in Vancouver. He joined the Foundation after working for more than 10 years in senior management positions with two comprehensive Academic Oncology Centres‐ Princess Margaret Hospital (1992‐1997) and the British Columbia Cancer Agency (1997‐2002). Tim holds a Bachelor of Science Degree, Life Sciences from Queen’s University (1989); a Masters of Health Administration from the University of Toronto (1992); and, a Masters of Business Administration from Queen’s University (2006). In 2007, he received his Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation.
Meaghan Nolan is the co-founder and COO of Mikata Health, an early stage digital health company creating tools that help patients and doctors work together for better health. Formerly, she was a lead designer and strategist at Moment in New York City where she helped create digital products and services for Fortune 500 companies in media, financial services and healthcare. She’s passionate about the potential for design to transform healthcare and has experience leading interdisciplinary teams through collaborative, user-centered design processes. She’s spoken at digital design conferences in Canada and the United States and is the founder of Calgary’s future/health meet up.
Dr. Damon Ramsey, listed under BCBusiness’s Top 30 under 30, is a practicing physician and co-founder of InputHealth, a digital health company which has re-envisioned health records as a vehicle for patient engagement. InputHealth’s Collaborative Health Record (CHR) is utilized by UBC, Mayo Clinic, University of Texas-Austin among other institutions, and is rapidly gaining traction across North America as a leading solution to power value-based care delivery.
Sonya is a certified health information management professional with over 35 years’ experience in acute care and health services planning, research and analysis. She has been with the Ministry of Health in Alberta for 12 years and is currently a team lead with the Community Information Integration project with focus on data content standards and quality.
Dr David Tano has just retired as the Section Chief for Outpatient Mental Health Services North for the Department of Psychiatry, Calgary Zone, Alberta Health Services and is currently working as a forensic psychiatrist at the Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatry Centre. He is also working as the consulting psychiatrist for the Community Extension Team, the Provincial Courts of Alberta, the Police Community Treatment Order Team and the Police and Crisis Team. More recently, he has also been consulting to a non-profit organization known as Keys to Recovery, which is a housing first program aimed at housing people with addiction issues and classified as “hard to house”. For six years he worked as the Clinical Medical Director of a general inpatient psychiatric unit and also consulted for eight years to the federal halfway houses and federal institutions for Corrections Services Canada. He has been teaching residents and medical students for over 15 years and is currently a Royal College Examiner for the specialty of Psychiatry and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary.
Paul Twigg is the National VP of Technology for Sierra Systems. He is an award winning IT business leader with executive and hands-on experience in delivering leading edge cloud, security, architecture and support services. He is a recognized speaker and thought leader in the technology field driving innovation and digital transformation ideas. Paul is security cleared (Canadian Secret Level) and has vast experience creating technology strategy to develop creative and innovative customer centric services tailored towards increasing efficiencies and reducing costs within an organization. He is a motivational leader who enjoys building successful and productive teams, and thrives in highly pressurized and challenging working environments.
Doug holds a Psychiatric Nursing Diploma from the Borocourt Hospital School of Nursing in Berkshire, England, is a Registered Nurse and has a Master’s Degree from the University of Alberta in Health Promotion and Instructional Technology. He also holds a Prosci Change Manager Certification, Project Management Certification and a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma. In the past he has worked at Michener Centre and Alberta Hospital as well as the General, Grey Nuns and Sturgeon Hospital Emergency Departments. Currently Doug has responsibility with his team for the AHS Provincial ID Program, the AMH Medworxx (ALC System) roll out, the Strata Pathways to Housing Provincial Implementation, the Patient Journeys project for Indigenous Peoples and works in partnership with a number of Alberta Ministries to deliver housing and other services to Alberta’s vulnerable population.
Howard Waldner is Dean of the School of Health and Public Safety at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary, a position he has held since October 2016. He is also Adjunct Professor in the School of Public and Population Health at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where he holds a teaching appointment within the Faculty of Medicine. From 2013-2016 Howard was Chief Executive of Caledonia Solutions, a strategic consulting company he founded in 2013, and is the immediate past President and Chief Executive Officer of Vancouver Island Health Authority, serving in this role from 2004 until 2013. Prior to joining VIHA, he was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the former Calgary Health Region from 1999 until 2004. Before moving to Calgary in 1999, he held a number of CEO and other senior leadership roles within the Scottish National Health Service, most recently in the role of Chief Executive of Dundee University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. He is a visionary and innovative leader, with a demonstrated track record of success in each of the senior leadership roles he has held to date in both Canada and the United Kingdom. He received the Canadian National Award for Innovation in Health Leadership from the Canadian College of Health Leaders in 2013.