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CHIEF Spring Symposium 2019

May 24, 2019 @ 8:30 am - May 25, 2019 @ 2:00 pm EDT

Canada’s Health Informatics Executive Forum (CHIEF) is an interactive, trusted environment for senior professionals and leaders in digital health and healthcare. CHIEF members collaborate, exchange best practices, address professional development needs, and offer their expertise in setting the agenda for the effective use of information management to improve health and healthcare in Canada.

The CHIEF Spring Symposium 2019 takes place just prior to the e-Health 2019 Conference and Tradeshow in Toronto (May 26-29, 2019). Interactive panel presentations and discussions start Friday, May 24 and conclude on Saturday, May 25, with a networking reception and dinner on Friday evening.

Attendance is for CHIEF Executive Forum Members only. Inquire about CHIEF Membership or attendance at the Spring Symposium here.

Agenda for Friday, May 24, 2019

Time Event
8AM Registration and Breakfast
8:30AM Welcome and Setting the Stage
Mark Casselman, CEO, Digital Health Canada
8:45AM Opening Talk: Transformation Through Innovation
Tom Lawry, Director, Worldwide Health, Microsoft | Cloud-based Analytics & AI | AI for Good |Health Reform Advocate
Tom has worked with a number health leaders who are focused on using data and technology to create new models to transform health systems. As a former hospital executive, Tom has learned firsthand about how the health system works. Healthcare organization around the world are transforming how they deliver care by leveraging Data and AI. Tom will share ideas and strategies for digital transformation applied to performance optimization including artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and Natural Language Processing (NLP). Tom has written a number of articles on health transformation and was recently asked by HIMSS Publishing to author a book on Artificial Intelligence in Health.
9:30AM DISCUSSION SESSION Transformation: working with government to tackle challenges and collaborate on opportunities
Sandra Cascadden, CIO, Nova Scotia Health Authority; Peter Fenwick, Deputy Minister and Strategic Transformation Advisor, Ontario Public Service
PART ONE Delivering Lasting Change for Ontarians
Through Transparent Data and Digital Health Peter Fenwick was appointed Deputy Minister in the role of Strategic Transformation Advisor, Cabinet Office, to drive the delivery of the priority transformation initiatives of the provincial government. One of the priority initiatives is health reform, for which Deputy Ministers Helen Angus and Peter Fenwick are the co-executive leads and of which digital health is a key component. This session is intended to be an interactive discussion on the potential for transparent data, digital health, and virtual care delivery to be key drivers for health system transformation and efforts to improve the health and not just the health care of 14 million Ontarians.
PART TWO Transformation – In Conversation
Sandra joins Peter for a conversation about transformation from her perspective, and CHIEFS
10:30AM Networking Lounge and Refreshments
11AMPM KEYNOTE Innovation to Improve Health and Care: A Global Perspective
Keith Fraidenburg, MBA, EVP & Chief Operating Officer, CHIME; Jonathan Fritz, JD, MS, CFCHE, Executive Director, Innovation, CHIME
Across the globe, innovation in healthcare is now part of the policy agenda and leadership playbook in many countries. The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has launched CHIME Innovation to facilitate the creation and adoption of healthcare technology innovation and to improve health and care globally. This keynote session will bring forward international perspectives on the current state of innovation practices outside of Canada, and share lessons learned with CHIEF members. Our keynote will introduce foundational concepts and a common language for enterprise innovation. The recent launch of the Intermountain and CHIME Innovation Center within the Kem C. Gardner Intermountain Transformation Center in Murray, Utah will be highlighted as a case study in enterprise innovation work. Common interests between CHIME and CHIEF innovation program efforts will be highlighted in discussion with CHIEF members, and opportunities for collaboration will be identified through conversation with CHIEF leaders.
12PM CHIEF Member Announcements & Updates
12:15PM Networking Lunch
1:15PM CHIEF Working Groups – Enterprise Innovation
Mary Lou Ackerman, Vice President Innovation, Saint Elizabeth Health CareTim Murphy, Vice President Provincial Platforms and SPOR, Alberta Innovates; Nadisha Subramaniam, Project Analyst, University Health Network; Kirat Cheema, Student, University of Toronto
Health delivery organizations are faced with challenges as they drive forward digital transformation of the traditional enterprise model and integration of entrepreneurial care delivery models and clinical innovations. Innovation as a discipline has become an ever-growing tool to improve healthcare delivery that would improve patient experience and allow for modified care plans to give patients better care and outcomes. In this session, CHIEFs will discuss the key findings of the Enterprise Innovation CHIEF white paper.
1:35PM CHIEF Roundtable Working Groups
CHIEFs will join facilitated working groups to provide feedback and insights on the Enterprise Innovation CHIEF white paper findings while taking a deep dive into the Enterprise Innovation practice tools and maturity model.
2:45PM Networking Lounge and Refreshments
3:15PM Panel Discussion – Innovative Solutions and Business Models
Amos Adler, Founder and President, Memotext; Chris O’Connor, President and Founder, Think Research; Chris Carlson, CIO, Brightsquid ; John Sinclair, President, Novari Health; Dr. Sonny Kholi, Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer, Cloud DX; Dave Wattling, CHIEF Advisory Committee (Moderator)
Across Canada, healthcare leaders are focused on identifying innovations that support their efforts to deliver outstanding patient care and improve the health system(s). Start-up companies are launching and scaling new technology and service models that can amplify transformation efforts. Challenges exist for health-tech start-ups selling to large enterprise customers. This session features a panel of innovation partners that are gaining traction with traditional organizations. CHIEFs and Startup, Scaleup, and SME leaders will engage in debate on next generation ideas, business models, and thinking for unlocking digital health data and adding value to healthcare in Canada.
4:45PM Close and Set the Stage for Dinner/Next Day
5:30PM Dinner at Tundra Restaurant and Bar
145 Richmond Street West (Hilton Toronto)

Agenda for Saturday, May 25, 2019

Time Event
8:30-9AM Registration and Breakfast
9AM Welcome and Setting the Stage
Mark Casselman, CEO, Digital Health Canada
9:10AM CHIEF Working Group Session – Data Access
Angela Copeland, Director, Cancer Care Ontario; Eric Sutherland, Executive Director Data Governance Strategy, CIHI; Charlotte Carment Baker, Business Analyst, Saint Elizabeth Health Care; Fiona Fu, Leadership Intern, University Health Network
Our healthcare system and health data is siloed – across organizations, across regions, across Canada. Leaders are faced with the challenges and opportunities associated with unlocking data access and engaging patients in their own care. In this session, the CHIEF Data Access Working Group will share key insights from the recently published white paper. Break-out sessions will engage CHIEF members in collaborative design and development of the draft guiding principles for data access as well as other useful tools for data liberation in healthcare organizations.
9:30AM CHIEF Roundtable Working Groups
Facilitated Break-out sessions will engage CHIEF members in collaborative design and development of the draft guiding principles for data access as well as other useful tools for data liberation in healthcare organizations.
10:30 Networking Lounge and Refreshments
11AM Facilitated Discussion: The Future of Health in a Digital World
Facilitators: CHIEF Advisory Committee and Bob Baker, Global Philanthropic Inc.
Digital Health Canada strategic planning for 2020-2023 is underway. CHIEF Executive Forum plays a leading role in describing and defining the future of health in a digital world. CHIEF leaders will participate in facilitated discussion to develop a perspective that will inform CHIEF and Digital Health Canada strategy. CHIEF will highlight industry shifts and opportunities as well as threats and competitive forces that will be important to Canadian leaders and organizations.
12PM Networking Lunch
12:45PM WORKING SESSION Skills for the Future of Work in Health
Sabrina Sdao, Senior Manager, National Consulting Strategic Initiatives, Deloitte Consulting; Krista Jones, Managing Director, Enterprise, MaRS
The future of health in a digital world will be impacted by major workforce shifts. The future is not just about technology creating efficiencies, it’s about leaders re-imagining work, roles, and skills needed in the workforce. This engaging working session will introduce CHIEF leaders to a new way of thinking about developing their workforce for tomorrow, alongside the mindset and framework shifts that will enable success in the future.
1:45PM Closing Remarks


May 24, 2019 @ 8:30 am EDT
May 25, 2019 @ 2:00 pm EDT
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