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UpOnDigital: The Update on Ontario Digital Health

February 24 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm EST

The annual UpOnDigital conference brings public sector leaders together to explore themes of importance to Ontario patients, caregivers, and digital health professionals.

Building on themes from the past six years, #UpOnDigital2020 will explore how digital health supports the mandate of Ontario Health Teams (OHT) and Health Ontario.  The conference will feature presentations and discussions about how key components — including virtual care, medical records, patient tools, 7/24 access, privacy and security, procurement, and other technologies and services — are coming together to enable the spread and scale of digital solutions and create economies of scale across Ontario.
The Ontario government is building a connected health care system centred around patients, families and caregivers.

These changes will strengthen local services, making it easier for patients to navigate the system and transition between providers. Ontario’s digital health infrastructure consists of solutions and assets that lead to increased clinical value and better health care system integration. The landscape of options ranges from provincially available data and credentialing tools to locally customized suites of virtual care and access solutions. Digital health is a key enabler to this, so the focus of #UpOnDigital2020 will be on how digital tools and processes will facilitate the achievement of OHT goals and objectives.


Who should attend

#UpOnDigital2020 will provide value for professionals from the following sectors:

  • Primary care (including inter-professional primary care and physicians)
  • Secondary care (e.g., in-patient and ambulatory medical and surgical services (includes specialist services)
  • Home care
  • Hospitals
  • Community support services
  • Mental health and addictions services
  • Health promotion and disease prevention services
  • Rehabilitation and complex care
  • Palliative care (e.g., hospice)
  • Residential care and short-term transitional care (e.g., in supportive housing, long-term care homes, retirement homes)
  • Long-term care home placement
  • Emergency health services
  • Laboratory and diagnostic services
  • Midwifery services
  • Social and community and other services
  • Industry and technology firms


Conference details

  • #UpOnDigital2020: The Update on Ontario Digital Health, February 24, 2020 from 8am – 4:30pm
  • Courtyard Marriott Downtown Toronto, 475 Yonge Street, Toronto
  • Digital Health Canada Member: $249
  • Non-Member: $299
  • Students (limited number of tickets available): $75

Program Highlights

8-8:30am Registration and Networking Breakfast (Courtyard Foyer)
8:30-8:45am Welcome Remarks from Digital Health Canada (Courtyard Hall)
Mark Casselman, CEO, Digital Health Canada; Glenn Lanteigne and Rina Carlini, UpONDigital Conference Co-Chairs
8:45-9:15am Presentation: Report on the 2019 Commonwealth Fund Survey and Virtual Care Options for OHTs
Lynne Zucker, Canada Health Infoway
9:15-9:45am Keynote Address
Angela Tibando, Interim Executive Lead, Digital Services, Ontario Health
9:45-10:15am Presentation: Strategies to Meet the Requirements of 24/7 Access to Virtual Care
Jim Murphy, Assistance Services Group; Adam Jones, Assistance Services Group
10:15-10:45am Networking Break
10:45-11:15am Presentation: A Practical Approach to Connecting the Patient Journey
Sime Pavlovic, Niagara Health; Joe Mayer, Identos
A year ago, Niagara Health declared their vision for a digitally connected patient journey, breaking down data silos and the technology that would power the experience for over 450,000 citizens. Join this important presentation to understand their developments, their mobile roadmap, adding value to the citizens of Niagara. Also, learn how this vision can extend beyond Niagara to allow collaboration and innovation amongst healthcare providers.
11:15-11:45am Presentation: Big White Wall: Virtual Mental Health Support
Matt McEvoy, Big White Wall; Harriet Ekperigin, Big White Wall
11:45am-12:15pm Presentation: Supporting OHTs with EMRs and Other Technology Strategies
Andriana Lukich, St. Joe’s Hamilton; Tara Coxon, St. Joe’s Hamilton
12:15-1:10pm Networking Lunch
1:15-1:45pm Presentation: OntarioMD Supporting OHTs
Sarah Hutchison, CEO, OntarioMD
1:45-2:15pm Panel Discussion (Part One): Hospitals Supporting OHTs
Moderator: Susan Anderson, ITAC Health. Panelists: Karim Mamdani, Ontario Shores; Andriana Liukich, St. Joe’s Hamilton; Justin Saindon, Southlake Regional; Jeremy Petch, Hamilton Health Sciences; Ron Riesenback, Baycrest; Jan Walker, West Park Healthcare Centre
2:15-2:45pm Networking Break
2:45-3:15pm Panel Discussion (Part Two): Hospitals Supporting OHTs
3:15-3:40pm Presentation: Robots Supporting Transitions in Integrated Care
Dr. Mohamed Alarakhia, eHealth Centre of Excellence
3:40-3:50pm Presentation: Practical Ideas for OHTs on Leveraging Virtual Care
Dr. Ed Brown, Ontario Telemedicine Network
Practical ideas for OHTs on how to leverage virtual care, what some organizations in Ontario have done successfully that might be copied and how OTN is supporting OHTs. Also look at what’s new at OTN and some of the challenges at a provincial level.
4:05-4:30pmpm Closing Presentation: Focus on Primary Care in the OHT Model
Rodney Burns, Alliance for Healthier Communities
4:30pm Closing Remarks
Mark Casselman, CEO, Digital Health Canada; Glenn Lanteigne and Rina Carlini, UpONDigital Conference Co-Chairs


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February 24
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Courtyard Marriott Toronto Downtown
475 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario M4Y1X7 Canada


Digital Health Canada
(647) 775-8555