Join us on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 for an evening of conversation, light snacks, and a lightning round of Speed Networking with local digital professionals representing a wide range of careers levels and sectors. Meet and discuss digital health projects and ideas, share your accomplishments, and get answers to your career development questions. Ideal for students, emerging professionals in the first five years of their digital health career, and start-up employees/entrepreneurs. Professionals from all career levels contribute to an engaging and interesting evening.
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Jeremy Becker, CEO, MedConnect
Lori Block, Clinical lead eWMS-Pixalere Program
Jeremy Becker is the CEO of MedConnect, a Vancouver based startup. Along with Dr. David Harrison (Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer), MedConnect is designing and developing digital products to make quality, effective, and timely heath care more accessible for all Canadians.
Although new to the Health Care space, Jeremy’s background is in digital product design and development. Over the past ten years, Jeremy has worked with countless clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 enterprises to bring digital products to market. He’s helps teams navigate from idea to design to development to launch.
Ultimately, Jeremy is passionate about the role technology plays in creating a healthier and more sustainable future.
Lorraine Block graduated in 2004 from the University of British Columbia (UBC) with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After working in the field of Cardiology and General Surgery, she pursued nursing specialization in Wound, Ostomy, and Continence care from the University of Texas at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Upon completion in 2006, she joined Vancouver Coastal Health as a Clinical Educator for the Electronic Wound Management (eWMS -Pixalere) program. In this role, her passion and pursuit of knowledge in clinical and nursing informatics grew, noting the important connection clinicians had in technology development. In 2017, after completing a Master of Science in Nursing, she started her PhD in Nursing, both at UBC. Her academic and research focus is situated in the field of standardized clinical terminologies, ontology development, and prototyping for mobile nursing documentation. Professionally, Lori is now the Vancouver Coastal Health Clinical Lead for the eWMS-Pixalere program.
Melissa Chang, Strategy and Change Lead, Regional and Provincial Portfolio, University Health Network
Melissa has 14 years of healthcare leadership experience, with expertise in change management and communication. She spearheads the identification of scalable innovation opportunities and specializes in bringing stakeholders together to deliver complex initiatives from concept to execution. Melissa has an extensive track record of effectively mobilizing teams to drive change for organizations and programs. She previously led the ConnectingGTA implementation and adoption program, one of the largest healthcare IM/IT initiatives in Canada, guiding the work of close to 40 organizations and onboarding 20,000 users. She is currently overseeing a range of projects designed to enhance the use of digital health tools, specifically engaging primary care and community providers, in support of Toronto Central LHIN priorities.
Marc Faktor, Senior Director, Business Development, Think Research
Marc’s professional passion lies at the intersection of innovation, technology, positive disruption and healthcare. Business development with a purpose fuels his desire to contribute to a healthier world. Marc is an accomplished healthcare executive with consultative sales and business development expertise in solution selling specific to services, software, and SaaS. He is a thought leader responsible for driving growth in the digital health industry as well as a force behind the evolution of virtual care in Canada and beyond.
Shiran Isaacksz, Senior Director, Regional and Provincial Portfolio, University Health Network
Shiran Isaacksz is the Senior Director at the University Health Network (UHN). As part of his role, he is a member of the senior management team at the Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre (TC CCAC) and is responsible for driving the Information Management Strategy for the organization. With more than 16 years of healthcare experience, Shiran’s expertise lies in leading complex and large-scale transformational projects and overseeing established regional programs and IM/IT Teams for the community sector. Through these experiences, Shiran possesses a comprehensive view of the complex healthcare system with a focus on improving patient care and patient outcomes throughout the continuum of care. Shiran finds great satisfaction in tackling challenging and previously unsolvable industry issues. His collaborative approach also extends to development of unique industry partnerships, beyond the typical client-vendor role. In doing so, he assembles strong, inter-disciplinary teams with a broad range of skills, and applies a holistic approach to problem solving that results in new products and programs to support care delivery and patient experience. Shiran chose a career in healthcare as he felt an innate drive to work in a sector that aligns with his values and enables him to give back to the community at large. “All of the great work we do at UHN and TC CCAC is patient-centric,” he says. “With every decision made, we ask how we are improving the patient experience and care outcomes.” Shiran believes that the patient voice must guide all healthcare activities, whether it be at the policy level in his role as a Board Member with COACH or when planning and implementing projects.
Elizabeth Keller, Vice President, Product Strategy & Delivery, OntarioMD
Elizabeth is a leading executive, strategist and integrator in Canadian digital health and a recognized health expert internationally. She was just named one of the Top 10 Women in Digital Health in Canada for 2017/18. As Vice-President at OntarioMD, Elizabeth is leading the provincial roll-out of a comprehensive suite of digital health services and working with physicians to improve their adoption and use of the latest digital health tools to improve patient care. OntarioMD has recently won 4 national awards for products and services within her portfolio. Prior to OntarioMD, Elizabeth was a Senior Consultant with both IBM & PwC. Elizabeth Keller also gladly volunteers her expertise and leadership in the healthcare community in Canada and internationally; as an elected Digital Health Canada Board Director & Treasurer, and as a writer and speaker at many Health conferences in North America. Elizabeth also helped launch the eSafety initiative in Canada and continues to contribute to new areas of leading practice. She also works globally with standards organizations and experts as Vice-Head for the Canadian Delegation to ISO. Elizabeth has travelled to over 40 countries and is an avid outdoor adventurer. She earned her BA (Honours) from Concordia University, her MA from UBC.
Daniel Penn, Founder, Tickit Health
Anushka Premji-Osman, Executive Managing Partner, Gevity
Daniel Penn is the Co-Founder of Tickit Health, an award winning company that helps healthcare organizations improve outcomes through patient reported data.
Prior to founding Tickit, Daniel’s eclectic and accomplished career includes:
– Ski Racing for Canada
– Founding Happening Hamilton
– Being President of the McMaster cycling club
– and publishing 3 cookbooks
Daniel sits on the boards of ITAC Health and WIMTAC representing the growing healthcare startup scene. He was named to Forbes 30 under 30 list for healthcare, has twice been a TEDMED Scholar. He has presented on the topic innovation in Healthcare at conferences like, MedicineX (Stanford), Health 2.0 and Queen’s Innovation Summit.
Anushka Premji-Osman is a senior management consultant offering more than 15 years of health informatics experience, including expert knowledge in the public health domain. As Executive Managing Partner, Anushka leads one of Gevity’s largest divisions – Canada/West, and is accountable for client relationship management, contract management, resourcing, and finance management. In her EMP role, Anushka drives health-related business development activities and helps to ensure the company’s strategic direction is enabled and maintained. She currently holds director positions on the Gevity Board as well as the non-profit BC Health Informatics Professional Society (BCHIMPS). With her broad geographic portfolio Anushka is able to leverage the learnings from other provinces and her peers within Gevity to ensure her clients have access to experts and learnings from across Canada and globally. Anushka attended Queen’s University, achieving a Bachelor of Science Degree specializing in Life Sciences, as well as the University of Victoria where she achieved a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours, specializing in Health Information Science. In addition, Anushka holds both PMP and Prosci designations.
Kyle Shilke, Enterprise Sales, Ontario Healthcare, Amazon Web Services
Kyle is a healthcare Account Executive with proven a background and experience leading teams to create innovative solutions and services to solve customer challenges. His sales background is coupled with extensive experience in solutions selling and business development by utilizing technical, marketing and operations teams. He has a background which includes 19 years devoted to the Canadian public sector in Canada including healthcare, education, federal, provincial and local governments. He has also developed extension relationships with healthcare strategist and senior leadership in the United States from his experience at Dell and VMware. Kyle is responsible for Amazon Web Service’s (AWS) relationships within the Ontario Healthcare market. In addition to his direct role Kyle also serves as a healthcare lead within AWS Canada. AWS aims to help Canadian healthcare customers employ cloud services to reduce cost, drive efficiencies and increase innovation across the country. In his role, Kyle is responsible for the awareness, education and adoption of AWS by healthcare customers in Ontario and across Canada. He is also 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). AWS has been continually expanding its services to support virtually any cloud workload, and it now has more than 125 services that range from compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid and enterprise applications. Kyle has an honors degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, resides in Port Credit, Mississauga and is an active coach with the Port Credit Hockey Association and Mississauga Majors baseball association.
Tyler Smith, Senior Health Consulting Manager, TELUS Health
Tyler is currently a Health Business Consulting Manager with TELUS Health, where he leads several Home Health Monitoring project implementations in partnership with BC’s Health Authorities. Prior to joining TELUS Health, Tyler worked for 3 years at Vancouver Coastal Health within the Corporate Transformation Office, where he led several Virtual Health pilot projects. Prior to entering the Healthcare sector, he worked for 8 years within the Finance, Accounting, Hospitality and Consulting sectors for some of Canada’s leading companies. Tyler holds a Master of Business Administration Degree in Finance from UBC, Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from SFU, and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from SFU. Tyler is also a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) in Canada, as well as a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) in Australia.