Learn from the experts

Digital Health Canada education and certification programs are the first cross-disciplinary programs to be developed with volunteer health informatics experts and leaders operating in a variety of professional settings: healthcare organizations, provincial/national government agencies, vendors, consultants, and academia. These volunteer experts populate the Digital Health Canada Faculty and are the backbone of the Core HI Education program. Digital Health Canada Faculty fill key roles in Education Content Development, Exam Content Development, and/or Education Instruction. 

Digital Health Canada Faculty 2018-2019

Cancer Care Ontario
Privacy Horizon
Infoway
Vancouver Island Health Authority
Canadian Institute for Health Information

Digital Health Canada Instructors 2017-2018

Cancer Care Ontario
Privacy Horizon
eHealth Ontario
Canada Health Infoway
University of Victoria
Hamilton Health Sciences
Island Health

UHN

Heather Begley

 
Clinical Application Specialist/Developer, University Health Network
Heather Begley has completed a Master of Science and Medical Informatics at Northwestern University. Her specialties are project management, technique development, and software application. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​University Health Network’s ten program areas are spread across eight sites – Princess Margaret, Toronto General and Toronto Western hospitals, as well as the fiv​e sites of Toronto Rehab.

Cancer Care Ontario

Alma Chandrasekharan

 

Group Manager, Data & Analytic Services, Cancer Care Ontario
Alma Chandrasekharan has over 10 years of experience in Analysis, Design, Product Development and Implementation of Healthcare IT systems with a strong focus in the Healthcare market in Australia, United Kingdom and Canada. Key strengths include – strong communication skills, team building, stakeholder engagement.Additionally, she is skilled in – business strategy, product management, benefits evaluation, requirements gathering, rapid prototyping, user interface design and usability, data modelling and design, data governance, healthcare and clinical practices, standards, service management, service oriented architecture, and programming in .NET framework.

CIHI

Dennis Cheung

 

Program Lead, Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)
Dennis Cheung is Program Lead, Architecture and Standards at CIHI and Adjunct Faculty at the University of Toronto. Over a decade of experience working in the healthcare sector. Experiences range from community sized hospitals to teaching hospitals, to government, non-profit and international organizations helping to procure, build, and deploy clinical and IT solutions.

LifeLabs

Helene Clement

 

National Senior Clinical Operations Manager, LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services
Hélène Clément is accountable for the effective and efficient operations of new service delivery models, including Point of Care (POC) services that are outcome-based and patient-centric. She contributes to the design of new services and products; leads the implementation, testing and evaluation of new service delivery models; and fosters a continuous improvement culture driving towards customer centricity, operational excellence and quality. Hélène Clément acts as the single point of contact for the operations for service innovation and provide leadership to the Clinical Operations Team members.

Orion

Dr. Chris Hobson

 

Chief Medical Officer and Chief Privacy Officer, Orion Health
Dr. Hobson has 16 years experience as a physician working in primary and secondary care (major areas of interest include family practice, after hours services, internal medicine especially cardiology gastroenterology and endocrinology) and 10 years experience in Family Medicine, during which time he used an EMR with full functionality including integration of lab results, radiology and other documents in day-to-day practice. Dr. Hobson has global experience in all areas of Healthcare IT, from business strategy through product design and development; sales and marketing; implementation project management and business analysis. Dr. Hobson has worked on both the client and vendor side as well as with payers and providers in the US. Interests are in strategy and application of technology to integrated care, disease management and primary care. International experience (spanning Canada, New Zealand, Australia, UK, USA and Spain) enables Dr. Hobson to bring a great perspective for comparison of different health systems, their strengths and weaknesses. Globally Dr. Hobson has advised on approximately 25 Health Information Exchanges (shared electronic health records) along with their implementation and evaluation and more than ten chronic disease management and care coordination projects. At Orion, Dr. Hobson provides strategic advice to clients on healthcare system evolution, the importance of primary care to the future of a successful health system and the use of Information Technology to support it.

Gevity

Margaret Kennedy

 

Managing Partner, Clinical Informatics Practice, Gevity
Dr. Margaret Ann Kennedy is Chief Nursing Informatics Officer and Managing Partner leading Gevity’s Clinical Informatics Practice. Leveraging 30 years experience in leadership roles across the healthcare continuum, Margie enables systems transformation to support optimal health outcomes and quality clinical practice. Margie’s deep understanding of interprofessional clinical practice informs her strategic advisory services, assisting clients to achieve organizational transformation, health outcome and adoption targets, and system efficiencies. She is equally comfortable engaging at a tactical project level; with diverse stakeholders; managing change programs; and training users. Margie is recognized for her ability to quickly connect with clients, bringing her expert clinical lens to ensure that implementations align with clinical priorities and administrative needs. Margie is adept in cultivating consensus among interprofessional stakeholders, and local, regional, or complex multi-jurisdictional teams. She understands the importance of fostering strategic alliances to achieve long term success. Margie approaches her group work with humor, an unwavering commitment to excellence, and a humanistic approach that aims to empower. An industry leader, Margie contributes to peer reviewed journals, is co-editor of Introduction to Nursing Informatics (4th ed), serves on multiple Canadian and international informatics committees, as well as various editorial boards. She continues to teach at the post graduate level and in a variety of industry certification programs. A true East Coaster, Margie is always at home by the sea, and can frequently be found exploring oceanside vistas or seeking local whale watching and boating adventures. Margie is a ballet and musical theatre fan as well as an avid hockey fan. Margie holds a PhD in Nursing from the University of South Australia, a Master of Nursing from Dalhousie University (Canada), a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Francis Xavier University (Canada), and a Post Graduate Certificate in Standards for Health Informatics from the University of Sherbrooke (Canada). Additionally, she maintains her CPHIMS-CA, plus multiple change and project management certifications.

Privacy Horizon

Patrick Lo

 

Chief Executive Officer, Privacy Horizon Inc.
Patrick Lo is the CEO of Privacy Horizon Inc. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field of information privacy. He has held a number of executive positions in the public and private sectors focused on the development and implementation of privacy and data protection programs. Prior to joining Privacy Horizon, Patrick was Senior Program Director for the Identity, Access and Privacy Portfolio at eHealth Ontario, where he was responsible for strategy and planning, product management and adoption of provincial identity management technologies designed to control access to personal health information. Prior to that, he led the privacy office at eHealth Ontario, and built the Province’s first “eHealth Privacy Centre of Excellence” – establishing eHealth Ontario as a leader in the development and implementation of privacy best practices. Patrick is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Privacy Professional/Canada (CIPP/C).

CGI

Julie Richards

 

Director, Digital Insights, CGI
With 30 years of experience in information management, analytics and patient care, as Director of Digital Insights for CGI, Julie is responsible for data and analytics strategies, thought leadership and business development across the US. She has led some of the first healthcare prescriptive analytics project to determine the best possible options to improve access, cost and quality of care. Julie is the author of numerous health BI, analytics and informatics papers, speaker at numerous international conferences and has volunteered for over 20 years as member of community, national and international boards and committees. A personal style that engenders collaboration, openness, innovation and achievement.

Gevity

Patricia Rothney

Consultant, Business Analysis, Project Management, and Clinical SME
Patricia is currently a Business Analyst/Project Manager and Clinical Subject Matter Expert for Gevity Consulting Inc., an international informatics and management consulting company. She is also currently the Clinical Nursing Advisor for the eHealth Saskatchewan Programs Division. She provides strategic input into initiative planning; leads clinical engagement for clinical systems initiatives, content development, systems access and use; facilitates eHealth partnership with the Ministry of Health efforts e.g. patient safety initiatives; supports the SRNA in their members’ access to and use of clinical systems; and supports the development and integration of clinicians into informatics roles with the organization.

Infoway

Susan Sepa

Group Director, Clinical and Change Leadership, Canada Health Infoway
Susan Sepa’s (RN, BScN, MSc, CPHIMS-CA, CHE) initial grounding in front line clinical and operational management experience in health care organizations, followed by over 14 yrs in health care consulting is a unique combination resulting in key competencies in: Strategy and business case development for electronic health record (EHR) and clinical information solutions (CIS) roadmaps; Stakeholder engagement and change implementation strategies; Clinical Informatics; IM IT organizational process and redesign and Health system analysis and process redesign. Susan has fulfilled roles such as the executive leader of a health authority clinical application management group; clinical informatics and transformational lead for a CIS program, a Project Director for clinical information system implementations, a facilitator and leader of clinical informatics advisory groups in health care agencies. Throughout, Susan is a tireless advocate for the patient safety and quality benefits of a fully interoperable CIS that enables care providers and supports seamless and timely sharing of clinical information across the patient journey.

Vancouver Island Health Authority

Gajanan Sahasrabudhe

Manger, Database and Platform Services, IM/IT, Vancouver Island Health Authority – Gajanan has 30 years of experience in healthcare field. He has a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of healthcare technologies gained through the variety of roles he has played over the years starting with a practising physician and then to biomedical engineering, researcher in AI, database specialist, system architect, project manager to his current role as an IT operations manager. Communication, collaboration and customer focus are his strengths while learning and sharing knowledge are his passions. Gajanan is a certified PMP and CPHIMS-CA professional for many years.

Canadian Institute for Health Information

Anne Forsyth

Program Lead, Clinical Administrative Databases Development and Expansion, Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) – Anne Forsyth has over ten years of experience in the digital health industry, with a specific focus on program development, product development and implementation, and information privacy. In her current role, she is responsible for expanding and optimizing data supply to CIHI’s inpatient, emergency department, day surgery and ambulatory care data holdings: DAD and NACRS. Anne is a certified professional in health care information and management systems (CPHIMS-CA) and a certified information privacy professional (CIPP/CA). She holds a Bachelor of Health Science degree in Health Studies and Management Studies from the University of Waterloo, and a Master of Health Science in Health Administration from the University of Toronto.

UHN

Heather Begley

 
Clinical Application Specialist/Developer, University Health Network
Heather Begley has completed a Master of Science and Medical Informatics at Northwestern University. Her specialties are project management, technique development, and software application. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​University Health Network’s ten program areas are spread across eight sites – Princess Margaret, Toronto General and Toronto Western hospitals, as well as the fiv​e sites of Toronto Rehab.

Cancer Care Ontario

Alma Chandrasekharan

 

Group Manager, Data & Analytic Services, Cancer Care Ontario
Alma Chandrasekharan has over 10 years of experience in Analysis, Design, Product Development and Implementation of Healthcare IT systems with a strong focus in the Healthcare market in Australia, United Kingdom and Canada. Key strengths include – strong communication skills, team building, stakeholder engagement.Additionally, she is skilled in – business strategy, product management, benefits evaluation, requirements gathering, rapid prototyping, user interface design and usability, data modelling and design, data governance, healthcare and clinical practices, standards, service management, service oriented architecture, and programming in .NET framework.

Gevity

Margaret Kennedy

 

Managing Partner, Clinical Informatics Practice, Gevity
Dr. Margaret Ann Kennedy is Chief Nursing Informatics Officer and Managing Partner leading Gevity’s Clinical Informatics Practice. Leveraging 30 years experience in leadership roles across the healthcare continuum, Margie enables systems transformation to support optimal health outcomes and quality clinical practice. Margie’s deep understanding of interprofessional clinical practice informs her strategic advisory services, assisting clients to achieve organizational transformation, health outcome and adoption targets, and system efficiencies. She is equally comfortable engaging at a tactical project level; with diverse stakeholders; managing change programs; and training users. Margie is recognized for her ability to quickly connect with clients, bringing her expert clinical lens to ensure that implementations align with clinical priorities and administrative needs. Margie is adept in cultivating consensus among interprofessional stakeholders, and local, regional, or complex multi-jurisdictional teams. She understands the importance of fostering strategic alliances to achieve long term success. Margie approaches her group work with humor, an unwavering commitment to excellence, and a humanistic approach that aims to empower. An industry leader, Margie contributes to peer reviewed journals, is co-editor of Introduction to Nursing Informatics (4th ed), serves on multiple Canadian and international informatics committees, as well as various editorial boards. She continues to teach at the post graduate level and in a variety of industry certification programs. A true East Coaster, Margie is always at home by the sea, and can frequently be found exploring oceanside vistas or seeking local whale watching and boating adventures. Margie is a ballet and musical theatre fan as well as an avid hockey fan. Margie holds a PhD in Nursing from the University of South Australia, a Master of Nursing from Dalhousie University (Canada), a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Francis Xavier University (Canada), and a Post Graduate Certificate in Standards for Health Informatics from the University of Sherbrooke (Canada). Additionally, she maintains her CPHIMS-CA, plus multiple change and project management certifications.

Privacy Horizon

Patrick Lo

 

Chief Executive Officer, Privacy Horizon Inc.
Patrick Lo is the CEO of Privacy Horizon Inc. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field of information privacy. He has held a number of executive positions in the public and private sectors focused on the development and implementation of privacy and data protection programs. Prior to joining Privacy Horizon, Patrick was Senior Program Director for the Identity, Access and Privacy Portfolio at eHealth Ontario, where he was responsible for strategy and planning, product management and adoption of provincial identity management technologies designed to control access to personal health information. Prior to that, he led the privacy office at eHealth Ontario, and built the Province’s first “eHealth Privacy Centre of Excellence” – establishing eHealth Ontario as a leader in the development and implementation of privacy best practices. Patrick is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Privacy Professional/Canada (CIPP/C).

Gevity

Patricia Rothney

Consultant, Business Analysis, Project Management, and Clinical SME
Patricia is currently a Business Analyst/Project Manager and Clinical Subject Matter Expert for Gevity Consulting Inc., an international informatics and management consulting company. She is also currently the Clinical Nursing Advisor for the eHealth Saskatchewan Programs Division. She provides strategic input into initiative planning; leads clinical engagement for clinical systems initiatives, content development, systems access and use; facilitates eHealth partnership with the Ministry of Health efforts e.g. patient safety initiatives; supports the SRNA in their members’ access to and use of clinical systems; and supports the development and integration of clinicians into informatics roles with the organization.

eHealth Ontario

Angela Lianos

 

Director, Account Management, Provincial Accounts, eHealth Ontario
Angela Lianos has spent over 25 years working in healthcare including acute care facilities and healthcare policy organizations. 16 of those have been spent working in healthcare IT across the country for hospitals, software vendors as well as the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and eHealth Ontario, leading process and system optimization initiatives. Since January 2011, Angela was the Director of the Diagnostic Imaging (DI) Program which includes funding, governance, and oversight of Ontario’s four DI Repository Projects, the DI Common Service Initiative, the Independent Health Facilities integration, and the Emergency Neuro Image Transfer System. In October 2015, her responsibilities were expanded to include the Ontario Laboratories Information System (OLIS). She is currently the Director of the Provincial Accounts portfolio and also Acting Director of the Southwestern Accounts portfolio.

Canada Health Infoway

Cassie Frazer

 

Program Director, Consumer Health & Innovation, Canada Health Infoway
Cassie Frazer has 20 years of health care experience working in numerous roles, including 12 years as a front-line Respiratory Therapist. She has a Bachelor of Science from Queens University and a Masters in Heath Administration from the University of Toronto. She was a co-founder of the Pan-Canadian Change Management Network, a leading contributor to the National Change Management Framework and is a certified health informatics professional. Cassie currently works for Canada Health Infoway as the Program Director for Consumer Health & Innovation. Within the broad portfolio of digital health initiatives she manages, she is able to leverage her experience and interests in change management, health informatics and innovation.

SickKids

Bhavana Patel

Change Management Lead, The Hospital for Sick Children
Bhavana Patel has 20 years of progressive health care experience, including working as a front-line physiotherapist across the continuum of care, both in Ontario and the UK. She is a member of the Pan-Canadian Digital Health Change Management Network, and is certified in CPHIMS-CA, PROSCI ® and Lean HealthCare Green Belt. She has led various clinical and business transformational initiatives by leveraging her clinical, strategy, quality improvement and patient engagement experience. She currently works at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) as the Change Management Lead for the largest transformational project in the history of SickKids. This project will implement a fully integrated health information system in partnership with the Children’s Hospital for Eastern Ontario (CHEO)

University of Victoria

Selena Davis

 

Researcher, Director, Digital Health, Patient & Physician Engagement
Selena provides leadership and management services and executes innovative, insightful research in health informatics. She brings a depth and breadth of skills and experience to her professional work in the Canadian healthcare and digital health industries. She is currently leading research nationally and internationally and is Director of an independent health informatics consulting firm. Selena holds both the PMP and CPHIMS-CA certificates. She is a PhD candidate in Health Informatics at University of Victoria. In 2017, Selena was awarded a CIHR SPOR Knowledge Translation Scholarship, Diabetes Action Canada.

Hamilton Health Sciences

Anubha Sant

Senior Consultant, Stakeholder Engagement, Patient Portal, Hamilton Health Sciences
Proven eHealth product strategy, business operations & investment consultant, with over five years of leadership experience, holding a Master of Science in eHealth. Passionate about improving consumer health experience, demonstrated by a history of successfully designing and implementing person-centered digital health solutions. Maintaining a track record of providing leadership in system transformation initiatives, from project conception to delivery. Driven to work with startups to scale up innovative solutions, by creating strong business models and clinical evidence frameworks. Equipped with extensive knowledge of federal, provincial (Ontario), and regional eHealth strategies, enhanced by a strong professional network of policy and venture leaders.

Gevity

Zee Hua Cheung

Director, Gevity
Zee Hua Cheung has worked for more than 19 years in information technology, specializing in health information and government services. She has led large implementations for various Canadian provinces and has worked with a number of First Nation communities. She is currently a Director with Gevity’s First Nations, Territories and NGO Division.Partnering with Canadian provincial and First Nations health jurisdictions to implement the Panorama public health communicable disease surveillance and management system has become something of a passion for Zee Hua. In addition to managing teams focused on the data, interfaces, reporting and technical architecture pieces, Zee Hua has also performed business and enterprise analysis, developed training and communications materials and managed the transition to operations. In all aspects of her work, Zee Hua draws from her toolkit of trusted project, business analysis and change management techniques, informing and enriching her work with clients and addressing the challenges that come up from time to time on all projects.

Zee Hua’s experience with Canadian First Nations peoples has driven her to further her understanding of the history of indigenous communities in the context of health information and data, both through her experience on various projects, as well as through additional course work.

Zee Hua holds a Bachelors of Engineering from McGill University (Montréal, Canada) and has completed her CBAP®, PMP, Prosci® and CPHIMS-CA Certifications.  In her spare time, Zee Hua enjoys running and indoor cycling and planning for her “next hiking trip”.

Island Health

Lisa Moore

Manager, Laboratory Informatics, Island Health

Healthtech

Alison MacDonald

Manager, Healthtech Consultants
Masters prepared nurse with over 10 years of progressive leadership experience in informatics, professional practice, adult education/training, project/program management & evaluation