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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 2018Heather Begley, Clinical Application Specialist/Developer, University Health Network
Heather Begley works at University Health Network and has completed 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 five sites of Toronto Rehab.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.