University Health Network
Senior Director – Connected Care
How long have you been a member of Digital Health Canada?
Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors?
I have had the privilege of serving on the Digital Health Canada Board for the past 4 years. In those 4 years, I have served as Vice-President for 2 years and as President for the past year. In my time on this board, I have had the opportunity to work with digital health leaders from across Canada to help to grow this community. I want to join the board for an additional term to continue to build on the great momentum we have established through our new brand and establishment of unique partnerships (e. g. Hacking Health) and collaboration opportunities (e.g. Atlantic Chapter formation). As well, I want to help support the development of the new 3 year strategy to position Digital Health Canada for continued growth and success in the coming years.
How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?
For that past 20 years I have been an active member and promoter of the digital health community. Through this time, I have gained a deep understanding of many sectors in health care, having worked for both large academic teaching hospitals as well as home and community care organizations. I have also had the opportunity to collaborate with digital innovators to help tackle some our health care system issues from a different vantage point. Both my past and current work experiences strongly align with the strategic plan and mandate of Digital Health Canada. Specifically, through my work over the past decade, I have been a strong advocate for this industry by leading the development and implementation of large digital health programs across many healthcare organizations in the province. Through the creation of results driven teams and strong public private partnerships, I have been able to drive innovation at the regional, provincial and consumer level as well as helping to drive policy change at the provincial level (e.g. Centre of Excellence for Digital Health Delivery, ConnectingOntario, Project SPARK.)
What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?
My direct experience and knowledge of the various sectors of healthcare combined with my regional and provincial perspective will allow me to provide a key contribution to the Board. I understand the needs of Digital Health Canada members, who like myself, are committed to the advancement of the health informatics in Canada. Additionally, my extensive experience on the development and implementation of organizational and regional digital health strategies will continue to support the association’s goal of strengthening association capacity and membership engagement, products and services. My focus on outcomes and delivery has been supported by my investment in the creation and ongoing support of strong governance structures to ensure the success of large-scale initiatives. These experiences will be valuable in the growth and diversification of our membership while strengthening association capacity.
Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)?
I do not have direct patient care experience, but I work directly with health service providers across the continuum of care. From primary care physicians, tertiary care specialists, allied health, nursing professionals and care coordinators, I have worked in collaboration with all of these providers to delivery digital health innovation at scale.
What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent?
Executives/CIOs; IM/IT Practitioners; Leaders; Academic & Research; Healthcare Institutions; Digital Health Entrepreneurs
With which Digital Health Canada committees, task groups or activities have you volunteered in past five years?
Current Digital Health Canada Board Director (2015-2019) Current President, Digital Health Canada Board of Directors (2018-present) Vice-President, Digital Health Canada Board of Directors (2016-2017) Current Digital Health Canada CHIEF member (2013-2019) eHealth Conference Planning Committee Member (2017-2019) eHealth Conference Presenter (2007-2018) eHealth Ambassador 2016 Health Informatics Professional Task Group (HIP@work) My most significant contribution to Digital Health Canada’s mission has been the development of our current 3 year strategic plan which also included the evolution of our brand from COACH to Digital Health Canada. This evolution has positioned our association well to be a national advocate for digital health on behalf of our members as well help to broaden our community to more non-traditional entrants in the digital health space.
What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?
As an Adjunct Lecturer, Digital Health in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, I have had an opportunity to engage digital health enthusiasts from diverse perspectives and experiences, who are at different points in their career path. This ongoing engagement has helped me to better understand the needs of the digital health community as this industry and the healthcare system as a whole continues to go through significant change. I have also been a member of several executive committees at the local, regional and provincial levels (SPARK Executive Advisory, UHN Primary Care Executive Committee, Toronto Central LHIN Digital Health Advisory Council). Through my participation in these various governing bodies, I have provided strategic advice and direction, highlighted challenges faced by our providers and the patients they serve, and identified opportunities to support these challenges. These experiences have helped me to grow my network of collaborators across the health system.
Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.
I am a passionate, outcomes-focused patient and provider advocate within the digital health community. I have an established track record for strong engagement and execution on complex cross-sector, public private partnerships while supporting an enthusiastic team of individuals who are committed to the common goal of improving engagement and collaboration in our industry across Canada. As the Senior Director for the Connected Care Portfolio at University Health Network and as an Adjunct Lecturer on Digital Health at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, I have been an active contributor to the digital health knowledge base. I also understand the strengths and areas of focus for the digital health community in the coming years. Using my experiences as Digital Health Board Director, Vice President and President, I am excited to continue to build and showcase the value of what we do as well as continue to develop the next generation of digital health professionals that will drive innovation in the Canadian health system.
Do you currently hold the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems – Canada (CPHIMS-CA) credential?
BSc (Honours Biology); BA (Honours Psychology); MHSc (Health Administration); Rotman Advance Health Leadership Program; LEAN (Green Belt) Certification; Prosci Change Management Certification; ituational Leadership
Shiran is the Senior Director of the Connected Care Portfolio at the University Health Network. In this role, he facilitates the identification, planning and implementation of health system integration initiatives undertaken by UHN. Some of the initiatives that he has led include: Project SPARK, the ConnectingGTA Program, the GTA West Diagnostic Imaging Repository Program and the Resource Matching & Referral Program. Shiran is also an Adjunct Lecturer, Digital Health, for the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. In this role he supports the Master of Health Administration and Master of Health Informatics Programs. He also spent five years on the Senior Management team at the Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre and was responsible for the development and execution of the Information Management Strategy to support the needs of the home and community care sector in downtown Toronto. Shiran was previously the Director of Information Management, Rehabilitation, Complex and Continuing Care for St. John’s Rehab Hospital, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and West Park Healthcare Centre.