Pharmacist, Application Specialist
St Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

 

How long have you been a member of Digital Health Canada?

I have been a member since 2018.

Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors?

There is no better time in my career than now to join Digital Health Canada Board of Directors. Growing up we were a family of early adopters so technology in our household was common place. From the Commodore 64 to getting an early email account in the early 90s to using the Encarta on CD-ROM when encyclopedia Britannica was still fashionable, I was always ahead of the curve. The next stage in my digital evolution was learning to program calculators to crunch common problems in school which eventually led to developing excel macros to calculate the amount of electrolytes to compound into total parenteral nutrition for hospital patients. My interests in life had always been with science & technology, however, I wanted to be in the healthcare industry to have a more direct impact in people’s lives. Having come full circle, my role as a Pharmacist has led me into clinical informatics which has given me the opportunity to design and build an Electronic Medical Record to best assist front-line clinicians in the service of thousands of patients. Joining the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors would allow me to share my knowledge and build more experiences to continue to push the boundaries of digital transformation in healthcare.

How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?

In order to meet the ever changing needs of healthcare, the adoption of innovation and technological strategies is critical. Making the connection between the healthcare provider and the technology providers is important but all too often the needs of each party are misunderstood or miscommunicated. Consequently, the importance of individuals with experience in both areas to bridge this gap is paramount. As a pharmacist working in clinical informatics, I have been involved in the successful go-live of an EPIC EMR system, transforming St Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton from a HIMSS level 1.2 to 6 on December 2nd 2017. On a personal note, I am in the process of raising my line-of-sight by completing an executive MBA at McMaster in Digital Transformation. My personal mission has been the merging healthcare and technology to improve the patient and provider experience.

What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?

Currently, the board of directors do not have pharmacist representation. I would be an asset to the group that would provide a unique perspective from the pharmacy lens in addition to informatics.

Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)?

Yes, I am a registered pharmacist in Ontario with experience as a community pharmacist and a clinical hospital pharmacist with specialization in orthopedics and internal medicine.

What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent?

Emerging Professionals; Clinicians; IM/IT Practitioners; Healthcare Institutions

With which Digital Health Canada committees, task groups or activities have you volunteered in past five years?

Regretfully I have not had the opportunity to serve on any Digital Health Canada committees or task groups as of yet.

What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?

I have not had any direct experience in a board appointment but have served as a secretary for a local executive for OPSEU and was on the bargaining team for negotiating the collective agreement. As a pharmacist I am involved in process improvement committees such as Pharmacy Operations Council, Pharmacy Quality Council and Medication Management Council, as well as several councils with goals for process improvement in the hospital setting. In the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists I act as chair of the local region and am also the national chair of the Pharmaceutical Specialties Network specifically in Pharmacy Informatics.

Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.

I have lived through clinical transformation and have been a driving force of innovation towards the digital space. My goals very much align with those of Digital Health Canada and my unique perspectives will provide valuable insight for the organization.

Do you currently hold the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems – Canada (CPHIMS-CA) credential?

No. Committed to achieving my CPHIMS-CA.

Educational Background

MBA (candidate 2019) in Digital Transformation, B.Sc. Chem/Math, B.Sc. Pharmacy, RPh

Biography

I went to Dalhousie University graduating with a B.Sc. In Chemistry and subsequently a B.Sc. In Pharmacy. I worked as a clinical hospital pharmacist at Kingston General Hospital for 8 years and am currently at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton in the department of clinical informatics supporting the Epic EMR and pharmacy automation products. I am also in the process of completing my MBA at McMaster in Digital Transformation.