Provincial Medical Director, Virtual Health
Alberta Health Services
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 aim to contribute wearing both clinical and administrative lenses within a provincial healthcare organization, applying my leadership skills and clinical knowledge to guide the Digital Heath Canada’s Strategic Plan at a national level.
How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?
As Provincial Medical Director of Virtual Health in Alberta Health Services, I lead the team to develop strategy and consultative co-design to transform clinical care delivery and integrate virtual health into everyday practice. As part of this work, we are closely working with the implementation and integration of virtual care with Connect Care (Epic), the provincial EMR being launched in November 2019, which will be one of the largest deployments in North America to date. Our team also works closely with the Innovation Assessment Team in AHS to evaluate new technologies and determine clinical suitability for integration into our provincial healthcare system. As the clinical world moves increasingly into digital formats, my experience leading Continuing Professional Development at the national level for the Canadian Cardiovascular Society can be leveraged for knowledge translation.
What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?
I have had significant leadership experience in professional organizations. I have had the privilege of working with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta to develop recommendations to the profession pertaining to virtual care delivery. I have also served on numerous committees with the Alberta Medical Association examining aspects of physician compensation and modernization of the fee schedule. With my provincial role as Medical Director for Virtual Health I have had the opportunity to craft the vision to guide virtual care integration into regular clinical care, and contribute to regular discussions with Alberta Health regarding virtual health strategy in the province. As a practicing clinical cardiologist I also have real life experience in implementing virtual health into daily practice.
Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)?
I have been practicing as a clinical cardiologist for 20 years at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, a Tertiary Care University Based Centre. Part of my work includes innovative models of care delivery leveraging virtual technology in caring for patients in remote, rural locations both as out-patients and in-patients.
What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent?
Executives/CIOs; Emerging Professionals; Telehealth; Clinicians; Leaders; Academic & Research; Healthcare Institutions
With which Digital Health Canada committees, task groups or activities have you volunteered in past five years?
I currently have not been on any national task groups, but have significant board experience in provincial and national organizations.
What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?
Board of Directors, Canadian Cardiovascular Society (2015-2018), Canadian Society of Echocardiography (2013-2015), President, Section of Cardiology, Alberta Medical Association (2012-2015), Associate Dean, Clinical Faculty, Faculty of Medicine Executive Committee, University of Alberta (current), Vice-chair (non-profit), Health Arts Society of Alberta (current).
Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.
I bring a blend of clinical, administrative and leadership experience, in particular in the area of virtual health. I have a reputation of being approachable, collaborative, fair, transparent, principled and visionary. My vision of a seamless patient journey through the healthcare system is immersed in innovation in the digital and virtual care environment.
Do you currently hold the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems – Canada (CPHIMS-CA) credential?
Not currently certified. Committed to seek certification.
BSc (Hons) (1998), MD (1992), MBA (2014), FRCPC (Internal Medicine 1997, Cardiology 1999), FCCS, FACC, FASE
Dr. Jonathan Choy is the Provincial Medical Director for Virtual Health, Alberta Health Services, and is promoting the concept of delivering “High quality healthcare, anytime, anywhere” to all Albertans. He and his team facilitate the integration of virtual services into clinical programs within the organization, and collaborates with different Strategic Clinical Networks as well as stakeholders in Alberta Health in exploring new care delivery models. He is promoting the organization to leverage digital technology to improve access and reduce costs by delivering equitable quality healthcare closer to patients’ homes. In addition, he is involved with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta in developing practice advice for virtual care delivery.
He has a diverse leadership background, serving as the President of the Section of Cardiology, Alberta Medical Association (2012-2015) and developed a keen interest in physician compensation reform. He is currently serving as the physician representative on the Provinical Physician Compensation Committee. He also has served as an executive board member for the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, and chaired their Continuing Professional Development Committee for 4 years. In 2014 he completed an executive MBA from the Sauder School of Business, UBC in healthcare management with the goals of combining clinical expertise and administrative leadership to promote a more sustainable publically funded healthcare system in Canada.
He practices as a clinical cardiologist at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, and also serves as the Associate Dean of Clinical Faculty in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta.
In his spare time, he enjoys playing classical chamber music with his wife and three children, skiing in the winter, and golfing and cycling in the summer.