2. Integrating digital health and virtual care
- Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020
- Concurrent Session A
- Time: 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
- Style: Panel Discussion (45 minutes-session)
Virtual care has become, and will continue to be, a vital component of primary care. The tremendous potential of virtual care brings with it significant challenges at all levels. We need to plan now to ensure that we achieve optimal patient, provider, and organizational experiences. Join this discussion with our expert panel as we share insights on practical approaches that will allow for the delivery of the most effective virtual care possible.
Dr. Onil Bhattacharyya MD, PhD is the Frigon Blau Chair in Family Medicine Research at Women’s College Hospital. He practices family medicine and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. He is national co-chair of the Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation Network funded by the Canadian Institute for Health Research.
His research focuses on the application of service design, quality improvement and implementation science to care integration using digital tools. Dr. Bhattacharyya received his medical degree from the University of Montreal, and PhD in health services research from the University of Toronto. He has been a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy at the Commonwealth Fund in New York City and a Takemi Fellow in International Health at the Harvard School of Public Health.
|Dr. Ed Brown is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of OTN – now part of Ontario Health. An emergency physician who studied mathematics and engineering before embarking on his medical career, Dr. Brown is a passionate advocate for virtual care as a means of improving quality, patient-centred care and as an enabler of health system transformation. Dr. Brown has won numerous awards for his work in virtual care; in 2010, he was chosen as one of 25 Transformational Canadians by a national media panel sponsored by the Globe and Mail, CTV and La Presse. He is a Past President of the American Telemedicine Association, which named him to its College of Fellows in 2015.|
Over his 28 years as a comprehensive care Family Physician, Darren has been involved in many provincial and national Health IT, Quality and Physician Leadership initiatives in Canada. He has contributed to multiple digital health, primary care and quality commissions for the Ontario Ministry of Health, Ontario Health (Quality, Digital Services and Cancer Care) as well as the Ontario and Canadian Medical Associations.
He is Chair of the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario, Director for the federal agency Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, and is a senior fellow at WIHV (Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care). His digital health interests include data analytics, measurement for quality improvement and accountability, physician change and issues of scale and spread.
Dr. Samson is a family physician and IT lead at the East Wellington Family Health Team in Rockwood, Ontario. He is also an Electrical Engineering specializing in computer programming and biomedical engineering and has been actively involved in the development and application of healthcare IT applications throughout his career.