The annual eHealth conference (#eHealth2019) is the once-a-year opportunity for the Canadian digital health community to gather together to discuss the latest technology trends and share success stories.
Here are 7 memorable moments captured on social media from the event.
Instead of a hackathon, #eHealth2019 kicked off with a “Design Jam” organized by @HackingHealth. Teams co-created solutions with patients, clinicians, designers and developers working together. Some really interesting ideas for apps were generated in just a few hours.
— Hacking Health Toronto (@HackingHealthTO) May 26, 2019
It’s always nice to see patients and families getting airtime at a HealthIT conference. #eHealth2019 had several sessions dedicated to patient engagement. The one from TELUS Health was particularly notable for the passion Kathryn Seeley brought to the presentation.
“The stories are what you walk away and remember” – Anne O’Riordan, Patient and Family Experience Advisor speaking with @TELUSHealth’s Kathryn Seeley and others about the importance of patient and family engagement in eHealth at @eHealthConf #eHealth2019
— Haley Moore (@haleyl_moore) May 29, 2019
Sometimes the simplest tech solutions work best to address a need. Kids Help Phone demonstrated that when they talked about their texting service which helps their team deal with four rescues daily. Apps are cool, but texting is universally available without a download.
@KidsHelpPhone Alisa Simon, Chief Youth Officer, VP Service Innovation giving an overview of the country’s @CrisisTextLine …with an average of 4 active rescues daily, this texting service is so needed and important for Canadian youth #digitalhealth #eHealth2019 pic.twitter.com/4ZijXYJvPH
— Anne Tran Fazzalari (@annetranfazz) May 28, 2019
Given Canada’s expansive geography and uneven population distribution, virtual care (aka Telehealth) is a natural solution to bringing care to where patients need it. In the past the barrier as much technical as it was political. Now that the technology exists, we have a funding issue. Only a few provinces reimburse for virtual care and that has stalled its adoption.
Loving the discussion on health #equity and why #virtualcare isn’t covered in certain provinces across 🇨🇦. Very relevant to scaling digital health solutions for population in 🇨🇦 that reflect the needs and Canada Health Act primary values #eHealth2019 @eHealthConf
— Dia (@diatrUW) May 27, 2019
A personal highlight was listening to Humza Teherany @mlsedigital, Chief Technology and Digital Officer for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (the owners of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Raptors) talk about the importance of data-driven decisions. His statement about technology leaders needing a seat at the executive table struck a cord with the audience.
“Technology roles need to be at the table from the board and leadership perspective” lessons from @mlsedigital in building MLSC into the largest analytic shop in pro sports at @eHealthConf #ehealth2019 #PerformanceImprovement @CAMHnews pic.twitter.com/QlPeJLMWAI
— Jennifer Wilkie (@jennifermwilkie) May 28, 2019
It wouldn’t be a Canadian healthcare conference if the issue of fax machines didn’t come up at least once. Despite a concerted push by governments to digitize healthcare in Canada, the fax machine still reigns supreme when it comes to sharing records between organizations.
André Picard says “please axe the fax”, time to enter the new Century . The average Canadian doctor’s office receives 24,000 faxes per year … #eHealth2019 . It’s not a technological problem it’s a choice . pic.twitter.com/qHSa7q4Q4A
— Neil D. Fraser (@NeilD_Fraser) May 29, 2019
I can’t think of a better way to sum up #eHealth2019 than this tweet from Cassie Frazer @cassie482 from Canada Health Infoway, who captured this statement from closing speaker Andre Picard @picardonhealth
Important take-away – Canadians are excellent at studying the health care system. …now we need to get on with it – time to modernize to ensure value for money, effective tools, efficiencies and quality outcomes. @picardonhealth @eHealthConf #eHealth2019
— cassie frazer (@cassie482) May 29, 2019