#eHealth2019 – Challenges and Opportunities for Canadian Healthcare

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


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Colin Hung

Colin Hung

Colin Hung is the co-founder of the #hcldr (healthcare leadership) tweetchat one of the most popular and active healthcare social media communities on Twitter. Colin speaks, tweets and blogs regularly about healthcare, technology, marketing and leadership. He is currently an independent marketing consultant working with leading healthIT companies. Colin is a member of #TheWalkingGallery. His Twitter handle is: @Colin_Hung.