The opening keynote for AppsForHealth 2016 has been announced! Check out the details from appsforhealth.ca below.
Now in its sixth year, Apps For Health is has become one of Ontario‚Äôs premier information-sharing, networking and recruiting event for the digital health industries. This interactive, one-day event provides a valuable opportunity for professionals from healthcare, technology and education to come together to discuss current and emerging trends in health, technology, medical education, and entrepreneurship. – appsforhealth.ca
When: Thursday April 28th 2016
Where: Mohawk College @ 135 Fennel Avenue West Hamilton, Ontario
The opening keynote will be moderated by Mark Casselmen, CEO of COACH and will feature William Charnetski, Ontario‚Äôs Chief Health Innovation Strategist, David Thomas, Vice President of Telus Health and Renato DiCenza, Executive Vice-President Enterprise and Innovation, Hamilton Health Sciences. A moderated discussion will follow.
William Charnetski, Ontario’s Chief Health Innovation Strategist
Mr. Charnetski is an accomplished national and global executive who has worked in the highest levels of business, law and government. He has a track record of leading transformational change, developing organizations, leading people to realize their potential, fostering internal and external partnerships and collaboration, and delivering results. He has spent more than 10 years working on integrated health solutions in Canada and around the world in the rapidly changing global pharmaceutical industry.
Mr. Charnetski most recently worked in the United Kingdom with AstraZeneca, one of the world’s largest innovative pharmaceutical companies. He led the global government affairs and public policy function and had responsibilities for corporate social responsibility and regional communications. His team delivered tangible business results while enhancing health outcomes in many places around the world.
Prior to that, he was VP, Integrated Health Solutions, and General Counsel for AstraZeneca Canada. He was also a leader of the industry’s work with the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and other Ontario ministries to help bring an integrated approach to adopting value-adding innovative pharmaceutical technologies to Ontario.
His work across the Canadian health care system has included building collaborative approaches to adopting innovative value-adding technologies across a variety of fields of study. In particular, for many years he has been a leader with the Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation at Western University – first as a member of its Advisory Council and now as a Health Innovator-in-Residence. Mr. Charnetski was an original member of the Steering Committee of the Centre for the Advancement of Health Innovation (within the Conference Board of Canada) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Health Economics in Edmonton.
Renato Discenza, Executive Vice President, Strategy & Innovation, Hamilton Health Sciences
Mr. Discenza oversees a diverse portfolio that includes Strategy and Project Management, Health Information Technology Services (HITS), Communications & Public Affairs, Business Development, and Research including providing executive leadership to Hamilton Health Sciences Research Institute.
Mr. Discenza is focused on revenue generation through existing and new HHS affiliated organizations, so that HHS is able to continue the delivery of excellent healthcare for the communities we serve. Mr. Discenza has over 25 years of extensive experience in the public and private sectors. He has a proven track record of identifying and delivering sustainable revenue generating initiatives, and leading transformational activities that enhance quality, efficiency, and employee and customer satisfaction.
Before joining HHS, Mr. Discenza was the President and CEO of Invest Toronto, and has held leadership positions with Infrastructure Ontario, Bell Canada, AT&T Canada and General Motors of Canada. A strong advocate of volunteer service, Mr. Discenza has a lengthy history of participation on the boards of many community agencies and organizations including the United Way of Toronto, the Change Foundation, the Toronto East General Hospital and Credit Valley Hospital.
David Thomas, Vice President, Telus Health
David Thomas is a Vice President at TELUS Health, with national responsibilities for the development and implementation of large complex health deals and the solution platforms they require.. His team has been instrumental in the success of TELUS Health on many of their current large complex deals, taking these opportunities from concept through sales, implementation, to operations. Over the last few years he has been almost entirely focused on securing and expanding the footprint of health activity in Ontario, Newfoundland and British Columbia in the areas of drug information systems, chronic disease management, and telehealth. His team‚Äôs most recent success is the large Connecting GTA initiative, which has been rolling out successive stages of functionality in production since mid 2014.
Mr. Thomas has been with TELUS, via several acquisitions, since 2004, working for several years internationally in Asia Pacific, and then subsequently more nationally, on large projects in Ottawa, Toronto, Newfoundland and BC. He has twenty five years of experience in the Health Care industry spanning both the public and the private sectors, and across the diversity of acute care, ambulatory care and homecare services. David has extensive experience as a healthcare consultant and as an executive in operations, business development, and in managing large, complex, political projects.
He has to his academic credit a Master of Health Sciences in Health Administration from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Science from McGill University. He has also completed a Certification Course from Harvard Law School in an Executive Program in Negotiation, and rounded out his business background with a number of post graduate economics courses.
Mark Casselman, CEO, COACH: Canada‚Äôs Health Informatics Association
Mr. Casselman oversees COACH, Canada’s Health Informatics Association. As CEO, Mr. Casselman is moving COACH forward to expand its capacity, enhance services to members, deliver increasing value across the association‚Äôs professional offerings, and address emerging areas such as mobile health (mHealth), Internet of Things (IoT), virtual care, and innovation management. Throughout his 15+ year career he has held key roles with major organizations in the industry, including PwC, University Health Network (UHN), and Humber College. He has a proven track record of working with stakeholders and integrating both shared and different perspectives to create successes.
His previous experience includes roles as Director, Healthcare Consulting (National Lead, mHealth) with PwC, board member with the Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre, Senior Project Manager with the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation & SIMS, Professor, Health Promotion with Humber College, and co-founder of Motus Health.
Paul Biondich, Director, Global Health Informatics Program, Regenstrief Institute
Dr. Paul Biondich, MD, MS is the Director of Global Health Informatics Program and Research Scientist at the Regenstrief Institute, Inc. He is also an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, as well as a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, an elected body of individuals who have made significant and sustained contributions to the field of medical informatics.
In his leadership role of the Global Health Informatics program, Dr. Biondich participates in a wide variety of strategically important health informatics initiatives for PEPFAR, Gates Foundation, CDC, USAID, WHO and GIZ. All these projects provide a rich substrate that allows him to study these unique environments and learn the effectiveness of various health informatics interventions applied to these settings. He is also the co-founder and project lead of OpenMRS, an open source medical record system platform to support underserved populations, which is currently used in over 80 countries around the world.
Dr. Biondich participates in international architectural development efforts, both through his leadership of a WHO (World Health Organization) Collaborating Centre in Medical Informatics, and in the formation of a new adaptive technical assistance community that supports national planning and implementation of health information sharing architectures which is represented in an Open Health Information Exchange (OpenHIE).