Technologies in Emergency Care - TEC Vancouver Conference 2019
Organized by clinicians for clinicians, TEC Vancouver brings health professionals, health organizational and industry leaders together to apply innovations to real life challenges in primary and emergency patient care in BC and beyond.
Top reasons to be at this conference:
- See how health professionals apply innovations for patient care and education
- Hear emerging trends of digital health from international clinician leaders, health policy leaders and industry experts
- Participate in dialogues on healthcare gaps seeking technology solutions
- Network with like-minded colleagues to generate ideas and pathfinding approaches
|Date:||Saturday, November 2, 2019|
|Time:||8:30 am to 4:30 pm PST|
|Venue:||Vancouver General Hospital
899 W 12th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9
Please refer to the conference brochure for the most up-to-date conference details, including a showcase of confirmed speakers, schedule overview, registration information, and more. This document will be updated closer to the conference with our full speaker list, detailed schedule, and more.
Are you interested in joining us to learn about emerging health technologies and their pathway to implementation? Continue reading for more information about registration for TEC Vancouver 2019.
TEC Vancouver welcomes health professionals, health administrators, and health professional trainees to register. There will be a variety of programming aimed at professionals interested in gaining deep, diverse exposure to the latest topics involving technology in emergency and primary care.
Conference registration is open to:
- Allied Health Professionals
- Health Administrators & Policy Makers
- Health Professional Trainees
Industry leaders interested in participating are invited to contact email@example.com for corporate involvement.
In addition to enjoying a comprehensive day of programming including lectures, question & answer periods, and panel discussions, your registration to TEC Vancouver includes several perks.
- Networking opportunities with both up-and-coming and established leaders in the field of health technology
- Complimentary catered lunch and refreshments throughout the day
- A certificate of attendance (upon request)
TEC Vancouver is excited to offer a special Early Bird rate for all attendees who register prior to September 15, 2019. In addition, discounted pricing is available for nurses, residents, medical students, and allied health professionals. Please see full pricing details below.
(Before Sept. 15, 2019)
(After Sept. 15, 2019)
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*The reduced rate applies to nurses, residents, medical students and allied health professionals. Please provide proof of your status at our registration desk during check-in on the conference day. A certificate of attendance can be provided upon request.
Speakers & Content
We are excited to present a showcase of select speakers & panelists for TEC Vancouver 2019. Click below to see their biographies and talk information, and check back soon for new information. More speakers & panelists will be announced closer to the conference.
Dr. Shez Partovi, MD
Worldwide Lead, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Genomics, Amazon Web Services
Stay tuned for the announcement of this highly anticipated keynote talk
Dr. Shez Partovi obtained his medical degree from McGill University and completed his neuroradiology subspecialty training at Barrow Neurological Institute. His undergraduate program at UBC was in Life Sciences and Computer Science. He is a serial entrepreneur and has launched a number of health IT companies. After a decade of clinical practice, Dr. Partovi transitioned into an executive role at the 4th largest health system in the US, where he served as its Chief Digital Officer/SVP of Digital Transformation. Dr. Partovi joined Amazon Web Services in 2018 as the Worldwide Lead for Healthcare, Life Sciences and Genomics.
Professor Kelvin Tsoi, BSc PhD
Research Associate Professor, Stanley Ho Big Data Decision Research Centre
Associate Professor, Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care, and Jockey Club Institute of Ageing, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Professor Tsoi's talk will give insight on how Digital Health reduce the burden of health system by applying machine learning techniques on the blood pressure variation to predict the risk of hospitalization among hypertensive patients.
Professor Kelvin Tsoi is a Digital Epidemiologist and Data Scientist. He is the President of the International Society of Digital Health. His Doctoral degree in Medical Sciences and Bachelor degree in Statistics were obtained from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on Digital Health, including data capturing techniques, machine learning application and sensor data with wearable devices. Professor Tsoi is currently conducting research on the non-communicable diseases in ageing population with digital dementia screening and machine learning on blood pressure variability.
Dr. Wayne Choi, MD FRCPC
Emergency Physician, Royal Columbian Hospital
Member of the Board, Section of Emergency Medicine, Doctors of BC
A patient’s emergency department (ED) visit is often very stressful: Why am I waiting so long? What happens during the visit? What do I need to know after I’m discharged? Dr. Choi will discuss how he and his team are striving to improve the patient’s experience via an app.
Dr. Wayne Choi is a full time Emergency Physician at the Royal Columbian Hospital. Prior to medicine, he worked in the software industry with a focus on user experience. Now, Wayne combines his skillset in both, holding a special interest in the intersection of technology, innovation, and medicine. He has designed an ultrasound logging app for education, EchoLog, used across the country. He is also on the board of the Section of Emergency Medicine of Doctors of BC.
Dr. Douglas Kingsford, BHB MBChB PhD FRNZCGP
Chief Medical Information Officer, Digital Health Initiative, BC Ministry of Health
Driven by a need and opportunities to improve quality of care, improve population health, increase access to care, provide better patient and clinician experience, and improve clinician productivity and overall system efficiency, the Ministry of Health has launched the provincial Digital Health Initiative. Dr. Kingsford will present the DHI and its implications for care delivery.
Dr Kingsford is Chief Medical Information Officer of the Provincial Digital Health Initiative with the Ministry of Health and co-chair of the Information Privacy and Security Standing Committee. He is a primary care physician with an Electronic Engineering PhD in artificial intelligence, with particular interests in artificial intelligence, machine learning, interoperability, integrated care and workflow coordination.
Tolga Tarhan, MBA
Chief Technology Officer, Onica
The cloud is changing how the world innovates. In this talk, Tolga will explore how the cloud is powering the next generation of medical devices and research.
As Onica’s Chief Technology Officer, Tolga Tarhan leads the company’s technological vision by pushing innovation and driving strategy for product development and service offerings. With two decades of experience leading and hands-on software development, his cross-functional technical expertise gives him unique insight into the best approaches for building complex systems and applications. Tolga has an MBA from Pepperdine University and helps customers strategize beyond technology solutions to improve their businesses and grow their bottom line.
Dr. Jim Christenson, MD FRCPC
Professor and Head, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine
Executive Lead, BC Emergency Medicine Network
During this presentation, Dr. Christensen will discuss the BC Emergency Medicine Network and its impact on Emergency Medicine in BC.
Dr. Jim Christenson is an emergency physician at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. He is a Professor and Head of the Academic Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He has a wide range of experience in emergency care clinical research, related to clinical decision rules and resuscitation.
Dr. Christenson leads a team that built and launched the BC Emergency Medicine Network (EMN) to facilitate knowledge sharing and clinical support for all emergency practitioners in British Columbia. It is growing quickly and utilizing technology to change the way emergency care providers in all emergency settings are supported and how they communicate new knowledge and practice change.
Dr. Teresa Chan, HBSc BEd MD FRCPC MHPE DRCPSC
Emergency Physician, Hamilton Health Sciences
Base Hospital Physician, Centre for Paramedic Education and Research
Assistant Professor, McMaster University
Dr. Chan will discuss the ins and outs of the current models for operating FOAM organizations and reveal some of the systemic threats, and invite participants to consider how online continuing education will evolve in the coming years.
Dr. Teresa Chan is an assistant professor at McMaster University. Locally, she is the Specialty Committee Chair of the RCPSC Clinician Educator Area of Focused Competency Diploma program, and the McMaster Program Director. Dr. Chan is one of the founding members of the CanadiEM website, the MedEdLIFE research collaborative, and a key member of the METRIQ Study Group. She is the Chief Academic Officer of the international Faculty Incubator program for the Academic Life in Emergency Medicine (ALiEM) group. Dr. Chan is also interested in developing & evaluating medical education innovations.
Dr. Robert DiRaddo, PhD
Chief Medical Information Officer, Digital Health Initiative, BC Ministry of Health
Robert will present his group’s current research work in digital therapeutics and digital monitoring, with particular emphasis on projects with the B.C. ecosystem and work of relevance to emergency medicine.
Robert DiRaddo obtained his PhD in Engineering from McGill University in Montreal. He started his career in the private sector working at two multi-national companies. He then moved to the NRC starting as an Assistant Research Officer and eventually progressed to Principal Research Officer and Section Head, Simulation and Digital Health at NRC. He currently oversees four biomedical software research teams that work in a variety of projects in collaboration with clinicians and industry. Projects his researchers have worked on range from the development of a surgical skills simulator, virtual-reality cognitive care and remote interactive patient management.
Dr. Rob Power, EdD
President, Power Learning Solutions
President, International Association for Mobile Learning
Adjunct Professor of Educational Technology, Athabasca University, Cape Breton University, Mount Royal University, Ontario Tech University, University of Manitoba
Dr. Power will discuss opportunities to leverage mobile technologies for just-in-time learning for emergency health care professionals, and to improve communication with patients. Dr. Power will also identify some of the pitfalls with the use of mobile technologies in emergency patient care.
Rob Power is the President of Power Learning Solutions. He also teaches graduate-level educational technology courses in distributed learning contexts at 4 major universities. Dr. Power has taught information and communications technology at the K12 and post-secondary levels, and has worked as an instructional developer in the higher and continuing education sectors. Since 2013, he has taken a leading role with the International Association for Mobile Learning (IAmLearn), and has served as the Chair of the 12th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn 2013). Dr. Power was elected President of the Executive Committee of IAmLearn at mLearn 2017.
Dr. Aikta Verma, MD MHSc FRCPC
Chief, Department of Emergency Services, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Dr. Verma will be speaking about how they use physician iPhones at Sunnybrook Hospital to improve flow through the Emergency Department.
Dr. Aikta Verma is the Chief of the Department of Emergency Services at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, a tertiary-care, academic hospital in Toronto. As the first woman in this position, she strives to address issues around bias, diversity, equity, and wellness. She completed a Master’s Degree in Health Administration, with a special interest in Quality Improvement, and she conducted groundbreaking research about push-alert notifications to ED physician smartphones. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, and has held several leadership roles in the Emergency Medicine residency training program, including Assistant Program Director.
Dr. John Pawlovich, MD FCFP
Program Coordinator, REAP (Rural Education Action Plan, BC)
Medical Director, Carrier Sekani Family Services
Clinical Professor, Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia
Sector Lead, Rural Coordination Center of BC (RCCbc)
Dr. Pawlovich will share his experience using simulation in the rural emergency room using virtual care technology
Dr. John Pawlovich is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Practice at University of British Columbia (UBC). He has worked in many rural and remote sites across Canada. Over the last twenty plus years, his interest in Indigenous Health has evolved with a focus of bringing innovative primary care and specialty services onto reserve to reach the people most in need. Using new technology such as telehealth from his home office in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Dr. Pawlovich is able to connect to multiple remote aboriginal communities to help provide the daily primary care they deserve and need.
Dr. Pawlovich is a co-founder and co-lead of the BC Virtual Health Grand Rounds and the e-Health theme lead for the UBC Faculty of Medicine. He speaks both nationally and internationally on virtual healthcare solutions and systems.
We all have ideas on how to use innovations to improve patient care and health system transformation. But what does it take to make these ideas and products come to life? How do the different stakeholders work together to create and facilitate true and lasting impact?
This panel features 3 conference keynote speakers, Dr. Shez Partovi, Dr. Teresa Chan, & Dr. Robert DiRaddo, as well as other experts in the healthcare innovation space, shown below, all of whom will help make sense of the diverse roles involved, and identify key steps to translate innovations to real-life practices.
Darcia Pope, BComm MHA
Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer, Vancouver Coastal Health
Darcia is Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer at VCH, where she oversees the strategic and operational planning processes, supports the measurement and realization of enterprise-wide strategic initiatives and leads the Innovation Portfolio. Darcia joined VCH in 2002 as Director of Enterprise Services in IMITS before moving into the new position of Executive Director of Transformation focusing on Workforce Optimization, Primary and Community Systems projects, and Strategic Initiatives. Prior to joining VCH, she held roles at St. Paul’s Hospital and was the Change Leader for the amalgamation of Providence Health Care.
Dr. Ryan C.N. D’Arcy, EngL BSc MSc PhD
President and Chief Scientific Officer, HealthTech Connex, Inc.
Professor & BC Leadership Chair, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Simon Fraser University
Surrey Memorial Hospital Fdn. BC Leadership Chair in Multimodal Tech. for Healthcare Innovation
Head, Health Sciences and Innovation, Surrey Memorial Hospital
Dr. Ryan C.N. D’Arcy, EngL is neuroscientist and entrepreneur. He co-founded both the Health and Technology District and Health Tech Connex in BC. He is an Engineer Licensee in neurotechnology, and did his post-doctoral training in medical imaging physics at the National Research Council’s Institute for Biodiagnostics. He spent over a decade at the NRC, leading the development of Atlantic Canada’s biomedical imaging cluster. In 2012, he began developing BC’s health technology innovation cluster and continued translational neuroimaging and neurotechnology initiatives in point of care technologies, functional MRI, MEG, and EEG monitoring, and advanced multimodal neuroimaging R&D.
Megan Stowe, RN BN MScN
Executive Director for Virtual Health and Clinical Education, Vancouver Coastal Health
Megan Stowe is the Executive Director for Virtual Health and Clinical Education at Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. Holding previous roles such as Chief Clinical Information Officer, Clinical Director of Redevelopment and Provincial Director of Operations Megan has become passionate about transformation in healthcare through the intersection of leadership, quality improvement, education and technology. Megan has previously led the implementation of electronic documentation and is currently leading Vancouver Coastal Health’s Virtual Health transformation.
Dr. Damian Claydon-Platt, MBBS GradDip InfSys PhD CHIA MACHI AFRACMA CPHIMS-CA
Chief Clinical Information Officer, IMITS VPP, VCH, PHSA, & PHC
Executive Lead, Clinical Systems + Transformation Project, CST
With 20 years of clinical experience in intensive care and 5 years as Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO) at large healthcare organizations, Damian Claydon-Platt is currently the Executive Lead of the Clinical Systems + Transformation project. In this role, he is working to improve the technology ecosystem within healthcare, to support improvements in safety, quality and efficiency, as well as positioning the project to take advantage of the numerous transformation opportunities presented by digitization. He is deeply passionate about the digital transformation of healthcare at all levels.
Digital Emergency Medicine is a research unit in the UBC Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine, with the goal of introducing, researching and implementing technology innovations in emergency and primary care with their interdisciplinary partners to improve people’s health and strengthen health systems.
The Department of Emergency Medicine at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) sees over 95,000 patients per year and houses a Level 1 Trauma Centre. VGH is a 955 bed adult tertiary care hospital focusing on tertiary, trauma, and neurological care. The Emergency Medicine group at VGH supports strong research and academic educational programs.
The VGH + UBC Hospital Foundation is the philanthropic engine for health care innovation and transformation in British Columbia. As the primary philanthropic partner to Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) — BC’s largest health authority — the Foundation partners with donors to drive innovation and sustainable health care at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH), UBC Hospital, GF Strong Rehab Centre, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCH Research Institute), and Vancouver Community Health Services.
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (VCH) is a world class, award winning health care organization delivering innovative medical care, research and teaching. It provides primary through quaternary care, home and community care, mental health and substance use services, as well as population and preventive health to over 1.25 million British Columbians.
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