On May 29, 2018, at the Digital Health Canada Annual General Meeting in Vancouver, I completed my two-year term as the association’s President, and welcomed a new Board of Directors who will continue to build bridges across and beyond health care and push the boundaries of the organization’s efforts to date. Congratulations to our new president, Shiran Isaacksz, Senior Director, University Health Network, and to all the other new board members!
The AGM, held in conjunction with the eHealth 2018 Conference, was a great opportunity to highlight some of the truly impressive advances the association has made over the past few years, including its successful rebranding as Digital Health Canada, a reinvention of an organization that had been known since 1975 as the Canadian Organization for the Advancement of Computers in Health (COACH). You can download the 2017-2018 Annual Report here.
Over the past year, Digital Health Canada’s membership grew to more than 2,500 members, a reflection of the impact the association is making in the digital health sphere through activities such as co-hosting the annual eHealth Canada conference, Canada’s only national digital health event, and hosting an ever-increasing number of regional conferences, meet-ups and breakfast events.
As well, the association has focused on forging partnerships between public and private organizations and with sectors outside of health care and technology, and it’s clear there is an enormous appetite for embracing innovation and developing digital healthcare solutions to improve healthcare outcomes across the entire country.
Digital Health Canada has also recognized the important contributions of women in the digital health field, with a Women Leaders in Digital Health Award that celebrates the top 10 female visionaries who are harnessing the power of IT to transform health and health care in Canada today. To see the 2017 award winners, please click here.
As CEO of Gevity Consulting Inc., a company focused on enabling a healthier world, and a member of Canada Health Informatics Executive Forum, or CHIEF, I am proud to have played a role in the evolution of this important organization. I thank all of Digital Health Canada’s outgoing board members and wish all incoming new members the very best as they help realize the association’s goals of connecting, inspiring and educating digital health professionals, whether public or private sector.