Every two weeks, I take a look back on the stories and events that made an impact on me. Here is a roundup of my latest top 10.

  1. Digital Health Canada includes Gevity’s Dr. Margaret Kennedy, Chief Nursing Informatics Officer; and Joanne Templeton, Senior Managing Partner, Canada East, in the organization’s list of the top 10 women in digital health in 2018. It’s an honour to have these two amazing leaders as part of our team, and to have them recognized for their great work!
  2. Nov. 12-16, 2018 was Digital Health Week! One of the most important announcements of the week came from Canada Health Infoway at its Partnership Conference in Montreal that we attended: the launch of Access 2022,  a movement to innovate Canada’s health system and redefine where and how Canadians access care. 
  3. We spoke to futurist Zayna Khayat, who shared her thoughts on where we are now in digital health in Canada, the societal shifts that are driving change and the big, bold steps we need to take now to catch up to many other developed countries.
  4. Dr. Atul Gawande wrote a frank, thought-provoking piece for The New Yorker that everyone who is interested in digital health should read. It discusses the love-hate relationship many physicians have with technology and the important benefits that are being realized for patients as well.
  5. Google has hired Geisinger Health CEO David Feinberg to oversee its many fragmented health care initiatives – another example of how consumer interest is driving advances in digital health.
  6.  A Deloitte report looks at health in 2040 and predicts that three seven-year cycles of innovation will have occurred by then. The report foresees radically interoperable data, widespread use of AI, open, secure platforms and hyper-connected homes. Most importantly, it says, “digital health” will have become simply “health.”
  7. We attended a lively panel discussion on the future of digital health on Nov. 13 at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Will Falk, Executive in Residence, Think Research, moderated. The panel included Dr. Sacha BhatiaDirector, Women's College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care; Azi Boloorchi, Director, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, Revera Inc.; Greg Hein, Assistant Deputy Minister, Digital Health Secretariat, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care; and Shirlee Sharkey, President and CEO, SE Health. 
  8. A marketplace is emerging in which patients are being paid to provide their own identified health data to private companies. Pharmaceutical drug developers say they need this type of data to develop designer drugs, but there is the potential for shady brokers to misuse and resell the information. 
  9. As a company with many staff members and associates spread across the staff at various offices, client sites and remote locations, we constantly grapple with the question of how to maintain our culture and connection with everyone, wherever they are. This story about San Francisco startup GitLab reveals how transparency, virtual coffee breaks and office hours all help break down distance barriers.
  10. The percentage of Canadians who are getting the flu shot is too low for comfort, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. For various reasons, we’re failing to meet our goals.