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Experts Discuss "IT for Ontario Health Teams (OHTs)"

4:00 to 4:29pm registration check-in; 4:30 to 5:45pm discussion and audience Q&A; 5:45 to 6:30pm reception

Event Details


Date: Tuesday November 12, 2019 | 04:30 PM - 05:45 PM
Speaker(s): Dr. Darren Larsen, Chief Medical Officer, Ontario MD
Ms. Karen Fisher, Director, Community Partnerships, Bayshore Healthcare
Dr. Mira Backo-Shannon, Family Physician and Vice-President, Clinical, Health System Integration and Strategy, Mississauga Halton LHIN
Aaron Berk, Partner, KPMG

HOST: Will Falk, Adjunct Professor, Rotman School of Management
Topic: "IT for Ontario Health Teams (OHTs)"
Venue: Fleck Atrium (Ground Floor, North Building) | map
Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto,
105 St George Street
Location: Toronto
Cost: $25 plus HST per person (register for all 4 Health IT sessions for $75.00 plus HST)
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SUMMARY: A panel of experts will discuss the key challenges in digital health facing Ontario Health Teams as they move toward deeper integration (or in some cases begin the integration process) and partnerships.


For those who attend four sessions in the Link and Learn Series you may be eligible for a certificate of completion.

  1. November 6, 2019 - Procurement and Innovation Session: Transforming the healthcare supply chain
  2. November 12, 2019 - Health IT Session 1: IT for Ontario Health Teams (OHTs)
  3. November 20, 2019 - Global Health Session 1: The Global Sanitation Challenge - Opportunities for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  4. November 27, 2019 - Global Health Session 2: Private Sector Entrepreneurship in Global Health: Innovation, Scale, and Sustainability
  5. December 10, 2019 - Health IT Session 2:  Artificial Intelligence and Healthcare - Are we there yet?
  6. February 4, 2020 - Health IT Session 3: How Canada`s Digital Entrepreneurs Are Creatively Destroying and Modernizing Healthcare
  7. February 10, 2020 - MedTech Module: Key Trends in MedTech Strategy
  8. March 3, 2020 - Health IT Session 4: The Aging Population and Digital Solutions

The certificate is available to all Rotman students, as well as anyone from the broader public. If you attend four sessions in-person you are eligible for the certificate. A person may take up to two years to complete the necessary sessions. Details of events will be posted above and updated on an on-going basis.

For more information on the Rotman Link and Learn Series Certificate please contact Rosemary Hannam, Senior Research Associate - Sandra Rotman Centre for Health Sector Strategy, at


Dr. Mira Backo-Shannon, is currently a practicing family physician and Vice-President, Clinical, Health System Integration and Strategy at the Mississauga Halton LHIN. She is a Queen’s Medical School graduate, who has worked in the Mississauga Halton region since 2002. In her initial role as a physician hospitalist at Halton Healthcare Services, Dr. Backo-Shannon held several leadership positions, including President of the Professional Staff Association and Director of the Hospital Medicine Program. She later moved into community family practice, co-founding the OakMed Family Health Team, where she served as Physician Lead and Medical Director. She joined the Mississauga Halton LHIN in 2013 as the Primary Care Physician Lead, where she was also Chair of the Primary Care Network and the Primary Care Steering Committee. She held that position until 2017, when she became the Vice-President Clinical for the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network, under which she also leads the Research and Innovation platforms. She recently completed her term as Program Chief and Medical Director of Primary Care, Seniors Care, Palliative Care, Rehab and Complex Continuing Care at Trillium Health Partners.

Dr. Backo-Shannon is a Lecturer at the University of Toronto and an Associate Clinical Professor at McMaster University medical schools. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Health Policy and Administration from the University of Toronto, and an Advanced Health Leadership Certificate from Rotman. Her work focuses on health system transformation and integration of care, physician leadership development, innovation in health care design and partnerships.

Aaron Berk is a Partner in KPMG’s Healthcare Advisory practice. He has over 20 years of experience as a clinician, hospital manager and consultant. His experience ranges from Provincial levels through front lines of care. Aaron is focused on helping to modernize and transform our healthcare system in a digital context. His experience includes redesigning care – illustrated through his work supporting emerging Ontario Health Teams, as well as a focus on advancing digital health initiatives across the health system. Aaron is a board member for the Ontario Community Support Association and the Information Technology Association of Canada (Health) and holds an appointment with the University of Toronto’s institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation.

Karen Fisher, MBA, B.H.Sc.(PT), is the Director of Community Partnerships with Bayshore HealthCare and is responsible for driving the Canadian Growth Strategy for Integrated Funding Models through the development of purposeful partnerships with hospital teams to support seamless transition of patient care into the community. Utilizing innovative programs of care that triangulate data, technology and service to support exceptional outcome-based results and patient experience.

Karen holds a degree in Health Sciences (Physiotherapy) from McMaster University and a Master in Business Administration from University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business. She is a member of the Medtech Home to Community Collaborative; the North York Toronto Health Partners Ontario Health Team Core Group and the North Simcoe Muskoka Health Professionals Advisory Committee.

Dr. Darren Larsen is the Chief Medical Officer of Ontario MD. Over his 26 years as a comprehensive care Family Physician Darren has been involved in many provincial and national Health IT, Quality and Leadership initiatives in Canada. He has advised and acted for OntarioMD, Joule, the Ontario Medical Association, and the Canadian Medical Association. He serves on multiple digital health, primary care and quality committees for Health Quality Ontario, eHealth Ontario and Cancer Care Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. He is currently vice chair of the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario and a senior fellow at WIHV (Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care). His digital health interest include data analytics, measurement for quality improvement and accountability, physician change and issues of scale and spread.

Darren obtained his Bachelor of Science at the University of Alberta, Medical Doctorate at the University of Calgary, did residency at the University of Ottawa and holds a Masters Certificate in Physician Leadership from York University’s Schulich School of Executive Management. He currently works as Chief Medical Officer for OntarioMD and teaches in the Department of Family and Community Medicine as well as the Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

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Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received in writing to 24 hours prior to the event will receive a refund less a $10 administration fee per person. If we do not receive written notice of your cancellation, you will be charged the full amount for this session. Substitutions are always welcome.


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