Session Summary: Join us for a panel presentation exploring the recent giant leap forward in the adoption of virtual care and digital health solutions this past Spring, and where we are headed. For this panel we have invited former Rotman students who are making important contributions to the response to COVID-19.
About the Speakers:
Azi Boloorchi, Vice President, Innovation, Data & Strategic Projects, Revera Inc.
Azi Boloorchi is the Vice President of Innovation, Data & Strategic Projects at Revera, a leading owner, operator and investor in senior living. In her role, Azi is responsible for the design and execution of the company’s innovation strategy and startup investments and setting the course for a strategic focus on advanced analytics and AI initiatives. In addition, Azi overseas the business planning process and the execution of enterprise strategic projects through the Project Management Office.
Prior to joining Revera, Azi held a series of leadership positions in policy, strategy, execution and technology across the healthcare value chain. A lover of technology and a frequent speaker, Azi is passionate about helping entrepreneurs, students and executives to creatively transform healthcare. Azi holds an MBA and MSc (cardiovascular research) both from the University of Toronto and is a member of the Board of Directors at Mackenzie Health, a regional healthcare network.
Beth Gerritsen, Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care
Bethhas a key interest in digital technology and digital policy with past publications on the value of Virtual care in primary care for patients and online booking as a patient's right to access care. Beth sits as a member for the local Hamilton Health Team digital committee, and is a member of the digital Advisory Council for local HHS HITs. She holds a Master's of Nursing at University of Western, and is currently completing a Master's of Health Informatics at the University of Toronto with a focus on addressing the limitations of fax technology as a key barrier for patients to be engaged in a circle of care.
Beth holds a full time clinical position as a Primary Care Nurse Practitioner for the past 10 years and is an Associate Digital Lead with the Hamilton Family Health Team.
Karim S. Karim, Founder and CTO, KA Imaging
Karim is a founder and Chief Technology Officer of KA Imaging. Karim has developed novel X-ray imaging devices and systems since 1998 and has both supported and founded multiple startups in the past two decades. He is also a Professor of Engineering at the University of Waterloo where he has raised more than $15M in research grant funding, trained over 40 PhD and MASc students, has co-authored 250+ publications and 50+ patents. Some of the X-ray circuit technology he developed is now used in ultrasonic fingerprint sensors in mobile phones and tablets.
Esther Pollack, Associate Director, US Health Policy & Reimbursement at Johnson & Johnson
Esther is an experienced nurse, consultant and team leader. She brings over ten years of various healthcare industry experiences, from both Canada and the United States. Esther's experience spans across hospitals, ministries, agencies, and the private sector. She brings specific expertise in medical solutions, chronic disease management, public health, provincial programs, clinical information systems and clinical technology tools.
Esther received her MBA from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management as well as a BScN from Thomas Edison State College. Esther has been a registered nurse for over ten years and continuously builds on her front line clinical experience to deliver exceptional value to patients across the health care continuum.
Tim Matthews, Chief Operating Officer at AceAge
Over his career, Tim has served in numerous operating and advisory roles in the healthcare industry, with a particular focus in the community sector. He has worked alongside long term care / retirement homes, homecare operators, home medical equipment providers, physiotherapy clinics, non-hospital surgical centres and most recently, pharmacy. He is currently serving as Chief Operating Officer of AceAge, the company behind "Karie" a smart medication dispensing device designed to support individuals in the community and the management of their medication schedules.
Dr. Michael Warner, Head, Division of Critical Care and Medical Director Critical Care Services, Michael Garron Hospital President, AdvisoryMD
Michael Warner is a practicing intensivist and Medical Director of Critical Care at the Michael Garron Hospital. He is a Lecturer at the University of Toronto and educates residents on the financial aspects of transitioning to practice. In 2018, he won the Excellence in Community-Based Teaching award for the best teacher among all U of T community-based teaching hospitals. More recently, he founded thePPEdrive.com and has become a trusted physician voice in the media helping Canadians navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. A graduate of Queen's University School of Medicine, Dr. Warner trained in internal medicine and critical care at the University of Toronto. To nurture his interest in business, he completed the full-time MBA program at the Rotman School of Management. As a respected clinician and entrepreneur, Dr. Warner has successfully combined his interests in business and medicine. He served as the Medical Director of Best Doctors Canada and worked domestically and internationally as a healthcare consultant for PwC. He also served as Chief Medical Officer of a virtual care company and has a growing interest in coordinating real estate investment opportunities for physicians. In 2016 Dr. Warner started AdvisoryMD. He provides career coaching and personal finance education to physicians clients. For corporate clients he offers clinically informed business advice to companies ranging from healthcare start-up to private equity firm.
Joshua Williams, Lead, Project Alignment and Support, Investment and Performance, Digital Health Division, Ministry of Health
With over 15 years’ experience as a practicing physiotherapist, Josh Williams understands the gaps across the health care system that leads to poor experiences for patients and providers, less than optimal outcomes and unsustainable expenditures. He also understands the passion and pride that the workforce brings to their roles, the amazing innovation that happens in pockets of the system and the untapped potential that has yet to be realized through digital transformation. It was this experience and these insights that led him to enroll in the part-time Master of Business Administration program at Rotman and also transition away from clinical practice to a role with the Ontario Ministry of Health as a Senior Consultant in the Digital Health Division. In this role, Josh supports the implementation of the province’s Digital First for Health strategy and provides leadership to an evaluation that seeks to understand the impact of COVID-19 on the rapid virtualization of care delivery. Josh has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Ontario, a Master of Science, Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto and is also a Lecturer in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto.
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