Conferences and Education


Institute for Health Technology Transformation Vancouver Health IT Summit

September 17 - 18, 2015
Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver, Canada

Mark Your Calendar for this Must-Attend Healthcare Conference

Each year, the Institute hosts a series of events & programs which promote improvements in the quality, safety, and efficiency of health care through information technology and facilitating knowledge exchange. iHT² programs are designed to support multi-stakeholder organizations who are navigating through health IT issues, policies and strategies in an attempt to improve care. Institute programs include a variety of guest speakers and keynotes representing many diverse sectors within health care. Speaker faculty provide expert advice, practical recommendations, solution-oriented best practices and reactions related to the most pressing issues.

This hosted event brings together C-level, physician, practice management and IT decision-makers from North America’s leading provider organizations and physician practices. For two full days, executives interact with a national audience of peers, national leaders and solution providers featuring the latest solutions for practice management, mobility, telemedicine, outsourcing, IT infrastructure, next-generation electronic medical records, disease management, and more.

Now in its eighth successful year, the Health IT Summit is the premier executive summit focused on the strategies and tools that are re-defining customer care, collaboration and efficiency in the healthcare provider markets.

Best of all, the Health IT Summit is not a trade show or traditional conference but an intimate, upscale experience in a world-class venue. The unique agenda features a preview of the latest healthcare technologies, industry panels with healthcare luminaries, product demonstrations from leading vendors, and high-level content from researchers reporting on the healthcare industry. Attendees also have the ability to schedule one-on-one meetings with vendors and other delegates of their choice, and attend high-level networking events and receptions.

When registering use the code "Longwoods" and receive a 15% discount.

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Network Leadership Symposium 2015

September 22 - 24, 2015
University of Alberta, Lister Centre, Edmonton , Alberta

Since 2005, a collaborative of individuals and organizations from across Canada, the United States and Europe has planned and hosted six Networks Leadership Symposia designed for senior government, research and organizational leaders to explore ways to establish, support, manage and evaluate inter-organizational networks. Building on our prior success, a seventh symposium is being planned for September 2015 in Edmonton, Alberta.

The 2015 symposium will explore if and/or how inter-organizational networks can help address critical policy issues and practice challenges. Specifically, can networks be used successfully as deliberate tools or interventions to create better public policy, services and practice; or are they simply so ubiquitous that they have become the universal remedy, effective or not, for any wicked problem?

Why get involved in Networks as Interventions: Policy Tool or Panacea?

1)      Access to network experts and health, policy, knowledge mobilization and research professionals from across Canada;

2)      A unique entry point to multiple professional networks and organizations, including evaluation, public policy, public administration, health care, public health, environmental management and applied research;

3)      Increased opportunities for collaboration, partnership and engagement in priority areas;

4)      An opportunity to demonstrate leadership and innovation by being part of cutting-edge network research, policy and applied work;

5)      An opportunity to connect with network thought leaders and innovators from across Canada, and internationally.

Registration is typically limited to encourage active participation among registrants and with presenters



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ePrivacy Series

September 22, 2015 to October 6, 2015
Online, Canada

Live, interactive, online sessions using WebEx

Privacy in any healthcare related organization has become an essential component to success. These 7 sessions cover practical steps to addressing legal privacy requirements as well as look into the interactions and principles needed to manage privacy-related security risks. 

ePrivacy Essentials (3 Part Course)
Privacy Fundamentals
Implementing a Privacy Program
Privacy Impact Assessment

Additional ePrivacy Sessions
Privacy and the Law
Privacy Training
Privacy by Design
Security for Privacy Professionals


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2015 Health Technology Assessment for Decision Makers

September 28 - 30, 2015
University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

Registration Opens: July 1, 2015
Registration Deadline: 
September 4, 2015

An intensive course on pragmatic HTA tools for decision makers, industry representatives and researchers

  • Review and appraise clinical evidence
  • Assess and interpret cost-effectiveness analyses
  • Identify ways to address social and ethical issues through HTA

This year the course is a product of collaboration between the Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment Collaborative (THETA), Institute of Health, Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto and Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto.

The HTA Institute will bring together experts from a range of disciplines to provide attendees with pragmatic tools for HTA. This three-day intensive course will be useful to individuals who use HTA to make decisions relating to drugs, devices, and programs.


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eHealth Shared Services: Principles & Tools for Effective Governance

October 7 - 21, 2015
Online, Canada

Live, interactive, online sessions using WebEx

Instructor - Roger Girard, Health Information Integration and eHealth Canadian Expert

This series will focus on the concept of shared services, where two or more health organizations share all or a portion of their eHealth and IT needs. 

The series will begin with an introduction and explanation of the nature of eHealth services, and then why and how these can and should be shared between many different health providers. The concept of leverage within a Shared Services model is explained, and how eHealth supports broad integration within the healthcare enterprise. The second part of the series covers more advanced topics, including the various eHealth Shared Services Models that can be utilized, Governance Models, Service Level Agreements, and concludes on Advanced Concepts such as the Cloud, and how this will affect eHealth services over time. This is the future of eHealth in Canada.

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The Big Data for Productivity Congress

October 19 - 21, 2015
Halifax, NS

The Big Data for Productivity Congress is the world’s first conference to focus on how Big Data is improving the productivity of business, government, and health services.
On October 19 to 21 in Halifax NS, Canada, senior business and government executives will hear from some of the world’s leading thinkers on Big Data and on the themes of the congress: Health, Smart Cities, the Internet of Everything and Business Productivity. The plenary speaker this year is world-renowned futurist Ray Kurzweil, who is described as the “ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes magazine.
The Health Analytics track offers some of the best minds in the world on using Big Data for improved patient outcomes. Including Dr. John Mattison, Chief Medical Information Officer, Kaiser Permanente and Dr. Brett Trusko, Professor of Biomedical Infomatics, Texas A&M. Speakers include Dr. Steve Shaha and Margie Kennedy Ph.D.
We look forward to you joining us for an opportunity to learn, connect and collaborate in one of the world’s leading centres for innovation in Big Data.

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AFHTO 2015 Conference

October 28 - 29, 2015
Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto, ON

Team-Based Primary Care: The Foundation of a Sustainable Health System

Research from around the world shows that cost-effective and high-performing health systems are based on a strong foundation of comprehensive primary care. Ontario’s health system is transforming to become more sustainable and person-centred; primary care is the critical component. Now is the time for leaders and collaborators to ask – how are we strengthening primary care to fill this need?

Join over 800 interprofessional primary care providers, patients and community partners at the AFHTO 2015 Conference. We’ll spend two session-packed days studying innovations in primary care, strengthening partnerships and addressing the challenges facing Ontario’s primary care teams.

Register an individual or team for the conference

Reserve a room at the preferred group rate at the Westin Harbour Castle
Book discounted travel arrangements with Bearskin Air, Porter Airlines and/or VIA Rail Canada
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We look forward to seeing you at the AFHTO 2015 Conference!

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Health Informatics Bootcamp 2 - The Challenges in Advancing eHealth

October 28, 2015 to December 9, 2015
Online, Canada

Live, interactive, online sessions using WebEx

14 CPE credits (14 HIM CPE credits for CHIMA members).

Bootcamp 2 is an online intensive, highly interactive course which focuses on the 12 key challenges in advancing eHealth. Based on our widely acclaimed Bootcamp program, Bootcamp 2 is new - new concept, new content, new format. However, the program provides all of the Original Bootcamp content through our online library.

Bootcamp 2 is centered on 7 live online sessions which feature round table discussion. These live discussion sessions will be led by Canada's leading experts in eHealth and clinical informatics, Prof. Dominic Covvey & Dr. Tom Rosenal.

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Advanced Health Leadership Program

February 22 - 26, 2016
Toronto, Ontario
Equipping health system leaders for the future.
15-day program (three 5-day modules) 
Dates: the three module dates are as follows: 
- Module I: February 22–26, 2016
- Module II: April 18–22, 2016
- Module III: June 13–17, 2016
Location: Rotman School of Management, Toronto, Ontario 
Fee: Details regarding scholarships and fees structure are below under 'How to Apply'
The Advanced Health Leadership Program targets current and potential members of executive teams in the health system; it focuses on the development of the next generation of health leaders. It seeks to improve their understanding and skills in the areas of leadership, managing of change, emotional and political intelligence and Integrative ThinkingTM.
The program has been redesigned to reflect changes in health systems across Canada (e.g. new funding models, evolving structures, human resource challenges, financial sustainability and greater demand for integration and quality). This program is designed to equip health service providers with new strengths to play a leadership role in a changing health system.

This program meets the accreditation criteria of The College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been accredited by Continuing Education and Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, for up to 106.5 Mainpro-M1 credits.  It is also an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and has been approved for 106.5 credits. 

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