June 2019

The Promise of Health Tech: Will We Rise to the Challenge?

11:30am-1:30pm | One King West Hotel - 1 King West, Toronto

Canada is an international leader in the field of health technology, producing system-disrupting advancements in digital health, virtual care and AI at an increasing pace. Yet, these cutting edge technologies are not translating to expansive health system transformation or enhanced patient experience. Join our expert panel as they examine the latest Canadian tech developments, the challenges facing our healthcare system and the changes needed in order to implement genuine lasting healthcare innovation for all Canadians.

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The Promise of Health Tech: Will We Rise to the Challenge?

Dr. Joseph Cafazzo

Associate Professor, University of Toronto
Lead of the Centre for Global e-Health, University Health Network

Dr. Joseph Cafazzo

Dr. Joseph Cafazzo is the inaugural holder of the Wolfond Chair in Digital Health and the Lead of the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation at the University Health Network, a state-of-the-art research facility hosting 70 staff and students devoted to the evaluation and design of healthcare technology.

Over his career, he has built a network of clinicians, designers, engineers, researchers, that challenge the norms of healthcare and to empower patients and their families. Together they push the boundaries of what’s possible, which has led to the creation of technologies that act to facilitate patient self-care of complex chronic conditions.

He’s received the Stanford 2.0 Award and the People’s Choice Award at the World Congress of Health Innovation for his work in digital health for children with diabetes. His body of work has also recognized by the Canadian Health Informatics Association, with their Excellence in Telehealth Award and the Dr. Mo Watanabe Lecture.

Dr. Cafazzo is an associate professor at the University of Toronto, in the areas of clinical engineering, human factors, and health informatics and is the recipient of the Career Scientist award by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

Dr. Marzyeh Ghassemi

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Faculty Member, Vector Institute

Dr. Marzyeh Ghassemi

Dr. Marzyeh Ghassemi is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in Computer Science and Medicine, and a Vector Institute faculty member holding a Canadian CIFAR AI Chair. She currently serves as a NeurIPS 2019 Workshop Co-Chair, and Board Member of the Machine Learning for Health Unconference. Previously, she was a Visiting Researcher with Alphabet's Verily and a post-doc with Dr. Peter Szolovits at MIT.

Professor Ghassemi has a well-established academic track record in personal research contributions across computer science and clinical venues, including KDD, AAAI, MLHC, JAMIA, JMIR, JMLR, AMIA-CRI, EMBC, Nature Translational Psychiatry, Critical Care, and IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. She is an active member of the scientific community, reviewing for NIPS, ICML, KDD, MLHC, AAAI, AMIA/AMIA-CRI, and JMLR. She has co-organized the 2016/2017/2018 NIPS Workshop on Machine Learning for Health (ML4H), been 2018 Area Chair for MLHC, and served as an Academic Guest Editor on the 2018 PLoS ONE call on Machine Learning in Health and Biomedicine.

Professor Ghassemi has been invited to speak at a number of academic and industrial institutions. Recently, she was a speaker at The Digital Doctor: Health Care in an Age of AI and Big Data IACS SYMPOSIUM, and a panellist at AMIA 2018 Informatics Summit Panel on Deep Learning for Healthcare - Hype or the Real Thing?, and will appear at Elevate AI 2018, Techna 2018, Syndemics 2018, The Fields Institute, SOCML 2018, and DALI 2019. Professor Ghassemi’s work has been featured online, in popular press such as MIT News, NVIDIA, Huffington Post. She was also recently named one of MIT Tech Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35.

Professor Ghassemi's PhD research at MIT focused on creating and applying machine learning algorithms towards improved prediction and stratification of relevant human risks with clinical collaborations at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital, encompassing unsupervised learning, supervised learning, and structured prediction. Her work has been applied to estimating the physiological state of patients during critical illnesses, modeling the need for a clinical intervention, and diagnosing phonotraumatic voice disorders from wearable sensor data. Prior to MIT, Marzyeh received an MSc. degree in biomedical engineering from Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar, and B.S. degrees in computer science and electrical engineering as a Goldwater Scholar at New Mexico State University.

Dr. Sacha Bhatia

Founding Director
The Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV) at Women’s College Hospital

Dr. Sacha Bhatia

Dr. R. Sacha Bhatia is the FM Hill Chair in Health Systems Solutions and the Founding Director of the Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV) at Women’s College Hospital. He is the Division Head of Cardiology at Women’s College Hospital and is also a staff cardiologist and UHN and WCH. He is the national evaluation lead of the Choosing Wisely Canada campaign, a scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. He has been published in international peer reviewed journals like the New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA Internal Medicine. He has been a commentator on Bloomberg News, CTV News and the CBC, and has been asked to give over 80 presentations internationally, nationally and regionally since 2013.

He is a recipient of the American College of Cardiology’s Young Investigator Award, the American Society of Echocardiography’s Arthur E. Weyman Young Investigator Award, and most recently the Goldie Award for Quality and Innovation at the University of Toronto. He sits on the boards of the Heart and Stroke Foundation and DREAM Global REIT, a publicly traded company listed on the TSX.

Previously he worked as a clinical and research fellow in cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University. Dr. Bhatia received his medical degree and MBA at McGill University and his internal medicine and cardiology training in Toronto.

Sachin Aggarawal


Sachin Aggarawal

As the Chief Executive Officer of Think Research, Sachin Aggarwal understands that health care systems around the world are on the brink of profound, necessary change. Scientific knowledge, clinical best practices and medical data are increasing at an exponential rate, contributing to a global knowledge crisis – with implications for clinicians, patients, governments and countries at large.

In the midst of this growing problem, Sachin sees data as the solution – and the key to system transformation. This principle drives the mission of Think Research: to organize the world’s health knowledge so that everyone gets the best care.

As part of this vision, Sachin led Think Research in 2010 through a strategic transition to become a cloud-based service provider. The move has positioned Think Research as a leader in the global health data economy, allowing the company to standardize care at scale, aggregate knowledge across health systems and improve the quality of care for patients.

When he’s not advocating for disruptive change in health care, Sachin is actively engaged in his community. A recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award in 2017, Sachin also sits on the Board of the Council of Canadian Innovators. He previously served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of the Leader of the Opposition prior to joining Think Research. He’s currently a Senior Fellow in Public Policy at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, and has served as an advisor to numerous start-up and scale-up companies in the innovation sector. He was called to the Bar in Ontario and New York, and holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.

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