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BCATPR Workshop: June 15, 2015

Mapping the future of healthcare through innovation

This year's BCATPR Workshop will host exciting discussions around the formation of integrated digital health networks and the components needed for optimal care management.

The poster session will also be a great opportunity to explore the latest telehealth initiatives in areas of senior care, mental health, art therapy, sensor systems, cardiovascular disease, medication management and more.

Registration is $35 regular / $25 students, lunch included.



The future of mHealth for chronic disease management

Dr. Emily Seto

Research Scientist, Centre for Global eHealth Innovation & TECHNA Institute (Institute for the Advancement of Technology for Health), University Health Network, Toronto, ON
Internet of Everything for better health care
Shanti Gidwani

Shanti Gidwani

National Senior Director, Healthcare, Cisco Canada



Towards a value proposition: The promise of big data in telehealth

Dr. Alan Rabinowitz

Co-Founder, Chief Medical Officer and Advisory Board Director, PHEMI Health Systems, Inc.

The missing piece of the patient empowerment puzzle
Lynda Brown-Ganzert

Lynda Brown-Ganzert

Founder and CEO, Curatio



The Virtual Heart Function Clinic: Lessons learned from 10 years of use

Annemarie Kaan

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Heart Centre, St. Paul’s Hospital;
Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia

Dr. Scott Lear

Team Leader, BCATPR;
Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences and the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology, Simon Fraser University;
Pfizer/Heart and Stroke Foundation Chair in Cardiovascular Prevention Research, St. Paul's Hospital;
Director, Community Health Solutions



New BCATPR studies support patients with cardiovascular disease and stroke via phone

Two new telehealth studies are underway at the BCATPR:

Stroke Coach

In partnership with the University of British Columbia and the GF Strong Rehabiltation Centre, this study will look at two telephone-based programs for people who have had a stroke. One will provide lifestyle coaching to improve health-related behaviours, while the other will provide memory coaching over the telephone. Their effectiveness in supporting patient self-management will be examined.


This program uses text messaging prompts to help patients with cardiovascular disease transition from hospital back into the community. The program is based around health-management behaviours such as follow-up care, medication use and healthy lifestyles.



Island Health first to offer free Wi-Fi to patients

Island Health will be the first health authority in BC to offer free Wi-Fi access within hospitals, separate from its password-protected networks for hospital staff. This is a significant milestone as Island Health recognizes the importance for patients and caretakers to stay connected with each other and to life outside of the hospital. It will be interesting to see what influence this has on technology use, care quality and patient satisfaction within hospitals over time.



Apple and IBM partner on home care program for seniors

Apple and IBM are partnering with Japan Post on a pilot project to deliver care at home to seniors in Japan. This will add a tech component to Japan Post’s existing program that has post office employees checking in on elderly clients at their home. The partnership is one of a number of collaborative projects between Apple and IBM announced in the past few months, including the recent launch of Watson Health Cloud.

The pilot will provide free iPads to seniors, with software that will be developed specifically for the home care program by IBM. This technology will allow Japan Post to maintain more regular contact with clients.The company's goal is to reach four million to five million customers in Japan by 2020.



Upcoming events


eHealth and Innovative Technology Showcase (eHITS) 2015
May 9, 2015
Vancouver, BC

e-Health Conference: Making Connections
May 31 - June 3, 2015  
Toronto, ON


BCATPR Workshop 2015
June 15, 2015  
Vancouver, BC