Embracing Digital Health: How COVID and OHTs are Opening Doors for Providers to Access Tools for Better Patient Care

The digital health landscape in Ontario has seen a massive shift over the last couple of years, in part due to the pandemic and the implementation of Ontario Health Teams. While challenging, this combo means new funding and new technologies are now available for health care providers and in turn, plenty of opportunities to leverage these digital tools for better patient care and physician workflows.

In this session, Samantha Fitzsimons, Sr. Manager of Business Development, and Dr. Doug Kavanagh, Medical Director, Co-Founder, and practicing family physician, will discuss the changes they’ve seen and how primary care doctors, specialists, and OHTs can make use of Ocean’s provincially-funded eReferral program, verified virtual visit solution, and online appointment booking platform.

Presented by Samantha Fitzsimons, Sr. Manager of Business Development and Dr. Doug Kavanagh, Medical Director and Co-Founder

Building on her experience as a Physiotherapist, Samantha’s career has included a diverse set of leadership roles within the public and private health care sectors. She brings over a decade of experience in business development, system level collaboration, program design and implementation, working to create a health care system that functions better for its users. She has successfully led several multidisciplinary teams through the relationship building, ideation, solutioning and implementation phases of care model redesign, with the goal of improving clinical and system-level outcomes. Her passion is helping people to thrive in their communities as they age and bringing together people from across the health care system and adjacent industries to create solutions with the greatest impact. Samantha currently serves as the Senior Manager of Business Development at CognisantMD.

Doug Kavanagh, co-founder of CognisantMD™, is a Toronto-based family physician who specializes in electronic medical records development and knowledge translation. He is the author and former chief architect of TELUS PS Suite, Canada’s leading electronic medical records system. Doug has also created many clinical decision support systems deployed across the country, including Ontario’s first ePrescribing network for the Georgian Bay Family Health Team.

Doug has over fifteen years’ experience working with physicians and allied health professionals to improve their healthcare IT in a variety of clinical settings. He graduated at the top of his software engineering class at the University of Waterloo in 2006, received his medical doctorate from the University of Toronto in 2011 and now works as a community family physician and clinical instructor within the North York Family Health Team.

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Oct 01 2020


11:05 am - 11:30 am


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