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8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

OntarioMD’s first virtual conference will open up with two special keynote addresses featuring Dr. Jane Philpott, Special Advisor to the Ontario Government on the new Ontario Health Data Platform who will speak to the Ontario Health Data Platform and the value it will brings dealing with Covid-19 and beyond.  The second keynote will feature, Mr. Matt Anderson, the President and CEO of Ontario Health who will speak to the new work of Ontario Health during Covid-19 and beyond.  

Presented by: Dr. Jane Philpott and Matthew Anderson

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9:35 AM – 10:00 AM

Learning Objectives

1. Why secure messaging is a key modality for the provision of virtual care

2. What is the economic benefit of secure messaging?

3. Security considerations of sending personal health information via email

4. Why the correct payment model, integration of data, and equity of access will be key considerations for the successful adoption of secure messaging

At the end of this session participants will be able to assess the benefits from a privacy and economical viewpoint of secure messaging


Presented by: Dr. Duncan Rozario

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9:35 AM – 10:00 AM

Learning Objectives

1. Which apps to recommend to patients and how to use apps carefully

2. Which apps are useful in practice

3. Share apps that other doctors will find useful

At the end of this session participants will have a better understanding of medical apps that can be successful to use with patients.


Presented by: Dr. Chandi Chandrasena

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9:35 AM – 10:00 AM

Learning Objectives

1. How to improve your practice management using your EMR and virtual care tools.

2. How to use the features that may be available to you with virtual care tools and your EMR

3. Explore some of the add on products on the market today

At the end of this session participants will learn how to better manage their practice through their EMR and virtually.


Presented by: Mr. Stephen Beckwith

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10:05 AM – 10:30 AM

Learning Objectives

1. Demonstration and Discussion of virtual care tools

2. How to engage patients and adapt workflows

3. Best use these tools, both during the pandemic and beyond

At the end of this session participants will understand and optimize the use of virtual care as it best suits their practice.


Presented by: Dr. Kevin Samson

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10:05 AM – 10:30 AM

Learning Objectives

1. Virtual care 1 on 1 is simple. Why is it so challenging to create clinic flow in the virtual environment?

2. Tips for adopting virtual care in a 1 on 1 physician:patient environment

3. Tips for adopting virtual care in more complex clinic settings (interdisciplinary clinics, clinics with trainees)

At the end of this session participants will learn how to incorporate virtual care into their clinical workflow.


Presented by: Dr. Sharon Domb

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10:05 AM – 10:30 AM

Learning Objectives

1. Understand key concepts and definitions around Privacy and Security

2. How to handle privacy breaches

3. Your obligations under the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA)

At the end of the session participants will be able to review and evaluate key concepts and definitions.


Presented by: Ariane Siegel

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10:35 AM – 11:00 AM

Learning Objectives

1. Learn about the OntarioMD Insights4Care Program, providing clinicians with the tools and services for actionable population health management

2. Hear about clinicians’ experience utilizing the i4C Dashboard to gain greater population insights and to make practice improvements

3. Learn the important role of hands-on clinician support by OntarioMD’s advisors in realizing the i4C Dashboard’s full value to patient care

At the end of the session participants will be able to assess the value of the OntarioMD Insights4Care Program.


Presented by: Dr. Loredana Di Santo

Dr Noah Ivers and Dr Ilana Halperin

10:35 AM – 11:00 AM

Learning Objectives

1. Identify which diabetes care processes must be in person and which can be virtual

2. Understand the role of mobile apps and wearable technology to support self-management

3. Consider ways your EMR can facilitate high quality virtual care

4. Explore how virtual care many enable specialists and primary care to actively collaborate 

At the end of this session participants will be able to assess how to better treat and manage diabetic patients through virtual care vs in person.


Presented by: Dr. Noah Ivers and Dr. Ilana Halperin


10:35 AM – 11:00 AM

Learning Objectives

1. Review of burnout – definition, scope, causes

2. Technology as a factor leading to burnout

3. Impact of virtual care on burnout

4. Managing virtual care to stay healthy


Presented by: Mamta Gautam, MD, MBA, FRCPC, CPDC, CCPE, CPE

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12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Meet with different EMR, digital health and virtual care vendors who have innovative solutions that can benefit your practice


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1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Get advice and tips from OntarioMD Peer Leaders in these training workshops. At the end of the session participants will recognize how to optimize the EMR through identifying better workflows, examining, and reviewing toolbars and how to benefit more from other EMR pluses such as Prescribing, Billing, Integrated Care and more.


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3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Are you currently practicing in a Primary Care Model and would like to learn more about virtual care billing? The OMA seminar will discuss Virtual Care Billing for family physicians, focusing on the FHO model. The session will cover primary care codes and give you a better understanding of topics such as premiums, Q codes and bonuses available.

Attendees will be able to assess different virtual care billing codes and how to use them when billing.


Presented by: Dr. Rick Tytus


11:05 AM – 11:30 AM

2020 may turn out to be a watershed year for Virtual Care in Canada, as physicians across the country pivoted to the use of Virtual Care services, out of necessity. Physician organizations, Provincial/Territorial and Federal governments pulled together to help flatten the curve and keep Canadians safe during the COVID19 pandemic. Despite some successes, the journey towards providing truly virtual care has proven challenging for many physicians and other health care providers. While the outlook for sustainable virtual care is promising, the trajectory is not entirely certain.

In this presentation, attendees will learn about, and engage in a discussion on:

1. Virtual care adoption data and trending across Canada during COVID19

2. Infoway’s role in supporting provincial and territorial virtual care initiatives during the pandemic

3. Key enablers of the clinical pivot to virtual care, including EMR-integrated digital tools such as electronic prescribing

4. Challenges encountered by physicians in implementing virtual care

5. Ideas for the sustainability and enhancement of virtual care exiting the COVID19 pandemic, and in preparation for similar future events


Presented by: Dr. Rashaad Bhyat

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11:05 AM – 11:30 AM

The shift to virtual care has brought with it new opportunities – and challenges – for patients and providers alike. Without in-person visits, something as simple as filling in a form or completing a screening tool can become a significant challenge. In this hands-on demo-style session, you’ll hear how clinics are supplementing virtual visit tools with EMR-integrated patient engagement tools to successfully make the transition to an increasingly virtual care-based world. From automated symptom screening, virtual check-ins, and secure attachment sharing to booking virtual appointments online, this session will share multiple was that technology is helping providers to safely and securely connect with patients both in and out of the clinic.


Presented by: Dr. Doug Kavanagh

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11:05 AM – 11:30 AM

Ready or not, the COVID-19 pandemic forced physicians in Canada and around the world to suddenly begin seeking virtual care solutions as a crucial means of healthcare delivery. The urgency of the situation pressured many to quickly purchase software without enough time to thoroughly evaluate the effectiveness and now, seven months into the pandemic, too many physicians have been led to believe that telemedicine is the end all and be all of virtual medicine and that they shouldn’t expect more–when they should.

Virtual care, when designed and implemented properly, should be part and parcel of a collaborative, integrated solution that enables physicians to manage, assess, communicate, and engage their patients through a single point of access while also connecting with all members of the patient’s care team–with minimal clicks. Video and instant messaging are important elements of a toolbox that should include asynchronous communication–where real efficiency is generated–and which should empower physicians with the ability to easily assign patients tasks, share files from their health records, request additional information, issue prescriptions, provide counseling all from anywhere, anytime.

During this session, two practicing physicians–co-founders of InputHealth’s award-winning Collaborative Health Record (CHR)–will discuss lessons learned during the first months of the pandemic (when the CHR was widely adopted to assist Ontario’s efforts to counter the pandemic) and suggested steps that should be taken nationwide to make high-quality, integrated, collaborative care widely deliverable and accessible across Canada.


Presented by: Dr. Puneet Seth, President/CMO, and Marc Faktor, VP of Sales, InputHealth

11:35 AM – 12:00 PM

In 2015, chronic diseases caused about three-quarters of deaths in Ontario. The majority of these deaths were due to four major chronic diseases: cancers, cardiovascular diseases, chronic lower respiratory diseases and diabetes, which are the focus of this report. These chronic diseases not only reduce the quality and length of people’s lives, they are also expensive to treat. Their direct healthcare costs are estimated to be $10.5 billion a year in Ontario (2010 estimate in 2018 dollars).

The COVID-19 health care pandemic has created new risks for those with chronic disease. According to health authorities people with chronic diseases are at higher risk of death if they become ill from COVID-19. This includes: people with medical conditions such as heart disease; hypertension (high blood pressure); lung disease; diabetes; and cancer, people with weakened immune systems from a medical condition or treatment, such as chemotherapy and older adults, seniors and Elders. This places even greater pressure on a healthcare system that is already overloaded and stretched to capacity.

Virtual care technology including remote patient monitoring can improve care coordination, increase patient access to convenient care 24/7. It also greatly improves the patient experience and adherence to care plans, resulting in better disease management, improved outcomes and reduced costs.


Presented by: Dr. Sonny Kohli

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11:35 AM – 12:00 PM

Join us to learn how TELUS Health can support you in bringing virtual care to your practice – and help you meet the challenge of a potential second wave of COVID-19.

Alison Foster, Senior Healthcare Business Consultant, will demonstrate how TELUS PS Suite EMR can help you maintain safe, patient-centred care by integrating communication tools directly into your EMR. 

You’ll discover how TELUS PS Suite EMR and its add-ons enable you to:  

• Initiate and conduct a virtual visit from TELUS PS Suite EMR  

• Manage patient communications, share documents, and have patients complete self-assessments and forms online 

• Send electronic prescriptions directly to the patient’s pharmacy and manage incoming renewal requests right in your EMR


Presented by: Alison Foster

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11:35 AM – 12:00 PM

Join us and discover why Accuro is Canada’s #1 single-platform EMR. Its configurable clinic management modules are built for the demands of Ontario physicians, and its new integrated virtual care component – Accuro Engage – lets you connect with patients easily and securely, right from the EMR. It’s care delivery on your terms, for the kind of care we need today.


Presented by:  Parth Bhatt, QHR Technologies with an introduction from Mike Checkley, President, QHR Technologies

* This event is 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 approved by the SOGC. You may claim a maximum of 5 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

This Group Learning program has been reviewed by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and is approved for 5 hours of group credits by the College’s Ontario Chapter.