ITAC Health Workshop – Evidence-based Interoperability: Achieving Results at Scale

Wednesday, October 22 - 2014
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location:  Sheraton Centre Hotel, 123 Queen Street West
Agenda:    See below

COST:  $250 members; $300 non-members

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 “In healthcare, interoperability is the ability of different information technology systems and software applications to communicate, exchange data, and use the information that has been exchanged.” (HIMSS)

For years the Health ICT industry in Canada has struggled with the challenge of interoperability.  Application developers are faced with a dizzying array of standards, jurisdictional requirements and legacy environments.  What have we learned and how do we achieve interoperability at scale?

This one-day workshop is hosted by the ITAC Health’s Interoperability and Standards Committee and will look at the interoperability challenge from the system developer and vendor perspective.  Join newly-appointed Canada Health Infoway CEO Michael Green, UberHealthCIO Roger Girard, Infoway Senior VP Trevor Hodge, and our panels of experts as they chart out where we have been, where we are, and where we’re going on the interoperability journey.  Participate in the interactive workshop session to express your ideas and help plot a go-forward path for ITAC Health.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event, please contact Elaine Huesing for more information.


ITAC Health Workshop
Evidence-based Interoperability:  Achieving Results at Scale

8:00 am Registration, continental breakfast and networking
8:30 am Welcome, Introductions and Logistics Brendan Seaton
ITAC Health
8:45 am Setting the Stage –“The Challenge of Interoperability and eHealth” Ken Stevens
VP, Healthcare
Intelliware Development
9:00 am Keynote Address “Early Reflections from Infoway’s CEO” Michael Green
President and CEO
Canada Health Infoway
10:00 am Networking Break
10:15 am Expectations of a Health CIO – Lessons for Industry about Interoperability Roger Girard
Healthoptions Inc.
11:15 am Panel of Experts: “An Update on the Interoperability Journey in the US and Europe” Moderated by
Derek Ritz
Principal, ecGroup Inc.
Michael Nusbaum
M.H. Nusbaum & Associates
Genady Knizhnik
VP Sales, North America
Forcare Canada Inc.
12:00 pm Networking Lunch
12:45 pm Accelerating Clinical Interoperability Trevor Hodge
Senior VP
Canada Health Infoway
1:45 pm Panel of Experts: Where’s the FHIR?  A case study in the use of interoperability standards Moderated by:
Dave Pattenden National Healthcare Lead


Justin Fyfe
Mohawk College
James Agnew
Manager, Systems Engineering and Medical Informatics Integration Lead, Connecting GTA UHN / The SIMS Partnership
2:30 pm Networking Break  
2:45pm Workshop session – Is it time for Industry to take a leadership role in Interoperability? All – Facilitated by Brendan Seaton
3:45 pm to 4:00 pm Summary and Closing “What did we hear today?    Where should ITAC go next?” Ken Stevens and Dave Pattenden

Should you have any questions, please contact Elaine Huesing at or 905.602.8345 x2241. 

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