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Apr 28

Virtual Beats Viral: Lessons Learned on Digital Health and COVID-19

Webinar with Dr. Edward Brown, Michael Green and Dr. Philip Lam

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The COVID-19 pandemic is putting extraordinary pressure on Canada’s healthcare system. Join the C.D. Howe Institute on April 28th as our expert panel share the ways in which virtual care is building capacity and delivering care to patients safely and effectively. Please note this webinar will be on-the-record.

C.D. Howe Institute events and webinars are open to members and their guests.

Please follow this link or contact events@cdhowe.org to register.

Dr. Edward Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Health (OTN)

Dr. Brown is a founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN), one of the largest and most active integrated telemedicine networks in the world.

Dr. Brown has won numerous awards for his work in virtual care including, most recently, a Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal for his contributions to health care in Canada. In 2010, he was chosen as one of 25 Transformational Canadians by a national media panel sponsored by the Globe and Mail, CTV and La Presse. He is a Past President of the American Telemedicine Association, which named him to its College of Fellows in 2015.

An emergency physician who studied mathematics and engineering before embarking on his medical career, Dr. Brown is a passionate advocate for virtual care as a means of improving access to care and as an enabler of health system transformation.


Michael Green, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canada Health Infoway

Michael Green is a strong leader and a creative, strategic thinker who has an international reputation and a proven track record of transforming health care through the use of digital health. He has leveraged international research and innovation to advance the digital health agenda, create jobs and stimulate economic growth in Canada. Michael has been President and CEO of Canada Health Infoway since August 2014.

Michael envisions a future where all Canadians can access their health information and interact with their providers from the device of their choice. As President and CEO of Canada Health Infoway, he is leading a national strategy called Driving Access to Care to realize this vision. ACCESS Health and PrescribeIT® are aimed at providing citizens with tools to manage their health, eliminating paper and faxes, and modernizing the way doctors prescribe medicines, book appointments and communicate with patients and colleagues.  

Michael has long been a visionary for the way digital health solutions can make public health systems more sustainable and improve the patient experience. He has played senior executive roles with health technology companies spanning major global markets.

He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his contribution to the Canadian Health IT industry.

Michael currently serves on the Board of Directors of Kids Help Phone and HIMSS North America. He is a past Chair of the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) Board of Directors and a past director of the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA — USA). Michael received the ICD.D designation following study at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management in 2017.



Dr. Philip Lam, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto; Virtual Care Lead, Department of Medicine, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Philip Lam is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto, and an Infectious Diseases physician at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy at the University of Toronto, followed by a degree in Medicine at Queen's University. He returned to Toronto to complete residency training in Internal Medicine and fellowship training in Infectious Diseases. He recently successfully defended a thesis for his Master's degree in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Lam is the Virtual Care Lead for the Department of Medicine at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. His role has focused on identifying the barriers to virtual care, and developing strategies to improve uptake. In anticipation of the growing number of COVID-19 cases, Dr. Lam has been instrumental in developing an infectious diseases physician-led virtual care model for the management of outpatients diagnosed with COVID-19. In collaboration with virtual care champions from other medical specialties, Dr. Lam continues to assist healthcare teams at Sunnybrook transition to virtual care.


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