Apps For Health Conference Overview

Apps for Health Conference Overview

Please note that Apps for Health has been postponed to April 23, 2020. Full refunds will be issued.

This year's theme is Patient Driven Technology. Our breakout sessions are designed to be thought-provoking and interactive, giving you a chance to approach your work in Digital Health from a complete new perspective.

Detail-oriented? Keep scrolling for a full schedule of the day.

Professional Development Sponsor

Dr. Bob Bell

Opening Keynote - Dr. Bob Bell, Former Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Ontario

Robert Bell served as Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care from 2014 to 2018. Prior to this role, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of University Health Network for nine years. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer at Princess Margaret Hospital and Chair of both Cancer Care Ontario’s Clinical Council and the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario.

Dr. Bell received his Doctor of Medicine from McGill University, a Master of Science from the University of Toronto and achieved his Fellowship in Orthopaedic Surgery in 1983. He completed a sub-specialty training in Orthopaedic Cancer Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University in 1985, and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2005.

Dr. Bell is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the American College of Surgeons and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. As an internationally recognized orthopedic surgeon, health system executive, clinician-scientist, and educator, Dr. Bell has more than 40 years of health care experience.

When: 9:00-10:00
Where: McIntrye Performing Arts Centre

Keynote Speaker Lisa Patton

Site Visit - Institute for Applied Heath Sciences (Mohawk College)

We’ll be visiting Mohawk’s healthcare campus, the Institute for Applied Health Sciences in order to watch live healthcare simulations, giving you a chance to understand the patient experience as it unfolds in real time. After observing the simulations, a facilitated discussion will deepen your understanding of the patient experience. Before returning to Mohawk's Fennell Campus, you will also get a chance to tour the healthcare facilities, including the simulated hospital and home care apartments.  Transportation by bus provided. Limited spots available.

When: 10:00-12:00 or 1:30-3:30
Where: Bus transportation to the Institute of Applied Health Sciences

Site Visit - St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton/ Research Institute of St. Joe’s Hamilton

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH) and the Research Institute of St. Joe’s Hamilton are the regional leaders in the provision of psychiatric care and research, innovating programs to help radically reduce the disability and stigma associated with mental illness and addiction. Specifically, St. Joseph’s is a leader in the areas of early intervention, outreach services, rehabilitation, recovery and integration into the community.

As a healing place for the mind and body, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton’s  West 5th Campus integrates mental health and medical services along with teaching and research facilities, expanded outpatient services for psychiatry, diagnostic imaging and medical services.

Attendees will be provided with the opportunity to tour the West 5th campus, learn about the history of mental health care in Hamilton and gain insight into the patient experience.

Limited spots available.

When: 10:00-12:00
Where: Across the street from Apps for Health at the St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton West 5th Campus,

Keynote Speaker Mr. Chaughtai

Falling Through the Cracks - Greg’s Story

Tragically, Greg Price’s journey through the healthcare system ended in his unexpected death. After watching a short film on this journey, his family members will moderate a discussion about how Greg’s story can inspire positive change and improvement in the healthcare system. An unforgettable and moving experience.

When: 10:30-12:00
Where: McIntyre Performing Arts Centre

Keynote Speaker Mr. Chaughtai

Solution Room - User-focused design for better healthcare

This year's Apps for Health is designed to be hands-on!  Continue to tap into the empathy for the patient experience and learn the basics of human centered design for product development, in this interactive, fast-paced, three hour session. Limited spots available.

When: 12:30-3:30
Where: The Arnie, Mohawk College Student Centre

Keynote Speaker Mr. Chaughtai

Brain Dates

Do you think the best part of a conference is networking? Let us help you make the most of your time at Apps for Health. Sign up for Brain Dates and be connected with 4 other attendees for 15 minute “dates”. Prior to the event, we will reach out to you to know your interests and make the perfect match for you. Limited spots available.

When: 10:30-12:00 and  1:30-3:30
Where: Meet at Starbucks

Keynote Speaker Mr. Chaughtai

Digital Health Snapshots

Our speakers will present on what Patient-Driven technology means to them, their organization and walk you through use cases, best practices and lessons learned.

Presentations include:

  • Come Together, Right Now, Over Healthcare with Zack Fisch Rothbart, CoHealth
  • The Human Healthcare Revolution with Jacob Jackson, MedStack
  •  FHIR PoT: Lessons learned from FHIR proof of technology projects with Eric Labadie and Ted Jin, eHealth Ontario
  • The Future of Aging in Place and Community Response Models with Linda Kaleis, Memotext
  • Framework of Trust - Unlocking Digital Health with Balraj Dhillon, Simeio Solutions
  • Our learnings in integrating care between organizations with Albert Tai, Hypercare
  • The Balance App - A Technological Approach for Assessing Balance, Mobility and Cognitive Impairment with Dr. Donald Cowan, University of Waterloo

When: 1:30-3:30
Where: C-Wing


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Zack Fisch Rothbart, CoHealth

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Jacob Jackson, MedStack

headshot of  Linda Kaleis, Memotext

Linda Kaleis, Memotext

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Ted Jin, eHealth Ontario

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Balraj Dhillon, Simeio Solutions

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Albert Tai, Hypercare

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Dr. Donald Cowan, University of Waterloo

headshot of Eric Labadie, eHealth Ontario

Eric Labadie, eHealth Ontario

Closing Panel

Representing some of the best known names in the Digital Health community our panel will reflect on the the current trends in the Digital Health landscape and what they've learned at today's Apps for Health.

When: 4:00-5:00
Where: McIntyre Performing Arts Centre

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Mark Casselman, Digital Health Canada

Headshot of Karen Hay

Karen Hay, Ontario Ministry of Health & Ministry of Long-Term Care

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Aaron Berk, KMPG

Detailed Schedule

Registration 8:00-9:00 Register, enjoy your morning coffee and visit with some of our exhibitors.
Welcome & Opening Keynote 9:00-10:00 Keynote: Dr. Bob Bell, Former Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Ontario
Networking Break 10:00-10:30 (30 min) Exhibitors open and refreshments available
Concurrent Sessions  10:00-12:00 Site Visit: Institute for Applied Heath Sciences


Falling Through the Cracks - Greg’s Story


Site Visit: St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton


Brain Dates

Lunch 11:30-1:30 Grab and go with your boxed lunch (Various locations)
Concurrent Sessions 1:30-3:30 Solution Room (begins at 12:30)


Site Visit: Institute for Applied Heath Science


Digital Health Snapshots


Brain Dates

Lunch 11:30-1:30 Grab and go with your boxed lunch (Various locations)
Networking Break  3:30-4:00 (30 min) Exhibitors open and refreshments available
Closing Panel 4:00-5:00 Tweet us your questions in advance with the hashtag #A4H