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Digital Health Enabling Integrated Care Webinar Series


The Special Interest Group (SIG) on Digital Health Enabling Integrated Care aims to develop a clear understanding of the role digital solutions play in the delivery of integrated care, while creating a platform for an engaged group to share knowledge around available technologies and development, implementation, and evaluation methods as a means to further the field and enable the spread of effective digital health solutions across organizational and geographic boundaries.

Although there are an expanding number of digital solutions now available, it is not always clear how these technologies enable integrated care activities. Furthermore, new solutions pose new challenges in developing and evaluating these technologies. The Digital Health Enabling Integrated Care SIG will seek to address these challenges by hosting a series of four webinars, running every two months, starting in September 2019 and culminating at the 20th International Conference on Integrated Care in April 2020. The webinar series will take a solution-based approach, presenting key challenges faced when developing, implementing and/or evaluating digital health technologies to support integrated care, and presenting solutions from real-world examples pulled from our membership and networks.

These series has been designed to meet the aims of the SIG, co-designed with members. Please share this webinar information with your networks, and don’t hesitate to reach out to us should you have questions, ideas, wish to participate in our webinars, newsletter or other SIG activities.

Previous Webinars

Series Launch – Defining Digital Health Enabling Integrated Care Thursday, 19 September
9:00am-10:00am EST

Thursday, 19 September 

In this inaugural webinar of the Digital Health Enabling Integrated Care SIG, we will dive head first into how we define the concept and what needs to be explored and shared to advance the field. In this webinar SIG leads Carolyn Steele Gray and Leo Lewis will present a definition of digital health enabling integrated care that can help to improve meaningful adoption of technology to advance integrated models of care.

Guest speakers for this session will be Shiran Isaacksz from University Health Network and Fraser Edward St. Joseph Health care in Toronto to discuss how they are making this vision of digital health enabling integrated care a reality in their hospital networks. Shiran and Fraser will share their successes and challenges in creating a digitally enabled patient flow that includes health and social care services for vulnerable patients in their communities.


Edward Fraser

VP Partnerships and Business Development
St. Joseph’s Health System
Board of Directors
Guelph General Hospital

Edward is a seasoned healthcare technology executive who works with public and private sector healthcare stakeholders, guiding them in adopting new and innovative care delivery models. With 20+ years of experience in the Mobility & Digital Health, he is passionate about the important impact that Mobile, Social, Artificial Intelligence and Information Communication Technologies can have on transforming healthcare for all Canadians.

Edward currently serves as SVP, Partnerships and Business Development for the St. Joseph’s Health System. Previously he has held Marketing and Business Development leadership roles at Research In Motion (BlackBerry), TELUS Health, Hewlett Packard and various start-up / growth stage Healthcare technology providers.

Shiran Isaackz

Senior Director of UHN Connected Care
University Health Network
President Board Chair
Digital Health Canada

Shiran is the Senior Director of the Regional and Provincial Portfolio at University Health Network – one of the largest public sector health information management technology service delivery organizations in Canada.  With more than 19 years of healthcare experience, Shiran’s expertise lies in leading complex and large-scale transformational projects and overseeing established regional programs. Through these experiences Shiran possesses a comprehensive view of the complex health care system with a focus on improving patient care and patient outcomes throughout the continuum of care.

Shiran finds great satisfaction in tackling challenging and previously unsolvable industry issues. His collaborative approach also extends to development of unique industry partnerships, beyond the typical client-vendor role. In doing so, he assembles strong, inter-disciplinary teams with a broad range of skills, and applies a holistic approach to problem solving that results in new products and programs to support care delivery and patient experience.

Shiran chose a career in healthcare as he felt an innate drive for working in a sector that aligns with his values and enables him to give back to the community at large. “All of the great work we do at UHN is patient-centric. With every decision made, we ask how we are improving the patient experience, and improving care outcomes”.

Shiran believes that the patient voice must guide all healthcare activities, whether it be at the policy level in his role as President and Board Member with Digital Health Canada (Canada’s Health Informatics Association) or when planning and implementing programs at the regional and provincial level in Ontario. Shiran also enjoys supporting the digital health community through his role as an Adjunct Lecturer at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

Facilitated by:

Carolyn Steele Gray

Carolyn Steele Gray is the Facilitator for the Digital Health Enabling Integrated Care Special Interest Group and a Scientist at the Bridgepoint Collaboratory in Research and Innovation at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum research Institute, Canada

Leo Lewis 

Leo is the co-founded the Digital Health Enabling Integrated Care Special Interest Group and is a Senior fellow at IFIC. She leads the organisation’s research and development team and is the lead on a number of EU funded projects. Recently she has been seconded to the Bevan Commission, Swansea University to lead, support and strengthen Wales’ international collaborations.