A conference by clinicians, for clinicians

Sep 12, 2019 | News

It’s no secret that technology is evolving at a faster pace than ever before. But do you know how it is creating opportunities for innovation within our health care system?

Digital technologies – telemedicine, apps, sensors, wearable medical devices, virtual reality and augmented reality—are enabling new models of care and creating new expectations regarding time and place of health care provision.

In the health care context, adoption of technology to improve the patient care experience and enhance patient safety and transitions in care, particularly as patients move between multiple care providers, programs, and services is just one form of innovation.

Join the conversation on innovation

On November 2, 2019, clinicians as well as health care students, policy-makers, and administrators will gather at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) for TEC Vancouver: a one-day conference by clinicians for clinicians. A joint-collaboration by the UBC Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), the Department of Emergency Medicine at VGH, and the VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation, the event aims to bring health professionals, health organizational and industry leaders together to discuss the application of digital technologies to solve real life challenges in primary and emergency patient care in BC and beyond.

“This is a great opportunity for health care professionals around the organization to hear about how technology is being applied in our everyday work,” says VCH emergency physician Dr. Kendall Ho. “To be able to network with like-minded colleagues to generate ideas and generate dialogue is a great way for us to find new solutions and approaches to delivering health care in both primary and acute care settings.”

World-class speakers and panels

The conference includes an impressive lineup of speakers that in their diverse roles, are enabling innovation in healthcare. Speakers include:

• “Health care in the Cloud” a keynote address from Dr. Shez Partovi, Worldwide Lead, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Genomics, Amazon Web Services, the conference
• Darcia Pope, Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer, VCH
• Megan Stowe, Executive Director for Virtual Health and Clinical Education, VCH
• CST’s Dr. Damian Claydon-Platt, Chief Clinical Information Officer, IMITS VPP, VCH, PHSA, & PHC and Executive Lead, Clinical Systems + Transformation Project, CST
• Dr. Douglas Kingsford, Chief Medical Information Officer, Digital health Initiative, BC Ministry of Health
• And many more!

“It’s not very often that we get to have so many health care experts, in various fields of the system, come together to talk about technology, innovations, and how we can use these as tools to improve the health care system and experience for our patients,” says Darcia Pope, VCH’s Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer. “Whether you’re a nurse, a student, a physician, or administrator—there’s something for everyone to learn at TEC Vancouver that will hopefully inspire people to take on innovations and improvements of their own.”

Early-bird deadline fast approaching

Don’t miss your opportunity to get tickets to this one-day conference at the early bird rate of $175. Nurses, residents, medical students, and allied health professionals are eligible for a special reduced early bird rate of just $75 -- registration is available on the TEC Vancouver website.

“This is a conference organized by clinicians for clinicians that brings together key local, provincial, and international stakeholders across the innovation continuum: industry representatives, health care administrators and policy makers and clinicians,” says VCH’s Dr. Chad Kim Sing, associate Vice President of Medicine, Quality and Safety. “The latter typically being the missing piece and we know that frontline clinicians are requisite to creating and implementing meaningful impactful change and innovation that improves patient care.”

In addition to enjoying a comprehensive day of programming including lectures, question and answer periods, and panel discussions, your registration to TEC Vancouver includes several perks:

  • Networking opportunities with both up-and-coming and established leaders in the field of health technology from various health authorities
  • Complimentary catered lunch and refreshments throughout the day
  • A certificate of attendance (upon request)

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