WCH CONNECTJune 24, 2019

WIHV (WCH Institute for Health Systems Solutions and Virtual Care): A leader in innovation

  • June 24, 2019
  • BY Jordan Benadiba

Earlier this month, WIHV (WCH Institute for Health Systems Solutions and Virtual Care) had a strong presence at multiple Canadian health system conferences and other events. Members of the WIHV team presented and took part in panel discussions highlighting their findings and perspectives on the implementation of health system innovations.

At the 2019 e-Health Conference in Toronto, WIHV director Dr. Sacha Bhatia took part in a morning panel discussion on data analytics in sports and its application to healthcare. With the Eastern Conference Champions Toronto Raptors top of mind for all the attendees, the panel generated buzz throughout the day. That afternoon, Dr. Trevor Jamieson discussed the use of AI in today’s health system. While later on in the week, Laura Desveaux took part in a discussion about how digital technology can improve the patient-provider relationship and how we can engage both groups moving forward.

Other members featured their recent projects assessing the use of technology in healthcare. For example, Megan Nguyen presented on the application of virtual care models in palliative care, while Leah Kelly spoke on the use of wound monitoring technologies and Dr. Payal Agarwal shared the findings from her “Practical Apps” mhealth study. In total, members of WIHV took part in 13 different panel discussions and presentations during e-Health. Across town at the Annual NICE Knowledge Exchange, Dr, Mina Tadrous led an engaging discussion on the issue of polypharmacy for older adults.

An impressive cohort of emerging WIHV leaders also presented at the national Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) conference in Halifax. At the conference, Dara Gordon spoke about WIHV and the University of Toronto’s joint work with the Commonwealth Fund to assess innovative care models for patients with complex needs from around the world. Natasha Kithulegoda presented on the “Screen While You Wait” project, a technology-based intervention to facilitate exercise prescriptions in primary care. Jaime Fujioka shared her work on the implementation of tele-palliative approaches. And Rebecca Yang closed out the week with a presentation on the use of videoconferencing to deliver psychotherapy for women postpartum.

By disseminating their findings and engaging in thought leadership discussions on the future direction of Canadian healthcare, WIHV is helping to shape health policy, drive innovative approaches to health technology assessment and innovation, and cement Women’s College Hospital as a national research leader in this exciting and critical area.

Dr. Sacha Bhatia (centre) participating in the morning panel discussion

Dr. Sacha Bhatia (centre) participating in the morning panel discussion

Dr. Payal Agarwal sharing findings from her “Practical Apps” mhealth study

Dr. Payal Agarwal sharing findings from her “Practical Apps” mhealth study

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