December 7, 2016
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Workshop A
    Healthcare Analytics 101: Master Essential Analytics Tools to Improve Healthcare Outcomes
    Dr. Ayse Bener
    Affiliated Scientist, St. Michael's Hospital
    Full Professor, Ryerson University

    Designed for healthcare professionals with little or no experience in analytics, learn what healthcare analytics is and how it can be used to drive improvements. Take away a plan to:

    1. Enhance decision-making with data
    2. Apply a variety of targeted tools to improve ROI
    3. Recognize the role and value of different analytical tools
    4. Visualize and communicate data with stakeholders
    5. Improve patient outcomes

    Master the basics to get started in healthcare analytics.

  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Workshop B
    Developing a Healthcare Analytics Strategy to Improve Project Success
    Trevor Strome
    Director, Analytics & Business Intelligence, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

    To be successful, your analytics programs need to be supported with strategy. Develop your strategic plan to leverage analytics and meet performance targets. Create a blueprint to:

    1. Identify strategic goals
    2. Align quality goals of management, departments and programs
    3. Provide business intelligence for quality improvement teams
    4. Use metrics and indicators for evaluation without diluting data
    5. Develop organizational support for analytics programs

    Implement a cohesive analytics strategy to achieve healthcare quality improvement initiatives.

December 7, 2016
December 8, 2016
  • 7:30 AM
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:20 AM
    Opening Comments from the Chair
    Trevor Strome
    Director, Analytics & Business Intelligence, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
  • 8:30 AM
    Keynote: Accountability in Healthcare
    Measuring What Really Counts to Drive Change in Healthcare
    Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti, MD, PhD, MPH, FRCPC, FACPM, CCFP, FACP (Hon), ICD-D
    Physician and Storyteller

    Canada spends $225 billion on healthcare annually, but it’s not clear that this is money well spent. This demands a frank conversation on how to measure performance and who to hold accountable. Gain insights on:

    • Benchmarking our system internationally
    • Measuring metrics that really matter
    • Holding people accountable for performance

    Assess the state of the Canadian healthcare industry to improve your performance and accountability.

  • 9:00 AM
    Evaluating the Challenges and Opportunities to Improve Healthcare with Analytics
    Shirley Fenton
    Vice President and Director, National Institutes of Health Informatics Canada
    Dr. Peter Vaughan, CD, MA, MD, MPH
    Deputy Minister, Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness
    Dr. Raj Sherman, BMedSci, M.D., CCFP (EM), FCFP,
    Emergency Physician, Royal Alexandra Hospital and North East Community Health Centre

    Analytics offer a multitude of opportunities for improvement in the Canadian healthcare system, but a national dialogue is needed to take advantage of them. Hear insights from a variety of stakeholders, and learn how your organization can benefit from analytics. Source a plan to:

    • Overcome common challenges
    • Implement best practices
    • Work with other healthcare stakeholders

    Overcome industry challenges and seize opportunities to improve your healthcare outcomes.

  • 9:45 AM
    Industry Expert
    Employing Cognitive Computing and AI to Enhance Decision-making
    Dr. Kimberly Chulis
    Technology Solutions Professor – Data Insights, Microsoft

    This session showcases a series of high-impact use cases critical to today’s providers and healthcare professionals. The talk introduces a state-of-the-art advanced analytics and Azure Machine Learning platform that provides accessible predictions related to patient outcomes around a series of clinical applications.

    Gain insights on:

    • Predicting patient outcomes for arthritic surgery with hip and knee replacements
    • Predicting outcomes of infants with congenital uropathies
    • Identifying patients with a high probability of readmission prior to release from hospitals.
    • Leverage machine learning to drive actionable and favorable outcomes.

  • 10:15 AM
    Morning Break
  • 10:45 AM
    Case Study: Community Business Intelligence
    Implementing Business Intelligence Solutions to Enhance Data Quality and Reporting
    Stephanie Carter
    Director of Projects, Reconnect Community Health Services

    Community Business Intelligence is an initiative that provides community health service providers with a tool for reporting at the individual, HSP, sector, and LHIN levels. Understand your clients’ use of services and capacity across and between sectors better. Develop a plan to:

    • Improve decision-support capabilities
    • Enhance system planning and performance management
    • Provide benchmark reporting

    Improve data quality and reporting in your organization with business intelligence.

  • 11:15 AM
    Case Study: Payment and Performance
    Analyzing Physician Payment Reforms and Performance
    Dr. Boris Kralj, PhD
    Executive Director, Economics, Research & Analytics and Chief Analytics Officer,, Ontario Medical Association

    Payment reforms have been put forward as a means of decreasing costs while increasing the quality of healthcare delivery. Apply analytical methods to see how payment reforms can impact your organization. Gain insights on how to:

    • Assess pay for performance
    • Explore the efficacy of capitation/bundled payment
    • Consider the Accountable Care Organization/global payment model

    Assess the effectiveness of payment reforms and their impact on your organization.

  • 11:45 AM
    Speed Networking
    Develop Relationships with Analytics Leaders

    Engage with leaders in the field of analytics to expand your network and gain fresh perspectives. Quick rotations will help you break the ice as you get to know your fellow delegates. Bring your business cards, make new connections and build your knowledge!

  • 12:00 PM
    Networking Lunch
  • Strategy and Operations
    • 1:15 PM
      Case Study: Open-source Analytics
      Build Sustainable, Innovative Analytics and Reporting Capabilities with Open-source Tools
      Jamie Bono
      Chief Reporting Officer, Millennium Collaborative Care PPS

      Healthcare organizations often think expensive, proprietary tools are essential to cutting-edge health analytics at any scale. Free, open source tools can enable even small organizations to achieve actionable insights quickly and inexpensively. Gain expert insights on how to:

      • Explore free, state of the art alternatives to proprietary software
      • Assess the trade-offs between open and proprietary systems
      • Amplify agile, resilient analytics strategies with open systems

      Learn the advantages of a free, open source approach to health analytics in your organization.

    • 2:00 PM
      Case Study: Big Data
      Transform Big Data into Meaningful Information to Improve Healthcare Delivery
      Dr. Peter L. Elkin MD, MACP, FACMI, FNYAM
      Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Buffalo at SUNY

      Healthcare organizations have long produced and collected vast amounts of data, but only now are they developing the capabilities to analyze and understand it. Take advantage of big data to cut waste, enhance decisions and improve patient care in your organization. Create a blueprint to:

      • Train staff to analyze big data
      • Store and access data
      • Transform big data into actionable information

      Leverage big data in your organization for better healthcare delivery.

    Clinical Outcomes
    • 1:15 PM
      Case Study: Cancer Care Ontario
      Towards Actionable Insights – CCO’s journey to become insights – driven to improve the quality of the healthcare system
      Angela Copeland, M.Ed., CPHIMS-CA
      Director, Data & Analytics Strategic Initiatives & Governance, Cancer Care Ontario

      To date, CCO has applied disparate approaches to the implementation and management of its data and analytics assets, practices, and technology that enable information generation and utilization. Explore how CCO has set a strategic path to mitigate identified risks, exploit the value of the data, generate insights that enable informed decision-making and enable CCO’s evolution as an evidence-based thought leader. Learn about how the strategy evolved through the completion of the following activities:

      • Evaluating the current state and defining a future state
      • Performing an environmental scan
      • Identifying key initiatives along with risks and interdependencies required to meet the future state
      • Completing an analytics pilot using an agile approach and big data.

      Take away experienced perspectives to help you develop your data and analytics strategy.

    • 2:00 PM
      Case Study: Predictive Analytics
      Using Electronic Medical Records to Reduce Critical Events
      Dr. Alison Fox-Robichaud, BSc, MSc, MD, FRCPC
      Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, McMaster University
      Staff Physician, Hamilton Health Sciences

      Predictive analytics offer a means to predict which patients are at risk of medical emergency and to provide care before it becomes critical. Anticipate your patients’ needs to treat them proactively. Develop a plan to:

      • Import and analyze data immediately
      • Reduce unnecessary intensive care admissions
      • Prepare for incidents before they occur

      Apply analytics to treat your patients proactively and improve outcomes.

  • 2:45 PM
    Afternoon Break
  • 3:15 PM
    Case Study: Population Health Segmentation
    An Approach to Population Health Segmentation Analytics for Better Healthcare Delivery
    Wendy Gerrie
    Director, Regional Integrated Decision Support, Hamilton Health Sciences Centre
    Lillian Vasilic
    Manager, Decision Support BI Solutions, Hamilton Health Sciences

    Segmentation analytics allow healthcare organizations to tailor service delivery to meet the needs of diverse patients. Apply this method to target the specific needs of particular patient segments better. Create a strategy to:

    • Identify patient segments
    • Recognize diverse patient needs
    • Create a targeted approach to healthcare delivery

    Implement population health segmentation analytics to deliver tailored healthcare services to your patients.

  • 3:45 PM
    Improving Data Collection for Better Outcomes
    Trevor Strome
    Director, Analytics & Business Intelligence, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
    Kamini Milnes
    Director, IM/IT, Toronto Central Community Access Centre
    Jamie Bono
    Chief Reporting Officer, Millennium Collaborative Care PPS
    Brendan Behan
    Program Lead, Informatics and Analytics, Ontario Brain Institute

    Quality information can only be developed from quality data. However, many organizations struggle to collect quality data. Improve your data input to enhance your information output. Source best practices to:

    • Standardize data
    • Train frontline workers
    • Clean existing data

    Develop your strategy for better data collection and improved results.

  • 4:45 PM
    Conference Adjourns to Day Two
  • 4:50 PM
    Cocktail Reception

    Don’t miss this exclusive end-of-day gathering with conference speakers and attendees! Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Unwind, mingle and build relationships that will benefit you in the years to come. Bring your business cards.

December 8, 2016
December 9, 2016
  • 8:15 AM
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:05 AM
    Opening Comments from the Chair
    Trevor Strome
    Director, Analytics & Business Intelligence, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
  • 9:15 AM
    Keynote: The Alberta Experience
    The Dangers of Decision-based Data-making: Ensuring that Data Improves Healthcare Decisions
    Dr. Raj Sherman, BMedSci, M.D., CCFP (EM), FCFP,
    Emergency Physician, Royal Alexandra Hospital and North East Community Health Centre

    Cold, hard data does not lie – or so we would believe. The reality is more complicated and there is a danger of generating data that fits your decision-making, rather than supporting it. Get an inside account on how to:

    • Support decisions with data
    • Use appropriate benchmarks
    • Generate meaningful improvements in healthcare

    Improve your healthcare decision-making with meaningful data.

  • 9:45 AM
    Case Study: International Benchmarking
    Apply International Data to Benchmark Health System Performance
    Tracy Johnson, MBA
    Director, Health System Analysis and Emerging Issues, Canadian Institute for Health Information

    Looking abroad, to international healthcare systems, helps assess healthcare delivery in Canada. Assess how your healthcare organization stacks up on a global scale. Gather insights on how to:

    • Measure healthcare outcomes against world benchmarks
    • Emulate global healthcare leaders
    • Implement international best practices

    Implement best practices to improve your healthcare delivery.

  • 10:15 AM
    Morning Break
  • 10:45 AM
    Industry Expert
    Harnessing the Power of Untapped Healthcare Data to Drive Impactful Clinical Insights
    Dr. Kimberly Chulis
    Technology Solutions Professor – Data Insights, Microsoft

    Technological advancements in Big Data and IoT analytics allow healthcare providers new access to a wealth of untapped health-related data. Images, hand-written case notes, audio, video, telemedicine photos, comments in forums, questions on medical sites, and social media postings all represent a potent source of patient-level data that can be processed from its raw form into structured formats that become powerful predictors. Gain insights on:

    • How these unstructured data sources are collected and managed to drive precision medicine through the use of underlying analytics
    • Making predictions on outcomes of precision surgery for Lasik and cataract procedures.
    • Text mining Twitter data to understand who is communicating about diseases in social networks

    Incorporate new sources of data with existing EMR data to drive outcomes.

  • Strategy and Operations
    Clinical Outcomes
    • 11:15 AM
      Case Study: Readmissions
      Applying Analytics to Reduce Hospital Readmissions
      Doug Mitchell
      Director Decision Support, Guelph General Hospital
      David Dornan
      BI Analyst, Decision Support, Guelph General Hospital

      Analytics allow clinicians to proactively identify and manage patients with a high risk of readmission. Apply analytics to improve your patient outcomes and maximize limited resources. Develop best practices to:

      • Prioritize patients with a heightened risk
      • Minimize unnecessary readmissions
      • Quantify the overall impact of readmission reductions

      Reduce costs and maximize resources by limiting readmissions using analytics.

    • 11:45 AM
      Case Study: Real-time Analytics
      Using Real-time Analytics to Improve Clinical Outcomes for Surgical Wait Times
      Keary Fulton-Wallace, B.Sc., M.H.S.A
      Senior Health Information Specialist, St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital
      Chair, Utilization Managers Network of Ontario

      Analytics typically provide a retrospective snapshot of clinical information, which may be untimely or out-of-date. Real-time analytics will provide your organization with instantaneous information to support immediate decisions. Take away solutions to:

      • Provide surgeons’ offices and the hospital with a visual system to improve surgical wait times
      • Enhance patient experience
      • Streamline the flow of information for both surgeons’ offices and hospitals

      Apply analytics in real time to improve your wait times.

  • 12:15 PM
    Networking Lunch
  • 1:30 PM
    Keynote: System-wide Analytics
    Implementing a System-wide Analytics Program for Better Healthcare Delivery
    Dr. Ewan Affleck, CM, MD
    Medical Director, Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority

    Dr. Ewan Affleck was made a member of the order of Canada for his pioneering work in electronic medical records. Hear how he is applying analytics to improve healthcare delivery in remote areas and source innovative solutions for your own organization. Gain expert insights on how to:

    • Improve information sharing across distances
    • Enhance the quality of healthcare delivery
    • Increase accountability for healthcare outcomes

    Enhance the quality of your healthcare delivery with analytics.

  • 2:00 PM
    Interactive Problem Solving Forum
    Share Best Practices to Overcome Common Issues in Healthcare Analytics

    Work collaboratively with your peers to identify common issues associated with healthcare analytics programs. Source best practices and develop your own strategy to overcome these issues.

  • 2:30 PM
    Afternoon Break
  • 3:00 PM
    Case Study: Parkinson Disease Ontology
    Applying New Methods to Biomedical Data to Provide Critical Insights
    Sujoy Paul BASc, MPhil, MBA
    Manager, Database Services, Alberta Health Services

    The availability of biomedical data from different data sources makes necessitates new methods that enable both clinicians and researchers to access information that is not only meaningful in their assessments but also provides critical insights. Text mining when used in conjunction with domain specific ontology (e.g. WordNet) provides more meaningful insights since it has already reduced the ambiguity that is prevalent in your databases. Source strategies on how to:

    • Apply ontologies in the field of neuroinformatics, specifically on Parkinson's Disease
    • Capture tacit knowledge
    • Integrate a knowledge map

    Leverage biomedical data to improve your insights.

  • 3:30 PM
    Building a Culture of Measurement in Healthcare to Improve Patient Outcomes
    Tyler Chalk
    Director of Strategy and Optimization, SickKids
    Tammy Arntson
    Manager Data and Decision Support, Covenant Health Canada
    Kiren Handa MSc, MBA
    Director, Analytics and Business Intelligence Analytics and Informatics, Cancer Care Ontario
    Jason Lewis
    Manager, Quality & Data Management, Regional Paramedic Program for Eastern Ontario

    Building support for analytics means developing a culture of measurement in healthcare. Develop a strategy to build support in your organization. Source best practices to:

    • Reduce opposition to analytics
    • Highlight positive performance with analytics
    • Develop a culture of feedback

    Gain organizational support for analytics in your organization.

  • 4:15 PM
    Conference Adjourns
December 9, 2016

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