Community Learning Space

Smarter Health Seminar Series: Why Not?

The infraNET Project and the Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research are hosting a series of Smarter Health Seminars entitled "Why Not?

The 2007 seminar series is dedicated to "Why Not?", the theme for the University of Waterloo's 50th anniversary. This series will celebrate our past, but, more importantly, it will look ahead and plan for our future related to health informatics ideas and innovations. It will look at questions such as "Why not use the promise of information and communications technologies to improve health and the health-care system in Canada?" "Why not rethink how we provide health care?" "Why not do more to make it possible to receive health-care at home or in the community?" The series will feature international experts who will address these and other key questions and ideas related to health and health care.

The presentations will be 50 minutes in duration, followed by a 30-40 minute facilitated discussion.

The seminars are hosted by David Johnston, President of the University of Waterloo. Dominic Covvey, Director of WIHIR is the moderator for the seminars.

Who Should Attend:

Professionals from the health and IT industries, educators, and interested citizens


Davis Centre, Room 1302, University of Waterloo
and on the Web

Date and Time:

4th Wednesday, Sept. - Nov. and Jan. - June
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM


There is no charge to attend. However,  we request that you register and indicate how you will be attending (in person, via webcast or OTN videoconference.)

Seminars and Speakers

January 24, 2007 - "Why Not Bring Medications and Their Use Out of the Dark Ages?"
Dr. Jake Thiessen, Hallman Director, School of Pharmacy and Director, Health Sciences Centre, University of Waterloo

February 28, 2007 - "Why Not a Cognitive Science Approach to Understanding Clinician-Computer Interaction?"
Dr. Vimla Patel, Professor, Departments of Biomedical Informatics and Psychiatry, Columbia University, New York, USA

March 28, 2007 - "Why Not Improve Health Care Through Effective Knowledge Translation?"
Dr. Brian Haynes, Chair, Dept. of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics; Professor, Dept. of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics & Dept. of Medicine, McMaster University

April 25, 2007 - "Why Not Create the Ideal Health System Through Health Informatics?"
Mr. Tom Closson, Former President and CEO, University Health Network

May 23, 2007- "Why Not Evidence-based Health Policies for Nations? The Case of Global Tobacco Control"
Dr. Geoffrey Fong, Associate Professor, University of Waterloo

June 27, 2007 - "Why Not Address Clinician Knowledge Management Needs?"
Dr. Octo Barnett, Professor, Harvard Medical School and Senior Research Director, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA

September 26, 2007 - "Why Not eHealthcare Now? The Resistance to Change in Our Healthcare System."
Hon. Michael Kirby, Former Senator and Chairman, Mental Health Commission

October 24, 2007 - "Why Not Safer Health Care Right Now?"
Dr. Peter Norton (MD, CCFP, FCFP), Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Calgary

November 28, 2007 - "Why Not Advance Health Informatics Education Through Our Colleges?"
Dr. Stefan Pantazi (MD, PhD) and Dr. Yuri Kagolovsky (MD, MS), School of Health Sciences, Community Services, and Biotechnology,
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning