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
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
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
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
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
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