Community Learning Space

Smarter Health Seminar Series:
Emerging Solutions - Health Informatics Tools for the Future

The infraNET Project and the Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research are hosting a special seminar series entitled "Smarter Health: Emerging Solutions - Health Informatics Tools for the Future". 

Speakers in this innovative series will present new, emerging, disruptive, innovative technologies, concepts, methods or processes that have the potential of positively impacting health or the health system.

The presentations by industry and healthcare experts 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

Date and Time:

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


No charge to attend, but pre-registering to reserve a seat is recommended.

Seminars and Speakers

September 22, 2004 - My Care Source: A Web-based Patient Care Portal
Glen Kearns, VP & CIO and Claudette DeLenardo, Director, Patient Portal
Grand River Hospital, Kitchener

October 27, 2004 - NORTH Network and the Future of Telemedicine
Dr. Ed Brown, MD, Executive Director, NORTH Network

November 24, 2004 - Paediatric Engineering Rehabilitation
Dr. Tom Chau, Coordinator, Intelligent Systems Research Program
Bloorview MacMillan Children s Centre, Toronto

January 26, 2005 - Grand Challenges for Biomedical Information Retrieval
in the 21st Century

Dr. William Hersh, Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology,
School of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University

February 23, 2005 - Areas of IT Strategic Emphasis at Partners Healthcare
Dr. John P. Glaser, VP & CIO, Partners Healthcare System, Inc., Boston

March 23, 2005 - Rattling the Supply Chain:
The Opportunity of Supply Chain Management in Healthcare

Sarah Friesen, General Manager, Shared Healthcare Supply Services

April 20, 2005 - The Human Side of Health Informatics
Jim Anderson, Professor, Dept. of Medical Sociology &
Dept. of Health Communications, Purdue University

May 25, 2005 - Managing Risk in Health Information Systems
Michael Connolly, CEO and Brendan Seaton, CP&SO
Smart Systems For Health Agency

June 22, 2005 - eHealth is Changing Health Care Culture
Sam Marafioti, Vice Chair, Ontario Hospital eHealth Council
VP, Strategy & Development, and CTO,
Sunnybrook & Women's College Health Sciences Centre