e-Health 2008 conference: Extending the Reach
VANCOUVER – Organizers of the annual e-Health conference are gearing up
for the next meeting, which will be held in British Columbia’s largest
city, May 4-7.
The conference is co-hosted by COACH: Canada’s Health Informatics
Association, and CIHI (the Canadian Institute for Health Information).
For details about the agenda, including keynote addresses and
educational sessions, please see the conference website at
are CIHI President and CEO Glenda Yeates, and COACH President Shelagh
In addition to the conference program, e-Health also hosts a trade show,
where topflight corporations and entrepreneurial companies discuss what
their e-health systems can do for care providers and patients.
Conference organizers expect the theme of this year’s conference,
“Extending the Reach,” will capture the interest and enthusiasm of
To be sure, stakeholders across the healthcare system are in the midst
of ‘extending the reach’ of major information and technology services.
All healthcare providers – physicians, hospitals, community health
centres, public health, regions, provinces and territories – are
attempting to build links to each other and to important services, like
registries, diagnostic, lab and drug repositories, and clinical decision
Representatives from every level attend e-Health searching for
solutions, and seeking context and information. Appealing to a diverse
audience is only one way in which the 2008 e-Health cConference is
‘extending the reach’. Key enablers of the conference theme also
Executive Forum – Global Issues/Global Opportunities
This invitation only pre-conference event is aimed at senior executives.
The forum will examine how lessons learned in implementations abroad can
be turned into opportunities for Canadian healthcare. A highly
interactive session is planned with opportunities for discussions with
international panellists such as Richard Granger (UK), Ian Reineke
(Australia) and Canada’s own Richard Alvarez.
Because the forum attendees will be experts and leaders in their own
right, the session will also allow for interaction and discussion among
the attendees themselves. Post-conference, the key issues and
opportunities discussed at the forum will be summarized and available to
all conference-goers – thereby “extending the reach” of the forum
e-Health Interoperability Showcase
Last year’s e-Health Interoperability Showcase (the first such event in
Canada) brought vendors from across North America together to show how
their systems could interoperate. The 2008 Showcase will build on last
year’s success by:
• Continuing to demonstrate the value of standards-based
interoperability in support of a pan-Canadian electronic health record
• Including a broader scope of IHE integration profiles in the showcase
• Promoting greater participation of vendors, both at the showcase
booth, as well as through our new “distributed showcase,” allowing
vendors to participate from their own booths.
• Providing a wider variety of presentations at the Showcase Theatre and
more opportunities for visitors to tour the Showcase
Conference Program Themes and Tracks
The number of conference tracks has increased for 2008. One interesting
new track is “School of Hard Knocks” – submitters were encouraged to
provide abstracts that addressed, highlighted and even celebrated those
difficulties and outright failures that have ultimately led to greater
project success. The “Engaging the Public” track will focus on how we
can all “extend the reach” of e-Health.
Once again, the number of abstracts submitted for consideration at this
year’s e-Health Conference was almost overwhelming – in terms of quality
and quantity. The Program Committee has worked hard to ensure that this
year’s “chosen few” will truly reflect the theme of this year’s
conference. As a reflection of the quality of the abstracts submitted in
past years, more space was made available in this year’s program for
The calibre of keynote speakers at this year’s conference is again high:
Dr. Bill Crounse with Microsoft and Mike Lipkin, world renowned
communicator and motivator, are both highly respected speakers who have
addressed a wide variety of audiences across the world. The keynote
addresses promise to entertain, inform and educate – while providing
different perspectives on our industry and perhaps even ourselves.
Weaving it All Together
The abovementioned elements are only a few ways that conference
organizers are planning on “extending the reach” of this year’s event.
Whatever your interests or objectives in attending, the 2008 e-Health
Conference promises to have something for you.
See you in Vancouver!