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Dr. Okan Ekinci, MD, MBA, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Marketing & Innovation at Roche Information Solutions 

Achieving Clinical Agility – new ways of working and the evolving role of digitization in healthcare

This upcoming event is jointly presented by the Telfer Health Transformation Exchange and the Champlain Regional Cancer Program. 

Clinical agility within healthcare organizations is of critical importance. The COVID-19 pandemic has had direct and collateral impacts on patient care and care delivery. At the same time, it has been a catalyst for the re-design of patient-centered care. In this upcoming seminar, Dr. Okan Ekinci, SVP, Global Health of Marketing and Innovation at Roche, will speak about new ways of working and the evolving role of digitization in healthcare. Drawing on evidence, Dr. Ekinci will explain how institutions are applying “clinical agility” to transform efficiently and effectively, key contributors to achieving clinical agility, and the importance of cross-sectoral collaboration as a driver of innovation.

When: Sept 29 @ 5 – 6:30 pm ET | Online Event 


Panel Discussion

  • Donna Maziak (Moderator), Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Ottawa; Division of Thoracic Surgery, The Ottawa Hospital
  • Lysanne Lessard, Associate Professor in Information Systems, Telfer School of Management
  • Wojtek Michalowski, Full Professor in Health Informatics and Decision Support, Telfer School of Management; and Co-lead, Telfer Health Transformation Exchange
  • Michael Fung-Kee-Fung, Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa; Head of Surgical Oncology Program, The Ottawa Hospital; Medical Director, Champlain Regional Cancer Program; and Co-lead, Telfer Health Transformation Exchange
  • Peter Liu, Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President, Research, University of Ottawa Heart Institute; Director, Cardiac Function Laboratory, University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Telfer Forum – Learning Health Systems: Facilitating Health Care Innovation and Integration

This event was part of the Telfer Forum presented by the Telfer School of Management on May 26th 2021. 

Health care leaders and professionals have been working to make the health care system more agile and integrated. The COVID-19 pandemic has only exposed and accelerated the need for this transformation. Learning health systems align science, informatics, incentives and culture for continuous improvement and innovation. They allow health care organizations to share best practices and integrate new knowledge seamlessly.

On May 26, health system researchers and health care practitioners discussed the benefits and challenges of learning health systems. Lysanne Lessard (Telfer School of Management), Wojtek Michalowski (Telfer School of Management), Michael Fung-Kee-Fung (University of Ottawa and The Ottawa Hospital), and Peter Liu (University of Ottawa Heart Institute) also explained how researchers and practitioners can collaborate to implement this framework in Canadian health care organizations.

Access the event highlights here.


Dr. Justin E. Bekelman, MD, Director of the Penn Center for Cancer Care Innovation at the Abramson Cancer Center

Joint Telfer Health Transformation Exchange and Regional Champlain Cancer Program Event- Reimagining Cancer Care: Lessons Learned From the Penn Centre For Cancer Care Innovation

On January 28, 2021, THTex welcomed Justin E. Bekelman, MD, Director of the Penn Center for Cancer Care Innovation at the Abramson Cancer Center. Dr. Bekelman is a Professor in the Departments of Radiation Oncology, Medicine, and Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine, faculty in the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, and a Senior Fellow at the Penn Center for Precision Medicine and the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics, all at the University of Pennsylvania. The event attracted over 90 participants from academia, regional hospitals, the government, and the private sector.

Dr. Bekelman described the basis of innovation in cancer care at the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center and Penn Medicine and demonstrated both successes and lessons learned in implementing clinical transformation in health care in general and in cancer care specifically. The talk focused on the intersection of discipline of innovation and behavioral economics, working with patients, clinicians and organizations to dramatically improve quality and outcomes in cancer care. Dr. Bekelman attributes success at the Penn Center for Cancer Care Innovation to the following: 1) Empowering the team, 2) Reimagining the status quo, 3) Focusing on low-risk, high-yield experiments, 4) Putting safety first, and 5) Listening and adapting. Dr. Bekelman identified methods to improve uptake of state-of-the-art care that can have a significant and lasting impacts on length and quality of life for patients with cancer. https://www.pc3i.upenn.edu/


Dr. Bob Bell, MDCM, MSc, FRCSC, FACS, FRCSE (hon), Former Deputy Minister of Health, Ontario

How good is the Canadian health system? Will private pay or private/public partnerships make it better?


Panel Discussion

  • Ralf Wilden, Associate Professor of Strategy & Innovation, Macquarie Business School, Macquarie University, Australia and co-editor of Healthcare Entrepreneurship
  • Dr. Robin Boushey, Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Ottawa, Medical Director of the Ottawa Gastrointestinal Institute, Champlain LHIN
  • Dr. Joel Werier –Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Ottawa, Medical Director OWN network
  • Dr. Angel Arnaout–Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Ottawa, Associate Scientist, Cancer Therapeutics Program
  • Mr. Sanjay Shah – Founder and President ExecHealth Ottawa 

Liberating health care capacity in a publicly funded system through entrepreneurship–challenges and opportunities


Michael Guerriere, President and Chief Executive Officer, Extendicare

Caring for the Seniors: New Paradigms to Meet a Growing Challenge


Sanjay Cherian, Vice President Product Strategy, Telus Health

Health Ecosystem: Digital Connectivity and Collaboration in Primary Care


The Honourable Kelvin K. Ogilvie, Senator, Senate of Canada

Mayday… Canada’s Healthcare System in Crisis


Jean-François Beaulé, FSA, Todd Staub, MD, Deneen Vojta, MD; UnitedHealth Group

Modernizing Health Care through Quality and Analytics with the Aim of Population Health


Dr. Alain Mouttham, Institut de Recherche de l’Hôpital Montfort

Transforming our Hospitals: Clinician-Driven Operations Management


Dr. Eric Isselbacher, MD, MHCDS, Director, Healthcare Transformation Lab, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

Innovation to Transform Healthcare: The Massachusetts General Hospital Experience


Dr. Douglas Wood, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.C., Medical Director, Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation, Rochester, Minnesota

Innovate Health, Not Healthcare: The Mayo Clinic Experience

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