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Accelerating Healthcare Innovation:
Sustaining Scalable Solutions

BCHIMSS 2023 Spring Conference:
May 4th & 5th, Vancouver BC


May 4th 2023: Main Conference

Sutton Place Hotel, Vancouver



How might we create and nourish a culture of innovation in healthcare? What's the secret to building impactful, innovative digital health solutions that both scale well and can survive the test of time? Come hear insightful perspectives from industry experts and thought leaders, reconnect with colleagues in person, make interesting new connections, and grow your knowledge and skills.

May 4th Main Conference Agenda

Guest Facilitator: Zen Tharani - CEO and Founder, Xenex Consulting Inc.

8:30-8:40am: Welcome & Land Acknowledgement

Shane Pointe - Musqueam First Nation Community Member and Knowledge Keeper

8:40-8:45am: Kickoff and Housekeeping

8:45-9:00am: Patient Perspective: Why Co-Creating Health Care Systems is Important

Al Raimundo (Them/Their/Theirs) - Tech Co-Creation Expert

9:00-10:00am: Opening keynote address: Strategies to Advance Digital Transformation to Achieve Sustainable, High Performing Health Systems in Canada

Dr. Anne Snowdon - Chief Scientific Research Officer, HIMSS

10:00-10:30am: Networking coffee/snack break

10:30-12:00pm: Panel Discussion: Healthcare Innovation Enablers

Luke Brodie - Client Innovation Services Lead, Accenture
Ka-Hay Law - Partner, TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good
Matthew Miller - Director, Brand, Digital Engagement & Innovation, Island Health
Dr. Sylvain Moreno - CEO and Scientific Director,
Circle Innovation
Kevin Samra - Executive Director, Innovation, BC Ministry of Health

Moderated by: Chris Carvalho - Principal Consultant, Carveira Group Consulting Inc.

12:00-1:00pm: Networking lunch

1:00-2:00pm: BC Digital Health Strategy: For Better Patient and Provider Experiences

May Tuason - Director, Clinical Architecture and Innovation, Provincial Health Services Authority

2:00-2:30pm: Networking coffee/dessert break

2:30-3:30pm: Integrating Patients into Care by Leveraging Digital Solutions

Brigitte Mettler, MScHI, CPA, CGA - Health Technology, Innovation & Informatics Leader &
Executive Consultant, Mettler Group Informatics

3:30-4:30pm: Closing keynote address: Moving Health Innovation at Scale

Zayna Khayat - Growth Advisor, Teladoc Health Canada

4:30-4:45pm: Closing remarks

4:45-6:30pm: Post-conference networking social


May 5th 2023: Optional Healthcare Design Thinking Workshop
Microsoft 155 Water Street Office, Vancouver


Join us on Friday, May 5th for a special full-day workshop designed in collaboration with the BC Ministry of Health's Health Innovation Hub! This active, hands-on event will introduce participants to design thinking principles and practice, spark your creativity, bring out your inner innovator, and teach new skills and tools to help build effective human-centered solutions to complex healthcare problems. Participants can expect to work through a real problem from identification to a tested prototype, experiencing every phase of design through both solo and group activities - with a focus on fun and innovative collaboration.


All roles and levels of experience are encouraged to join: all you need to bring is your enthusiasm for learning and your passion for building a better healthcare system together.

All proceeds from the May 5th Healthcare Design Thinking Workshop will be donated to help support students in the Health Design Lab program at Emily Carr University of Art & Design who are facing financial barriers to completing their education. Come enjoy a great day of learning and innovation with us while supporting a great cause!

Workshop Leaders


Erin Rohl


Erin Rohl has spent a lifetime collecting facilitation methods that deepen understanding, drive collaboration, and inspire creativity. She has nearly ten years of experience designing workshops that focus on health and wellness, most recently joining the team at the Ministry of Health's Innovation Hub.


Zach Camozzi

Zach Camozzi is an interdisciplinary designer working across industrial, systems, and service design. He brings a playful and active approach to any deisgn challenge. He is currently teaching at Emily Carr University of Design as well as facilitating with the BC government.

May 5th Workshop Agenda

8:45-9:00am: Arrival & seating

9:00-10:00am: Welcome, icebreaker, & kickoff

10:00-10:10am: Coffee Break

10:10-12:00pm: Interactive workshop activities: problem definition and idealization

12:00-1:00pm: Lunch

1:00-2:50pm: Interactive workshop activities: group discussion and solution prototyping

2:50-3:00pm: Snack Break

3:00-4:30pm: Interactive workshop activities: prototype testing and feedback

4:30-5:30pm: Celebration, refreshments, & networking time!




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