Partners in the Power of Information Sharing: Educate, Empower, Engage

  • 03 Oct 2019
  • Red & White Club, Calgary

Partners in the Power of Information Sharin

Partners in the Power of

Information Sharing:

Educate, Empower, Engage

Digital health is transforming the way health care is delivered empowering citizens to become better partners in care and strengthening the health care system.


·     Did you know that as an Albertan you now have access to your personal health record?

·     Did you know that access to personal health information can improve health care experiences and outcomes?

·     Do you want to know how to become an active partner in your health care by accessing your health information?

Save the Date for: Partners in the Power of Information Sharing: Educate, Empower, Engage, presented by IMAGINE Citizens Collaborating for Health and the O'Brien Institute for Public Health. This day-long event is designed to inform citizens on the power of digital health, and provide ongoing engagement opportunities to shape Alberta’s rapidly expanding digital health landscape.

WHEN: October 3, 2019

WHERE: Red & White Club, Calgary

More details to follow


Larry Sylvestre,

IT visionary, IBM Watson

Larry Sylvestre is a recognized expert and pioneer in digital health technologies. He has held leadership positions with community clinic groups, health regions, ministries of health and federal agencies.  

Over the course of his career, Larry has led some of the first and largest efforts to digitize radiology in Canada. As a consultant, Larry has been called upon by several private and public healthcare organizations to author their IT strategies.  

Larry is a certified imaging informatics professional, a biomedical technologist, and he has an MBA from the University of Calgary.  

Shaneel Pathak,

HAnalytics Solutions

Shaneel Pathak's late-wife was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2013, and he has since become an advocate for lung cancer research, a speaker and entrepreneur. 

His company, HAnalytics Solutions was started because of the challenges his late wife, and many others who suffer from cancer experience. The company created a digital journal for patients to track their health and provide the data in a meaningful way to advocate for themselves.  

The service collects anonymized real world evidence, and HAnalytics is now partnering with foundations who need data to advocate and influence health policy for their members.  

Ewan Affleck, MD 

College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta

Dr. Ewan Affleck has worked and lived in northern Canada since 1992. He is currently serving as the senior medical advisor —health informatics, College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta. A digital health information systems expert, he pioneered the implementation of an enterprise electronic medical record system in the Northwest Territories that is unprecedented in Canada in its level of integration. 

In 2013, Ewan was appointed to the Order of Canada for his contribution to northern health care. 

O'Brien Institute for Public Health, TRW 3E11, 3280 Hospital Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4 

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The O'Brien Institute for Public Health at the University of Calgary supports excellence in population health and health services research, while realizing the benefits of such research by using that knowledge to inform community, policy and health practice stakeholders. 

The Institute's membership includes more than 480 multidisciplinary researchers from 13 Cumming School of Medicine departments, nine additional University of Calgary faculties, including Nursing, Veterinary Medicine, Kinesiology and Arts; health professionals in Alberta Health Services; and, research users and policy makers from municipal and provincial institutions. As an Institute, we share a vision of "better health and health care," reflecting our two priority research areas of Improved Population Health and Enhanced Health Systems Performance. 

The Institute's success in brokering broader external relationships with provincial and national interest groups, policy makers, research agencies, the media, philanthropists, and community stakeholders, further extends the reach and impact of our members' significant research outputs. 

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