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Summary of the event produced by The Globe and Mail’s Events team. The Globe editorial staff was not involved.

As the global pandemic begins to recede, healthcare providers are refocusing on longer-term priorities and building on the innovations implemented during the crisis. Virtual healthcare – which once seemed like a distant target – emerged almost overnight. Technologies such as AI, smart devices, and data tools are improving patient care, diagnostics, and system efficiency.

What approaches and priorities will support innovation by healthcare professionals, technology developers, institutions and communities? The Globe and Mail hosted a webcast on September 12 to bring together health care leaders to discuss ways to improve access to care.

Did you miss the live event or want to watch it again? Scroll down to the video player below.

The event opened with a conversation focused on key healthcare priorities, featuring Bernard Lord, CEO of Medavie Health Services; and Dr. Alexandra GreenhillFounder, CEO and Medical Director of Careteam Technologies, powered by Kelly Grantnational health reporter for the Globe and Mail.

Mr. Lord and Dr. Greenhill spoke about the urgency of innovating the Canadian health care system given the aging of the population and the resulting increase in chronic diseases. They also shared approaches to improving access to care for patients and to closing communication gaps between patients and their care teams.

Following the interview, Ms. Kelly moderated a panel of health technology leaders, including:

  • Dr Muhammad MamdaniVice President of Data Science and Advanced Analytics at Unity Health Toronto;
  • Carlo PerezCEO of Swift Medical;
  • Dr. Samira A. RahimiAssistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University.

The panel discussed how artificial intelligence (AI) is improving predictive medicine in hospitals and expanding patient care options at home and in the community. They also discussed AI-related risks such as bias and exclusion of populations in data algorithms.

Carly Weeks, a health journalist with The Globe and Mail, then moderated a panel discussion focused on improving care for patients with chronic conditions. The group spoke about the work they are doing to integrate chronic disease screening and management into community hubs such as pharmacies, the value of remote patient monitoring, and virtual care success strategies. The panel included:

  • Tony LemonCMA patient voice chair;
  • Dr. Heather Rossprofessor of medicine at the University of Toronto and head of the division of cardiology at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre;
  • Shy AmlaniExecutive Director of Neurosciences Rehabilitation and Vision SCN with Alberta Health Services;
  • Hector BremnerCEO of Avricore Health Inc.

To conclude the event, Dr Ivar Mendez showcased the work he is doing to extend health care and services such as prenatal ultrasounds to remote and isolated communities using AI, robotics and virtual care practitioners.

Watch the full webcast below:

The Globe and Mail featured the event with support from Medavie Health Services and Avricore Health Inc. To learn more about upcoming events, visit