The IHI Open School Canadian Chapter Network (ICCN) Health Innovation for All Conference will take place on Saturday, June 10, 2017.

Attendees will have the opportunity to better understand key drivers of health systems innovation and gain practical skills in quality improvement through Interactive workshops. These workshops will also highlight innovations in technology, sustainability, and interprofessional collaboration that lead to systems transformation in Healthcare.

More about each speaker here


Workshop A (10:15 – 11:30 AM) Interprofessional Experience [IPE]

Workshop 1: From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe: Promoting Optimal Health for Newcomer Refugees. (At Room MSB 2170)

Presentation by: Dr. Vanessa Redditt, University of Toronto, Women’s College Hospital

This workshop will explore collaborative models for addressing the comprehensive health care needs of newly arrived refugee populations in the Canadian context. Participants will learn about the scope of refugee migration to Canada, common health concerns, and strategies for promoting health and well-being in this population.

Session Objectives: 

1. Explore collaborative models for addressing the comprehensive health care needs of new immigrants

2. Learn about the scope of refugee migration to Canada, common health concerns and strategies for promoting health well-being in this population

Workshop 2: PDSA and Interprofessional Teams (At Room MSB 3153)

Presentation by: Dean Lising, Strategy Lead and Collaborative Practice Lead at the Centre for IPE, University of Toronto, and Student Chapter and Co-Chair of the Interprofessional Care Community of Practice.

This workshop will explore rapid (Plan, Do, Act, Study) PDSA cycle testing. The workshop will cover prediction, measurement, and rapid cycle testing. It will elaborate on the value of collaborative learning and practice and the importance of working in interprofessional quality teams.

Session Objectives: 

1. Understand rapid cycle PDSA testing

2. To consider the importance of process vs task with interprofessional quality teams

3. Demonstrate the value in collaborative learning and practice

Workshop 3: Using a LEAN approach to Process Improvement (At Room MSB 3154)

Presentation by: Tess Devji, Toronto Rehab, UHN

This workshop will explore how using a LEAN approach to process improvement in the hospital setting can improve productivity and decrease waste in a healthcare setting. The workshop will demonstrate how interprofessional teamwork contributes to increased patient patient focus productivity and decreased waste in healthcare.

Session Objectives: 

1. To understand the “lean” process improvement, tools used and describe parallels with IPE/IPC principles

2. To describe process mapping and its benefits.

3. To identify how interprofessional collaboration in process improvement positively influences patient outcomes, quality of care and patient safety.

Workshop 4: The 5 Essential Viewpoints Behind Every Medical Innovation (At Room MSB 2172)

Presentation by: Dr. Fazila Seker, Director of Technology & Venture Development, MaRS Innovation

Everybody loves innovation. We know new ideas are vital for creating and improving our experience of the world around us.

So why is it so hard to get new ideas to the people they were meant to help and feed the craving all human beings have for innovation?

We will explore some of the unspoken beliefs about innovation and assumptions that form the barriers to translating innovative research into new products for societal benefit and enjoyment. Using case examples from MaRS Innovation, we’ll take a close look at successful venture development for new medical device technologies making the journey from lab curiosity to better healthcare for society.

Session Objectives: 

1. Explore unspoken beliefs about innovation

2. Explore the assumptions that form barriers to translating innovating research into new products for societal benefit.

3. Share examples of successful venture development for new medical device technologies from the lab to implementation


Workshop B (2:00 – 3:15 PM) Technology:

Workshop 1: How consumer socialization influences thinking about how to design assistive technology devices for kids with disabilities.  (At Room MSB 3153)

Presentation by: Dr. Steve Ryan, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and University of Toronto

In this workshop, participants will learn about how child health researchers at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto have applied consumer product marketing theory to understand what children with disabilities think about assistive technology devices. Assistive technology devices refer to durable products that can help a child with a disability to function well at home, school, work, and in the community. Participants will learn about a simple measurement approach that researchers developed to understand the product opinions of children between the ages of 8 and 14 years. A series of research studies involving children demonstrates how this approach has help the researchers learn more about the acceptability, practicality, and value of new technologies such as push rim-activated, power-assist manual wheelchairs and augmentative and alternative communication technologies.

Session Objectives: 

1. Identify at least 2 measurement properties that are important to consider before adopting a health measurement scale.

2. Recognize 3 dimensions that may be used to understand more about the consumer product opinions of children with and without disabilities.

3. List at least 3 environmental resources that may be used to improve the functioning of children with disabilities.

Workshop 2: Considering Human Factors in the Quality Control of Medical Devices (At Room MSB 2170)

Presentation by: Dr. J. Christopher Bouwmeester, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream at the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering

This workshop will provide participants with an understanding why quality control in the design of medical devices is necessary to ensure safe and effective operation. A hands on activity will put participants in a scenario where they will create a medical device and consider the team dynamics which influence the quality of final products.

Session Objectives: 

1. To understand the necessity of Quality Systems (QS)

2. To explain why QS are important for medical device development


Workshops C (2:00 – 3:15 PM) Sustainability:

Workshop 1: Some of the Things You Wanted to Know about MHA NGOs in Canada But Were Afraid to Ask (At Room 3154)

Presentation by: Dr. Steve Lurie, Executive Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Toronto Branch, and University of Toronto Faculty of Social Work

This workshop will discuss the general history of the Canadian healthcare system and the initial exclusion of public funding for mental health and addiction services, as well as the importance of the shift of resources to the community.  It will examine the dynamics of the funding of Canadian mental healthcare and its increasing importance and yet decreasing share of public funding of all healthcare services. The importance of the CMHA will be discussed and its role as an advocacy group to increase funding despite the fact that it cannot criticize the government directly and has current difficulties with ensuring accountability. The presentation will end through introducing more challenges, opportunities, and the prospect of a better mental health care program for Canadians.

Session Objectives:

1. To increase awareness of the history of Canada’s healthcare system

2. To discuss the rise and importance of a community focused mental healthcare system

3. To introduce the challenges and prospects for better mental healthcare services in Canada

Workshop 2: Wise Tales: How to become an effective science communicator (At Room MSB 2172)

Presentation by: Jessie MacAlpine, Fourth Year, National Scholar at University of Toronto

One of the most important tasks of a scientist is to get the public excited about their science. This workshop will focus on developing strategies for effective communication and dissect the intersection between peer-reviewed research and traditional and social forms of media. We’ll analyze how media influences public health and scientific literacy and build a toolbox of communication skills. Using case studies we’ll discuss and analyze common media mistakes and how to avoid them when discussing some of the perceived ‘controversies’ in medicine and research. “Breaking news: science now accurately in the public sphere.”

Session Objectives:

1. To develop your science communication skills

2. To summarize your research results for any audience

3. Importance of media in successful science career


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