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Overcoming the Digital Divide: Enhancing Equity in the Health System

UPDATE: Missed this webinar? Watch the recording here


Digital health is poised to re-shape health care delivery. 

This panel presentation, with partners from Women's College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV) and the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB), will explore these potential impacts and their implications for policy and advocacy to advance digital health equity. It is presented as part of the JCB Bioethics Seminar Series.

Last year, WIHV and JCB hosted an invitational symposium on digital health and health equity with clinicians, policymakers, health care leaders, researchers, technology vendors, and community members with an interest and expertise in these areas. This webinar will present the findings of the follow-up paper "Digital Health Technologies for More Equitable Health Systems: A Discussion Paper." The paper's authors will outline the most important themes of discussion and present action items for the Government of Ontario that will promote health equity as digital tools become more prominent in the province’s health care system. Jennifer Rayner and Sara Bhatti from the Alliance for Healthier Communities will share early findings from their research into virtual care in our sector, along with stories of how Alliance members have demonstrated leadership in advancing digital care delivery and digital equity in the context of COVID-19. These panel presentations will be followed by a time for questions, discussion, and knowledge-sharing. 

This webinar will cover:

  • The importance of a health equity and social justice perspective on digital health and virtual care in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • A summary of the recently published report, “Digital Health Technologies for More Equitable Health Systems: A Discussion Paper”, authored by team members at Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care, and the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics.
  • A description of the framework used to guide a health equity analysis of a large-scale virtual care initiative at Women’s College Hospital.
  • Experiences of implementing and using virtual care in community-based primary health care settings in Ontario.
  • Immediate action items for policy and leadership.

Speakers

  • Sara Bhatti, Research and Policy Analyst at the Alliance for Healthier Communities.
  • Shivani Chandra, Operational Lead for the Health System and Policy Innovation Stream at Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care.
  • Dara Gordon, PhD student, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at University of Toronto, and Research Coordinator, Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care
  • Ciro Muiruri, community voice.
  • Jen Rayner, Director of Research and Evaluation at the Alliance for Healthier Communities.
  • Jay Shaw, Scientist at Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care, and Research Director of AI Ethics & Health, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics.

This event is free and is open to the general public. The link to the lecture will be sent out to registered participants before the event.

Questions? Please email Laurie Bulchak at Laurie.Bulchak@UToronto.ca.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 16:00
Webinar
Free
4:00 - 5:30 pm
health