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The Digital Health Hype: Empowering patients in a digital age

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Italian Cultural Centre

3075 Slocan Street

Vancouver, BC V5M 3E4

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Did you know technology can improve your health?

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The evening will feature four short presentations on different digital health initiatives, followed by a Q&A with the speakers.

Light refreshments will be served.

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Shirley Weir

Master of Ceremonies

Shirley Weir is on a mission to empower women to navigate perimenopause & menopause with confidence and ease. She is the founder of MenopauseChicks.com and its popular private online community and she recently published her first book, MOKITA (means “the truth we all know, but choose not to speak of,”) which reached #1 on Amazon.ca in women’s health.

Ciana Maher

An introduction to digital health

For the past decade, Ciana has worked at the intersection of healthcare and digital technologies working alongside researchers, software engineers and web developers and patients on projects to enhance health service delivery. For the past 12 months Ciana has worked as the Digital Health Research Program Manager, building the Digital Health Program at BC Women’s Hospital and the Women’s Health Research Institute.

Dr. Aline Talhouk

Differential privacy

Dr. Talhouk is an assistant professor in the department of Obstetrics & Gynecology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. She is also a principal investigator at OVCARE, where she directs a data science and informatics laboratory. She completed her PhD in Statistics at UBC in 2013 with a focus on computational statistics and machine learning. During this time, she was the recipient of the prestigious NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship.

Dr. Talhouk's current research program proposes to bring individualized care to endometrial cancer patients by using genetic characteristics of the cancer, as well as other data and risk factors, to predict which women are at higher risk of getting endometrial cancer, or having recurrent disease, and directing them to the appropriate prevention strategy and therapeutic options. Dr. Talhouk is also researching the ethical use of innovative tools in digital health and informatics, including mobile health data and data from wearables. She is collaborating with researchers from computer science to build infrastructure that uses privacy preserving artificial intelligence and machine learning to derive predictive analytics that empower patients, without compromising their privacy.

Sandy Zhang

CervixCheck

Sandy Zhang is a Research Assistant with the Global Control of HPV Related Diseases and Cancer team at the Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI). She holds both a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and Master of Public Health from Simon Fraser University. Sandy’s interest in digital health began with her MPH practicum in summer 2018 with the Global HPV Control team working on CervixCheck, a web-based application which utilizes HPV self-collection kits to improve cervix screening among under-screened women in BC. Her role involved engaging with patients and clinicians in collaborating family practices through administering a cross-sectional digital health literacy survey to assess the feasibility and acceptability of CervixCheck before its launch. After completing her practicum, Sandy was brought on to provide research assistance with CervixCheck's launch. Her favourite part of work is connecting with women in the community and working with front-line health care teams to better address barriers to cervix screening through a unique and innovative digital health initiative.

Madison Lackie

The SUPPORT Study

Madison recently completed her Master of Science in the Reproductive and Developmental Sciences program at the University of British Columbia. Her research focused on informing the development of a web-enabled intervention for postpartum depression based on the needs of women in British Columbia. She is now continuing this research as a Research Coordinator at the Women’s Health Research Institute.

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