0159 Reimagining health data use: Overcoming the blues


Canada’s capacity to exploit health data to provide quality health service for individuals and populations is poor relative to other high-income countries. In this session recording, Dr. Affleck examines Canada’s approach to health data design and management in the care of individuals, linking this to poor performance with COVID-related data. Reflecting on the role of governance and policy, he reviews exciting, new efforts in Canada to reimagine health data use for the digital age and consider the growing importance of health information professionals at decision-making tables.



Presented by Dr. Ewan Affleck, CM, MDCM, CCFP, BSc

A graduate of the McGill School of Medicine, and Dalhousie University where he studied history, Ewan Affleck worked and lived in northern Canada for 30 years. He is currently serving as the Senior Medical Advisor – Health Informatics, College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta, and is the past Chief Medical Information Officer of the Northwest Territories. A nationally recognized digital health information 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.

He is currently a member of the Expert Advisory Group of the pan-Canadian Health Data Strategy, and is the chair of the Alberta Virtual Care Working Group. He has served on boards in both the public and private sector, maintains a part-time clinical practice, and was the Executive Producer and co-writer of The Unforgotten (2021), a film about inequities in health service for Indigenous people living in Canada. In 2013, he was appointed to the Order of Canada for his contribution to northern health care. Ewan is married and has two children.

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