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TRANSFORM HF Networking Event

May 3, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT


As the size and impact of the TRANSFORM HF network continues to grow, we are excited to invite all members to our first in-person networking event! At our NODE event, clinicians, investigators, trainees, people with lived heart failure experience, and industry representatives will come together to (re)connect, explore opportunities for collaboration, and accelerate the pace of digital innovations for heart failure care. 

The event will kick off with a Fireside Chat on the present and future landscape of digital health, featuring Dr. Sacha Bhatia (Executive Lead, Population Health and Value-based Health Systems, at Ontario Health) and our own Dr. Heather Ross.  

Drawing from their respective mix of clinical, operational, health system, and research leadership Drs. Bhatia and Ross will explore the possibilities of digital health and how digital solutions can drive health equity in Ontario.

Dr. Sacha Bhatia

Dr. Sacha Bhatia

Executive Lead, Population Health and Value-based Health Systems, at Ontario Health

Before his current position, Dr. Bhatia was the FM Hill Chair in Health Systems Solutions, the Chief Medical Innovation Officer of Women’s College Hospital (WCH), as well as the Division Head of Cardiology at WCH. A scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (IC/ES) and an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, he has been published in international peer reviewed journals like the New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA Internal Medicine. In 2013, he founded the Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV) and served as its Director until 2019. He has been a commentator on Bloomberg News, CTV News and the CBC, and has been asked to give over 100 presentations internationally, nationally and regionally over the past 6 years.  

He is a recipient of the American College of Cardiology’s Young Investigator Award, the American Society of Echocardiography’s Arthur E. Weyman Young Investigator Award, and most recently the Goldie Award for Quality and Innovation and the Louise Lemieux Charles Emerging Leader award at the University of Toronto. He sits on the boards of the Heart and Stroke Foundation and DREAM Industrial REIT, a publicly traded company listed on the TSX.  

Previously, he worked as a clinical and research fellow in cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University. Dr. Bhatia received his medical degree and MBA at McGill University and his internal medicine and cardiology training in Toronto. 

Collaborative Exploration Clusters

Focussed collaboration and networking on key digital health and multi-sectoral co-creation themes: 

  • Remote monitoring and consultation 
  • Wearables and remote diagnostics 
  • Machine learning and AI 
  • Co-creation and ideation with people with lived experience and communities 

In a facilitated setting, small multi-disciplinary groups of network members with shared research interests will interact and explore specific challenges related to the above themes, through a health equity lens. Members will have the opportunity to pre-submit challenges/problems for exploration as well as select which cluster they would like to be a part of on the day-of. 

Anticipated outcomes of this session include: 

  • The sparking of future collaborations which may be eligible for support through TRANSFORM HF’s Collaboration Starter Grants or Seed Grants. 
  • The feeding of projects into Centre for Research and Innovation Support’s June 2022 Explore Collaboration Series, a program centred on bridging interested organizations and experienced researchers in discussions around specific research challenges to identify real world needs and co-create solutions.
  • Enhanced connections across TRANSFORM HF’s network of 120+ members.

Social Hour

NODE will close with an informal cocktail hour of light snacks and drinks. After two years of virtual events, attendees are encouraged to reconnect with colleagues and meet new members face-to-face.

This free event is open to all TRANSFORM HF members. However, due to current COVID-19 considerations, on-campus event space capacity limits are reduced. It is encouraged that members register as soon as possible to secure their spot.

May 3, 2022
3-6 pm

University of Toronto, Hart House
Music Room (2nd floor on the west side of the building)

As of today, the University of Toronto requires a mask to be worn at all times, in all spaces, unless exempt due to a medical condition or under the Human Rights Code. Masks can be removed while actively eating or drinking.

Please note that parking is not available directly outside of Hart House. Public parking lots are available here; and all subject to availability and pricing as set by the managing parking authorities.


May 3, 2022
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT


Hart House, Music Room (2nd Floor)
7 Hart House Circle
Toronto, Ontario
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