Please note that this agenda is subject to change
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Hot Buffet Breakfast & Registration
8:30 AM – 8:40 AM
Opening Remarks & Introductions
8:40 AM – 9:00 AM
"A global midlife knee crisis” Role and future of modern therapies
Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee is increasing at an alarming rate globally and the population affected by it is getting younger. The traditional treatments like total knee replacement, although still the right option in many older patients, there is an alarming increase in severe OA in the younger population which has posed a significant dilemma for the medical professionals. While there are new challenges there is also excitement and hope for a brighter future. He will discuss the present choices, the challenges and the future of the treatment for osteoarthritis.
Speaker: Dr. Syed Haider – Markham Stouffville Hospital
9:00 AM – 9:35 AM
Technology, Innovation and Disruption in Canadian Group Insurance......No, Seriously
We’ve seen it happen in other industries – technology and new approaches to the business radically change the industry in a short period of time. Compared to what companies like Airbnb, Netflix, Apple or Uber have done in other industries, the group benefits business in Canada hasn’t changed much. Yet. Tim will provide an overview of the kinds of companies (large & small) looking at our business as one ready for disruption and what this might mean for how employers deliver health, benefits and insurance programs to their employees in the near future.
Speaker: Tim Clarke – tc Health Consulting
9:35 AM – 9:50 AM
9:50 AM – 10:25 AM
Entering the new age of healthcare technology – what’s out there, what’s coming and the impact on healthcare plans
You simply cannot talk about healthcare technology today without discussing wearables and the internet of things (IoT) and their impact on the healthcare system. From the number of devices currently in the market, their capabilities, the impact they are having on people’s overall wellness and their ever-increasing impact on outcomes. These, along with other new healthcare technology developments, such as telepathology are providing a more effective and efficient way to improve outcomes, which means it’s a really exciting time to be in the healthcare technology field.
Speaker: Paul Clark – WorldCare International Inc.
10:25 AM – 11:00 AM
Driving plan value - Innovation and changes in group benefit plans
Legislative changes, technology advances, new drug treatments etc., can all create opportunities for innovation and change to benefit plans. In this session, Karen will share examples of recent and pending changes and the potential impact on benefit plans.
Speaker: Karen Voin – Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association
11:00 AM – 11:25 AM
Panel Discussion / Q & A and Closing Remarks Networking Opportunity
11:25 AM – 12:00 PM
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