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Innovation in Patient Education during COVID-19

When: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom - Online,

Join us for an online panel discussion on how we are providing care virtually, what patient education looks like in a virtual environment, how patient educators participate in virtual care and what we can do to expand our patient education efforts during COVID.

Panel speakers:

Dr. Sharon Domb

Dr. Sharon Domb is a family physician, the physician IT lead at Sunnybrook Family Practice, and an associate professor at the University of Toronto. As a peer leader with OntarioMD since 2009, she has provided guidance to numerous other academic and community groups on their EMR implementations and enhanced functionality. She has served as the co-chair of the EMR Users Group at the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, and has been a member of numerous digital health committees, both nationally and provincially. With over 25 years of clinical experience in the academic environment, Dr. Domb is well-versed with the numerous factors that contribute to complex EMR implementations, including educational requirements, custom interfaces with hospital IT systems, and integrating with hospital IT policies.​

Dr. Illana Halperin

Dr. Ilana Halperin is an endocrinologist at Sunnybrook and assistant professor at University of Toronto. She was an early adopter of the Ontario Telemedicine Pilot Project for direct to patient video visits and gained international attention after she tweeted about a successful virtual clinic done from her family cottage all prior to the pandemic. She also has a large practice of patients with diabetes and uses advanced technologies such as continuous glucose monitors (a wearable technology) to help facilitate virtual care. When the pandemic hit she was called upon by Diabetes Canada and other local and provincial groups to provide educational sessions on how to optimize virtual care for diabetes using mobile applications and wearable technologies. As part of an interprofessional team she has converted the care for pregnant women with diabetes to completely virtual, including a group education class conducted on zoom and use of pre-appointment surveys to collect patient reported data, including blood glucose monitoring. She finds that the providing care virtually has many advantages for the patient and that coupled with other technologies like asynchronous messaging, pre-appointment surveys and wearable technologies she is able to provide meaningful advice to patients on how to optimize their diabetes without an in-person appointment.

Brandy Tanenbaum

Brandy Tanenbaum is the program coordinator in the Centre for Injury Prevention at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. The Centre for Injury Prevention delivers programming, education and research aimed at reducing the risk and severity of injury in the community. Brandy has an undergraduate degree in kinesiology and health sciences and a master’s degree in public health.

To register:

E-mail education@sunnybrook.ca and provide your name and role at Sunnybrook. You will then be provided with the Zoom details to attend the event.

This event is open only to Sunnybrook staff, physicians and learners.