The annual Canadian eHealth conference offers a wealth of networking and information gathering opportunities for Mark and me. We get to renew old acquaintances, make new friends, and, perhaps most importantly, get a sense of the key issues facing the Canadian eHealth sector.
Although the official attendance figures have not yet been published, many of the people with whom we spoke feel that attendance is down over previous years. Certainly the trade show floor seems less crowded with what appear to be fewer exhibitors and smaller booths.
The opening keynote speaker was Peter Manbridge. While he was highly entertaining and a marvelous storyteller, his speech had little to do with eHealth. Indeed, it seemed to be a highly polished but general purpose presentation designed to appeal to a wide variety of audiences. I was hoping to hear more insights into politics of healthcare and a media perspective on how to pitch eHealth to the media.
The afternoon issues debate plenary was more informative and insightful. I will write more later on some of the key points raised by the panel.
I am now sitting with Mark waiting to hear Dr. David Blumenthal and Richard Alvarez speak. I have been following developments in the US with considerable interest and look forward to hearing what he has to say. More on this session in a later blog post.